Caring singer performs with fan
Beyoncé Knowles moved the audience at her concert in Perth on Friday night by duetting with a young blind fan.
The singer started to perform Irreplaceable when she headed to the side of the stage to introduce Sophie Kotkis, 13, who as well as being legally blind has hearing difficulties and muscle problems.
Bey, 32, bent down next to the teenager and told the crowd: ‘I have a very special young lady here. Tell everybody your name, beautiful!’
She directed her microphone towards Sophie and the Australian schoolgirl said her name, causing the crowd to cheer.
‘Sophie, I think I need you to help me sing this song. Do you think you can sing “to the left, to the left”?’ Beyoncé asked.
A smiling Sophie agreed to her idol’s request and sang along to applause from the audience.
Bey affectionately gazed at the young girl and stroked her hair before continuing to perform the song.
Sophie’s very special surprise was arranged by her elder sister Ellie, who seven months earlier had created a video about her brave sibling with the charity Hope For Children to send to Beyoncé.
‘She’s never really been able to go to a concert due to logistical reasons so I made a video about Sophie,’ Ellie tells Australia’s Herald Sun.
‘Even with everything that she’s been through, she’s been able to do so much. She raised over $1,000 for people with multiple sclerosis at the Runamuck [for the MS Society].
‘I put that all in the video and I just said that I think someone as amazing as Sophie deserves to meet someone as amazing as you [Beyoncé].’
The emotional moment came on the penultimate night of Bey‘s Mrs Carter Show World Tour dates in Australia.
She’ll resume touring in North America on 30 November.
Watch Beyoncé Knowles perform with Sophie Kotkis below…