Miley Cyrus’ dog Floyd passed away earlier this week, and her tweets about it over the past couple of days have been totally heartbreaking. At one point she just tweeted, “I am miserable.” It’s easy to pass judgment on Miley for her career choices or her often ridiculous opinions, but I think this situation really humanizes her, and it’s certainly something plenty of people can relate to. If you’ve ever lost a pet or even if you’ve never had one, watching Miley break down in tears while paying tribute to Floyd at her Boston concert yesterday will make you feel incredibly sad for her. And if you’re anything like me, you might even tear up yourself.
The night before Miley’s show she took to Twitter to explain why she might not be in the best spirits during her performance:
I’m sorry in advance if I am not myself tomorrow Boston. I will try my best to be my best
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 2, 2014
Miley invited fans to sit in on her soundcheck before the concert and ended up performing Coldplay’s “The Scientist” as well as Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” which she explained was one of her and Floyd’s favorite songs to listen to together:
“I shouldn’t say he was my favorite but he was my favorite, he passed away. I just wanna do a song for him. We used to always listen to Fleetwood Mac together, it’s his favorite song.”
During her performance of “The Scientist,” Miley broke down in tears, and her sister Noah came on stage to comfort her, and it’s just heartbreaking. I know from experience that losing an animal really can feel like losing a family member. Seeing Miley’s response to Floyd’s death is not only very sad, but it serves as a reminder that celebrities, no matter how outrageous or controversial, are real people with real feelings.