Alicia Keys has shared on her Instagram page, the intimate letter, filled with teenage angst she wrote to her absent father, Craig Cook, when she was just 14-years-old. The star’s dad left when she was 2 and she was raised by her mom.
In the letter that says he treated her ‘as if I was never born’, written in 1994, the 39-year-old musician poured out her heart to her father.
The Fallin’ singer had written in the letter:
“It saddens me that most of my heart is bitter towards you. It’s only that little part that feels sad that’s not bitter.”
She told him she was tired of being stood up by him, tired of waiting for him to show up in her life, and that she didn’t want to see him anymore.
The letter ends,
“All I want is for you to mind your own business. I don’t want the phone calls. I don’t want the letters. I don’t want the fake acts you pull to try and make me think you care.”
In what she calls her “divorce papers” from her father, she concluded, “I don’t want anything. That’s the only way you can make me happy.”
Sharing a video of her reading the letter, the super mom and wife wrote:
”I’ve been waiting for the right moment to share this excerpt with you from #MoreMyself… ? ?
In the early part of my teens I wrote this letter to my father, Craig. I wanted nothing to do with him. My words came from a place of vulnerability and longing. At the time it hurt so much to experience what felt like empty promises.
I swore I didn’t care, but I did and it affected me deeply. I finally had enough and wrote those words. It’s CRAZY that he kept this letter after all these years. I was so shocked when he first showed me. It was tucked away in a shoe box full of memories. I’m glad he and I can look back at it now as a sign of how far we’ve come
If you feel moved to share, send me a deep relationship that you have had to remove from your life, or one that has been mended, or that you want to see evolve, or are working on changing. ?
I think it’s so powerful that relationships have their own path. And sometimes they are meant to heal…. ?
Regardless though, most of the time the healing comes from letting go.”
See the letter below…
Alicia is now married to hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz. The couple have known each other since they were teenagers.
They walked down the aisle in 2010. The Songs in A Minor star shares two children with her husband, Egypt, 9, and five-year-old Genesis.