Dev Hynes opens up about house fire Kickstarter, wants to give the money to charity

Earlier this week, former Lightspeed Champion and producer for Solange, Sky Ferreira and more Dev Hynes lost years of music, his dog and more in a house fire. 

Writing at the time, Hynes explained that “last night, the unthinkable happened. My entire apt burnt down while I was out. I’ve lost everything I own, including scores, hard drives, clothes, sentimental items.”

“Everything from my life is gone”, Hynes continued. “My dog died in the fire. I will love you forever Cupid. I miss you.”

The same day, the mother of Hynes’ girlfriend set up a Kickstarter-style campaign – something Hynes was not initially aware of – to raise money for Hynes. Hynes shut down the campaign after it raised over $24,000, and has now opened up about it in a Tumblr post.

“I want to start off by saying how truly thankful I am, for my life, for my friends and family, and for the support of everyone out there”, Hynes writes. The response which I’ve only just been able to look at has been extremely overwhelming. Samantha’s mother Robin started that fundraiser which was so nice of her and I had no idea of what was going on, it’s incredible. I’m so grateful to her, and to all of you. It’s beautiful, touching and extremely warming in these winter nights.”

After talking more about the effects of the fire, Hynes explains that “the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn’t me saying I don’t need the money, to reiterate, i have lost everything. But maybe it’s time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows y’know? There are things i can do, although it will take years, that can help myself rebuild, a huge part of me is still struggling with understanding the events of two nights ago, and where to take my life from here.”

The rest of the post follows:

This isn’t me being unappreciative. Tears stream down my face when Samantha shows me the nice messages people have written. It’s overwhelming in the most extremely nicest way that people would care about this But as I stated before, so many people have nothing they can do to rebuild their life from scratch.

I have a lot to think about, I don’t even know where to start from, I just wanted to be honest.

I want to give all the money to charity, 3 charities to be precise which I will explain further at a future point, that’s how I feel, i’m being spoken to by people who are close and understand my situation and are trying to advise me. As I probably am still in shock, and may not have a choice but to accept some of the money, and then think about charities, I don’t know… I don’t know where my head is at right now…

But I had to say something.

Today I will sit down and work out how to play this, I can’t write down my thanks, to everyone, the internet doesn’t hold true enough the amount of love and warmth i’ve felt, it means the world to me.

While I am working everything out, please feel free to email me if you have donated and have any concerns, or would rather your money go to charity, or not. I want to hear people’s thoughts. I’m not trying to make a news story, this is just my life, and I want to be genuine with the people that have been more than genuine with me.

Hynes has also spoken out against a piece on The Guardian‘s Comment is Free section, by Vagenda‘s Holly Baxter, asking the publication to pull a recent interview with him.

Read Chris Kelly’s review of Hynes’ latest Blood Orange album, Cupid Deluxe, here.



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