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Sufjan Stevens Comes Out, Dedicates New Album Javelin To Late Partner

Sufjan Stevens Comes Out, Dedicates New Album Javelin To Late Partner

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Stevens' partner Evan Richardson sadly passed away in April.

Grammy- and Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens has seemingly come out in an Instagram post dedicating his new album Javelin to his former partner Evan Richardson, who sadly passed away in April.

Stevens, whose new LP is out today, posted a picture of Richardson smiling and lying on a bed along with the post.

“This album is dedicated to the light of my life, my beloved partner and best friend Evans Richardson, who passed away in April,” he wrote. “He was an absolute gem of a person, full of life, love, laughter, curiosity, integrity, and joy. He was one of those rare and beautiful ones you find only once in a lifetime—precious, impeccable, and absolutely exceptional in every way.”

“I know relationships can be very difficult sometimes, but it’s always worth it to put in the hard work and care for the ones you love, especially the beautiful ones, who are few and far between,” he continued. “If you happen to find that kind of love, hold it close, hold it tight, savor it, tend to it, and give it everything you’ve got, especially in times of trouble. Be kind, be strong, be patient, be forgiving, be vigorous, be wise, and be yourself. Live every day as if it is your last, with fullness and grace, with reverence and love, with gratitude and joy. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Just last month, Stevens announced that he was undergoing treatment for Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disorder that attacks the nervous system.

“I’m very excited about having new music to share, but I just wanted to let you know that one of the reasons why I haven’t been able to participate in the press and promotion leading up to the release of Javelin is bc I am in the hospital,” he wrote. “Last month I woke up one morning and couldn’t walk. My hands, arms and legs were numb and tingling and I had no strength, no feeling, no mobility. My brother drove me to the ER and after a series of tests—MRIs, EMGs, cat scans, X-rays, spinal taps (!), echo-cardiograms, etc.—the neurologists diagnosed me with an autoimmune disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Luckily there’s treatment for this — they administer immuno-hemoglobin infusions for five days and pray that the disease doesn’t spread to the lungs, heart and brain. Very scary, but it worked. I spent about two weeks in Med/Surg, stuck in a bed, while my doctors did all the things to keep me alive and stabilize my condition. I owe them my life.”

Stevens has released some of the most beautiful and emotional music of the last few decades, and many people – both queer and straight – have used it to get through hard times. We are all heartbroken for him.

We’re all sending all of our love, thanks, and prayers to Stevens.

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