Fiona Apple’s handwritten letter to gay teen goes viral

Singer's letter becomes internet sensation over a decade after being written

Fiona Apple’s handwritten letter to gay teen goes viral
31 March 2012

A handwritten letter from singer-songwriter Fiona Apple to a high school's gay-straight-alliance has gone viral – 12 years after being written!

In 2000, the then 16-year-old high school student Bill Magee wrote to Apple asking her if she could write a sentence or two in support of his school's alliance. Within days, Magee received a handwritten response from the Criminal hitmaker.

The letter begins with Apple apologising for not replying sooner before writing:

'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 to 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.'

Writing on his Tumblr page, Magee recounts the experience, saying 'this has been 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.'

Fiona Apple's new album, titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords WIll Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is scheduled for release this summer.



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