Singer Kate Nash has penned a new musical tribute to a friend, who became the victim of a hate crime in London earlier this month (Jul13).
The English musician debuted the tune Pink Limo Ride on her Twitter.com account on Thursday (18Jul13) and opened up about the inspiration behind the emotional ballad - a make-up artist named Mika, whose facial bones were fractured in a violent attack as he tried to defend his companion in Soho on 13 July (13).
In a post, she writes, "On the 13th July Mika went out with one of his best friends, Bonnie, a beautiful girl who dresses alternatively & has a lot of tattoos. They were in a chicken shop in soho when a couple of guys took a disliking to her alternative look. They threatened to stab her because of the way she was dressed, she was bottled, and Mika stood in & was beaten so badly he now has a fracture in his face.
"When I looked on facebook and saw a picture of him I cried. When I got a message from Bonnie explaining what had happened to her, I cried. This next part of this piece is harder to write than describing to you how awesome my friend is. I want to say a thousand things, about how I am angry, disgusted, about how sad and sick it makes me seeing people being treated like this. I want to scream f**k into a pillow."
And now the 26 year old has dedicated a song to her pal in a bid to help him heal: "There are some small things I can do to help my friend, one of those was write him this song... and reach out to Bonnie and offer support, human to human."