Juice WRLD’s girlfriend, Ally Lotti, gave her first public comment one week after the 21-year-old rapper died.
Lotti attended the Rolling Loud festival in Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium on Sunday and told the crowd that the love her man felt for them was real, reported Entertainment Tonight.
“I just wanted to come out here and let everyone know that Jarad loved every single person that he helped on this earth. He literally loved every single one of you guys,” she said. “There is not a time when he had shown me any different love then he felt for you. He wants everyone to know that you need to take any negative, any negative thing in your life, he would tell you every time he saw you and change that to a positive situation.”
The audience wanted her to know the love was reciprocal. As Lotti wrapped up her speech and walked off the stage, the audience started chanting her name, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The “Lucid Dreams” rapper died on Sunday, Dec. 8th as his private jet landed in Chicago. His girlfriend told police that he had taken the painkiller, Percocet, and had battled a drug problem. Juice suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest at Midway Airport.
This past Friday, Juice’s family and friends paid tribute to the rapper at an open-casket funeral in Harvey, Illinois, according to ET. A day earlier, Nicki Minaj honored him as she received the Game-Changer Award at the Billboard Women In Music Awards program.
“I recently had the pleasure of working and touring with Juice WRLD,” Minaj said. “I had a great conversation with him one day and while we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me to stay calm and to pray. He said he had been trying to do just that. I was so shocked to hear him of all people tell me that but right there in that moment with him telling me that I actually did feel calm and I actually felt like, ‘Hmm, what I am actually worried about?'”
Minaj went on to call Juice “a kindred spirit.”
“I felt like he was a kindred spirit, and looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help,” Minaj added. “He spoke to me in detail about how in love he was with his girlfriend and how passionate he was about music and when he was in the studio with me, he did so many songs, so quickly. I want to honor him tonight and send my condolences to him and his family and his girlfriend and his friends and everybody.”
Minaj ended her talk urging the crowd to not pass judgment on people, including celebrities.
“It’s so important that we don’t pass judgment so that people don’t feel ashamed to speak up and ask for help,” Minaj said. “It’s so important we talk about mental health, it is, because people are dying because they don’t want to express how miserable they are and how much they are suffering, so they’d rather medicate themselves. I came here tonight to ask people to be a little bit more forgiving and understanding, especially with entertainers. We can’t have a bad day.”