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Christian Atsu’s widow defends her dance video

Earlier this week, Marie-Claire Rupio, the widow of the late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu, posted a video of herself dancing to Davido’s Unavailable hit song.

Marie-Claire, a dancer, singer and author, shared three children with Atsu before his untimely demise.

“I was hesitating to post this, as I am just trying to get up into dancing again…slowly,” said Marie-Claire as she cut a jig.

The video elicited mixed reactions as some encouraged her to return to dancing considering she hadn’t done much of it since the late Atsu’s death while others lambasted her for quickly moving on with her life and being happy.

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In response, Claire Marie posted an explanation saying she posted the dance video as a means to finding a way to deal with her grief.

“I am writing just to say a few things. Yes, I posted a dance video. Not because I am happy but because I have to find a way to deal with my grief. I am not alone, I have 3 children to take care of by myself, because I need to be strong for them. And in Europe, you deal with mental health in a lot of ways; and dancing was always my passion. So excuse me, but please think before you write something or put it on YouTube,” she said.

She also made it clear that she and her children are still grieving.

“We are missing Christian every single day and it hasn’t been easy. Especially when you have three children who are asking every day for their dad! I am doing my best,” she said.

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Atsu died on February 6, 2023, at the age of 31 after he was caught up in an earthquake in Antakya, Turkey. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023, killing more than 54,000 people.

The footballer was first reported missing after the apartment he had been collapsed in Hatay. There were hopes that the he would be dug out alive but his body was later found beneath the rubble and flown back to Ghana where mourning fans awaited his somber return.

Atsu, who played as a winger for the Ghanaian national football team, had just signed to play for Turkish Super Lig side, Hatayspor, which was based near the epicenter of the earthquake.

He was buried on March 17, 2023 in a state funeral.

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