A 12-year-old girl warmed the hearts of thousands of Katy Perry concertgoers when she wished for her 17-year-old autistic sister to stop being bullied.
The selfless gesture left Kansas City, Missouri’s Sprint Center in tears. The ‘Firework’ superstar herself broke down.
The girl, named Zoe, was called on to the stage at Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour. Her stepmother, Nellie, took her to the concert as a birthday surprise, KCTV5 reports.
Katy Perry called Zoe, 12, up to the stage while in Kansas City, Missouri. Perry asked Zoe to make a wish
Zoe said: ‘I wish for my 17-year-old sister with autism to stop getting bullied at her school’
‘I’ve never been to a concert before and Katy Perry is my idol,’ Zoe told local media outlets.
Zoe wore a distinctive, bright orange hoodie for the occasion. Perry, calling for an audience member to come on stage, pointed right at her.
Zoe recalled to local media outlets that Perry said: ‘You, in the orange hoodie, come up here!’
‘And then the doofus I am, I ran the wrong way. And I realized it, and I ran back up.’
Perry asked Zoe what she wanted to wish for.
Fox4KC reports that the girl answered : ‘I wish for my 17-year-old sister with autism to stop getting bullied at her school.’
Perry began to cry after the heartwarming gesture. Zoe said: ‘My favorite part, honestly, was when I gave the speech. And she just hugged me, and I saw Katy Perry crying. I was like, “I want another hug”‘
The wish was met with applause from the audience. Katy Perry gave the girl a hug. The crowd, per Perry’s request, began to chant: ‘No more bullying.’
‘My favorite part, honestly, was when I gave the speech. And she just hugged me, and I saw Katy Perry crying. I was like, “I want another hug,”‘ Zoe told local media outlets.
‘I just wanted to make [my sister] happy and give her my wish,’ Zoe said, KWCH reports.
Perry said she would visit Zoe’s sister’s Kansas school.
Perry’s Witness: The Tour began in Montreal, Canada this past September and is set to conclude in Auckland, New Zealand in August 2018.
Witness, the album for which Perry is touring, was released in June to mixed reviews.