Fourteen-year-old Leah Murphy flew over 1,600 miles from her small town in north Queensland, Australia, to Brisbane to attend a Pink concert earlier this week, but she probably never imagined that her experience would end the way that it did. After Murphy, who who lost her mother back in June, spent the better portion of the Aug. 21 show holding up a sign asking for a hug from the "What About Us" singer, Pink briefly paused her show to comfort the teen.
Murphy's mother Debbie, who referred to Pink as one of her idols, purchased tickets with a friend for the singer's concert in Sydney, but passed away before she was able to attend. According to Today, Murphy and a relative, Katrina Donkin, attended Tuesday night's show in their place.
With hopes of getting Pink's attention during the show, Murphy waved a sign that read, "My name is Leah – I'm 14 years old. I lost my beautiful Mum last month. I would LOVE a hug . . . Please!" The sign moved other concertgoers, who later found themselves passing and waving it throughout the crowd until the message eventually made its way on stage to Pink. After reading it aloud, the singer stepped down from the stage to give the teen a hug.
"We couldn't believe it worked," Donkin told The Courier Mail. "She hugged her so tight, Leah cried. It was so beautiful and so meaningful." According to Murphy, the singer also offered her a few words of encouragement before hitting the stage again.
"She told me that I looked pretty. She said 'Oh, don't cry.' She said that everything was going to be OK. Then she signed my arm and we took a selfie." Murphy said. "It meant everything. It was a dream come true."