When Emilija Wellrock (29) is on stage, the sun rises. She shines, dances and is always in a good mood. The pop singer currently has to fake this mood. She lost her father Michail († 51) in the Ukraine war.
She tells the newspaper “Bild”: “I almost passed out from the pain, sad, angry, angry. His death was so unnecessary.” A few days before his death, she spoke to him on the phone. “He said he was being trained on weapons to ensure calm in eastern Ukraine if necessary.”
Father didn’t want to worry her
He sent her brother a video. “You could see in his eyes that he knew he could only lose in this senseless war,” says the singer. Her father assured her that he didn’t have to fight and was only being trained to use weapons as a precaution.
A few days later, Wellrock received the terrible news that her father had died. “A projectile exploded next to him,” she says.
The singer couldn’t even attend the funeral because it would have been too dangerous. “But I was able to send a voice message to his funeral service. My brother Mikhail read them.”
Despite grief on tour
Emilija Wellrock is currently on the hit tour “U 104” and tries there in front of thousands of people not to let the pain look at them. “It was difficult for me at first. I stood on the stage and was supposed to make people happy, although everything inside me was empty and without any happiness.”
In the meantime, she has learned to deal with the situation and to stay positive. She says: “Now I know how little peace and freedom can be taken for granted.”
Duet partner of Vincent Gross
Emilija Wellrock is the stage partner of the Swiss pop singer Vincent Gross (25). The two are not a couple, but rather good friends. The Swiss also talks about the singer’s stroke of fate.
“I am angry and saddened by this senseless death and I try to offer my condolences to Emilia. To give support, »he says to «Bild». “It’s incredibly hard to get over this stroke of fate.” (fmu)