So sad. In a final interview before her tragic death, Simone Battle talked about how important it was to be ‘uplifting’ to her bandmates. The singer sadly passed away on Sept. 5 from an apparent suicide.
Simone Battle, 25, and her girls group G.R.L. were finally starting to make a name for themselves in the music industry. In a last interview before her death, Simone revealed that she believed in being “uplifting” more than anything, and the idea was incredibly important to the success of the group.
Simone Battle’s Last Interview
“What we stand for really is uplifting each other,” she said in an interview with Daily Mail Australia, which was previously unpublished. “We’re five completely different and unique individuals’’ she continued, referring to other G.R.L. band members.
After appearing on The X Factor, Simone joined a reboot of The Pussycat Dolls. Simone was paired up with Natasha Slayton, Emmalyn Estrada, Paula Van Oppen and Lauren Bennett, who were all chosen to be a part of the group by Robin Antin, the creator of the original Pussycat Dolls. In 2013, they started going by the name G.R.L.
“We really want to spread the message of celebrating differences and uniting across the board,” the late singer said about the group.
So sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. G.R.L. had recently released their new song “Ugly Heart,” and it’s been viewed over 10 million times since its debut in June 2014.
Since the news of her death broke, Simone’s family and friends have been reeling. Simone’s boyfriend discovered the singer’s body in her bedroom on the morning of Sept. 5, her father told TMZ. Simone was found hanging in a closet in her bedroom, the outlet reports. An autopsy is set for Sept. 7.
Her father Anthony said Simone never gave the impression that she was struggling in any way. They texted every day and she seemed OK. Now her father is starting to believe that she may have been secretly hurting. “It’s possible she may have had an invisible disability,” he told TMZ.
The whole situation is just so tragic. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Simone’s family and friends during this devastating time.
— Avery Thompson