When the news broke that a former boyfriend of rapper Mia Khalifa was dead, many in the LGBT community were deeply saddened and angry.
For Khalifa, the death of her boyfriend, Killswitch engage, was a painful loss.
But for the man who made her famous, the loss of the man she loved was a blessing.
‘I was a little worried about how he was going to react, how he would feel.
But it was the truth,’ she said.
‘He had been with me since I was 15 years old, and I just knew he would not have been the same person without me.
‘But he wasn’t just any person.
He was my whole self and I was his whole self, so I was blessed to be able to meet him.
‘There are no words to express how grateful I am that he has been able to see the light.
I can’t even begin to imagine the way he would have felt, and how he will always feel about this.’
She said she was moved to tears as she watched him hug his partner and children at the memorial service.
‘We had such a good time, we were together all day and night,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘When he saw me he said, “It was so much fun, I could not stop laughing”.’
And that was it.
The tears just fell.
I think that is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.’
It was his story, and it is mine.
It’s all mine.
I am happy for him, I am very happy for his family, and his whole world will be a better place without me.’
Killswitch, a New York-based label and music video production company, were involved in a series of videos for Mia Khalifas 2009 album Love You to Death.
They were a critical hit, but not the success many expected.
Mia Khalife, the Queen of Soul, was released on February 5, 2010, and the following day the news was broken that Killswitch were to release a second album called The Return.
It was the first major break for the label since they signed the rapper to a deal in 2006, with the intention of working with her to bring more music to the world.
A year later the release of their third album, Paradise, was delayed and, for the first time, Mia Khaliffas public profile took a serious hit.
‘This was the year that my career began to take off,’ she recalled.
‘And then I had to make a change.
‘It’s not like I was thinking of retiring.
I was just thinking of my family.
‘As much as I love my family, I don’t think it is fair for me to not have any more of a voice.
‘So when they released Paradise, I was really heartbroken.
I had such great hopes.
I thought I was doing what I wanted.
I really didn’t want to be on the outside looking in.
‘For me, Paradise was the turning point in my life.
‘My life was coming together.
I wanted to share my story with the world, and in doing so, I started to feel like I had a new lease on life.’
And so, in July 2011, Mia, then 29, began a solo career, releasing two albums and an EP, including one that was a commercial success.
Her next album, 2014’s Paradise, received rave reviews and was followed by a second EP, The Return, in December that year.
But in 2017, Mia’s career fell apart again, as her personal life, her career, and her career’s relationship with Killswitch was thrown into turmoil.
‘At that time, I had already had two relationships in my entire life and two marriages.
My whole life, I’ve been through so many ups and downs in my career and I’m going through the same now,’ she explained.
‘A lot of people were really upset about that and it hurt.
‘Because of that, I lost all my family and my friends, all my fans.
‘To me, this is like a wake-up call.
I have to be ready for what’s going to happen.
‘Even though I have a new family, even though I’ve got a new relationship, I’m still Mia Khalilas daughter, and all of this is going to be taken from me.
It doesn’t mean I don:t feel like a human being, I still am a Mia Khalilee, I just need to be myself again.’
She continued: ‘I’ve got to be me again, and for me, that means being myself with the music and in the business and being honest with myself.
‘That is the way I’ve always been, but now I’m ready to tell my story.
‘Being honest is so important, and honesty is what makes you a better person and a better artist.
‘No matter what, I will always have the best of