Alicia Keys was just 14 years old when she wrote a letter to her, at the time, estranged father Craig Cook.
The opening line of her letter reads, “It saddens me that most of my heart is bitter towards you. It’s only that little part that feels sad that’s not bitter.” The letter explains her frustrations with her father and his absence in her life while she was growing up.
She ended the letter passionately declaring, “All I want from you is to mind your business. I don’t want the phone calls, I don’t want the letters, I don’t want the fake acts you pull to try and make me think you care. I don’t want anything.”
Fortunately she has since repaired her relationship with her father.