A nine-year-old girl has become an Internet sensation after a video of her performing Adele’s Hello in a bid to connect with her late father went viral.
After her mother asked her why she was repeatedly singing the song in her bedroom, Sadiella Shroyer explained that it was her way of apologising to her dad “from the other side”.
In a heart-breaking Instagram post Ami Shroyer wrote: “This song became popular about the time we lost Mike. She would sing it over and over in her room, and I asked her one time why she liked this song so much.”
“Her response: ‘I think Daddy can hear me from the other side, and I'm sorry for everything I ever did that was wrong.’”
Ami – who is herself a singer-songwriter – revealed the emotions her daughter’s words evoked in her.
“Broke. My. Heart,” she wrote. “Still… she loves this song, even if the rest of the world is tired of it…I really really love this girl!”
According to Babble, Sadiella’s dad died in December 2015 after an unexplained obstruction eventually caused him to go into cardiac arrest.
Months later, her grandfather, Ami’s father, died from a brain haemorrhage.
Ami told the site that her family have dealt with those tragedies through a combination of faith and music.