Thu. Jul 25th, 2024
Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens‘ latest album, “Javelin” released today via Asthmatic Kitty, is widely recognized for its themes of heartbreak and suffering, leading many to describe it as a breakup record. On Friday morning, the album’s subject matter became even more poignant when Stevens penned and shared a heartfelt dedication to his late partner, Evan Richardson, who tragically passed away in April.

In a touching tribute, Stevens wrote, “This album is a tribute to the light of my life, my beloved partner, and my closest friend, Evan Richardson,” alongside a heartwarming picture of Richardson, beaming with a smile. “He embodied qualities that are truly exceptional—life, love, laughter, curiosity, integrity, and joy. Evan was a rare and beautiful soul, the kind you encounter once in a lifetime—precious, flawless, and extraordinary in every way.

Sufjan Stevens has maintained a very secret personal life throughout his lengthy career, rarely disclosing his own life or sexual orientation. He rarely speaks about himself except when explaining his artistic choices, as in this touching dedication.

“I know relationships can be very difficult sometimes, but it’s always worth it to put in the hard work and care for the ones you love, especially the beautiful ones, who are few and far between,” he continues in the post. “If you happen to find that kind of love, hold it close, hold it tight, savor it, tend to it, and give it everything you’ve got, especially in times of trouble.”

Earlier this year, Sufjan Stevens disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by the immune system’s attack on components of the peripheral nervous system. Stevens shared this information through an extensive post on his preferred social media platform, Tumblr. He explained that he had been absent from the promotional activities for his album “Javelin” because he had been in the hospital, undergoing intensive physical therapy to regain control of his body.

On October 5th, Stevens updated his situation by announcing his discharge from the hospital and his intention to continue his recovery through home-based and outpatient therapy. In another Tumblr post, he expressed his gratitude for the support he received, saying, “Thanks for following my hospital blog. I am grateful for all your prayers and kind wishes. Let’s all hope for global peace. Take care, stay safe, and always be true to yourself.

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