A beautiful handwritten letter by singer Fiona Apple has been revealed 12 years after it was sent to a grateful 16-year-old gay fan.
High school student Bill Magee had written to the singer in 2000, who was at that time touring with her second album When the Pawn…. He handed her the letter before her show, asking her for some words of encouragement for his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
It only took a few days for the reply to come back…
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
12 years later, Magee now says on his blog that getting Fiona Apple’s letter was “the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.
“I’ve met her a couple times since, but I never got a chance thank her for taking some time out and being so thoughtful, especially for a lonely weirdo like me. Maybe someday.”