Avicii’s sudden death at 28 has shocked the word, but the loss is much more acute for the superstar deejay’s former girlfriend, Canadian model Racquel Bettencourt.
The pair dated for over a year, before going their separate ways in December 2014.
She wrote this on her instagram ...
“My heart is broken,” the emotional message begins. “Tim, it feels like it was just yesterday when we were inseparable. We talked and laughed till sunrise. It was us against the world. Memories to last a lifetime.”
The couple dated throughout some of Avicii’s most difficult health struggles, during which time he suffered a blocked gallbladder and ruptured appendix. Doctors attributed the ailments to the alcohol he used to self-medicate his anxiety and fuel his high-octane lifestyle.
“Through all of our ups and downs I wanted nothing more than to make sure you were healthy and happy and be there for you every step of the way,” Bettencourt continued. “Give you life, something to look forward to, but the universe had different plans for us. I know how hard you struggled and tried. I tried everything I could.”
She added that even after their breakup, the warm feelings for him continued.
“Thank you for showing me and teaching me what true love feels like. Taking me along with you through your journey. The bond, and connection we shared was so pure and real, I don’t think it ever really truly broke. It has always been and will always be in my heart forever. It was far too soon for you, so gifted and so special. You were the biggest part of my life and played a huge role, I will forever cherish those moments. I just want you to know that I never stopped having love for you.”
Bettencourt is just one of many who have paid tribute to the late artist, who was found dead in his Muscat, Oman hotel room on Friday.