Two days ago, a fire ripped through Dev Hynes's flat in New York. The Cupid Deluxe singer lost everything, including his scores, hard drives, sentimental items and clothes, along with his puppy, Cupid. That night, Robin Urbani – the mother of Hynes' girlfriend, Friends singer Samantha Urbani – set up a crowdfunded charity drive for Hynes. In the space of two days, it quickly raised almost $25,000 in donations.
The fundraising has not been without its naysayers, with some questioning the ethics of the drive – Guardian writer and Vagenda co-founder Holly Baxter, goes as far as to state that the singer's "puppy sob story has left me burnt out", concluding that her purse "remain[s] as closed as my meanie heart".
Hynes has now announced that he'll be donating the money to charity. In an Tumblr post, he confesses: "If I am honest, the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn’t me saying I don’t need the money, to reiterate, i [sic] have lost everything." He goes on to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraiser and states his desire to give the money raised to three charities.
"This isn’t me being unappreciative," he says. "Tears stream down my face when Samantha shows me the nice messages people have written. It’s overwhelming in the most extremely nicest way that people would care about this."
You can read the whole Tumblr post here. On Twitter, Hynes has reiterated his gratitude for the response:
Thank you all for the overwhelming response. It means more than you could ever know. x— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) December 19, 2013
Update: Unsurprisingly, it looks as if Dev isn't too happy with the Guardian article, either.
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