Pansexual singer Christine and the Queens has rushed home to France after her mother’s death on Tuesday.
Christine and the Queens – whose real name is Héloïse Letissier – was due to perform at the second weekend of the Coachella musical festival in California on Saturday. She had performed at Coachella the previous Saturday.
Instead she took to Twitter to announce the passing of her mother.
‘I can only write very simple sentences,’ Letissier wrote on Twitter.
‘I lost my mother on Tuesday night.
‘I came home to go through this ordeal with my loved ones- I won’t be able to sing this Saturday. I kiss you.’
Je n’arrive qu’à écrire des phrases très simples. J’ai perdu ma mère dans la nuit de mardi. Je suis rentrée pour traverser cette épreuve avec mes proches – je ne pourrai pas chanter ce samedi. Je vous embrasse.
— Chris (@QueensChristine) April 18, 2019
The cause of death is not known or if her mother’s death was unexpected.
Letissier also cancelled a performance alongside Blood Orange in Santa Barbara, California.
Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens shot to fame in 2014 with her debut album Chaleur humaine. Multiple media outlets including, The Guardian, The Independent and Mojo, naming it the album of the year. She released her second album, Chris, last year to critical acclaim. The Guardian named it album of the year, while Time Magazine called the first single, Girlfriend, song of the year.
The singer has often explored gender in her music, often subverting gender expectations in her videos and performances.
‘I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,’ Letissier said about Girlfriend last year.
‘I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?’