- Musician Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to showcase a piece of artwork gifted to him by a fan.
- The painting was a large portrait of Snoop's mother, Beverly Tate.
- Tate passed away in October 2021
When you're a celebrity, choosing how much of your personal life to share with the public can be difficult. Some celebs, like Adam Sandler, are famously cagey about sharing aspects of their life outside work. Others, like the Kardashians, have no qualms about publicly documenting nearly every part of their lives.
The downside of that openness is how often it can develop into parasocial relationships on the part of the fans, who feel overly invested in the lives of the stars they follow. But sometimes, it can just be a way for a barrier to come down and for celebs and fans to connect on a purely human level.
That's what happened this week when a kind gift Snoop Dogg received from a fan helped him process his grief over the passing of his mother.
As HipHopDX.com reported, Snoop took to Instagram on Sunday, July 16, to showcase a large black and white portrait of his late mother, Beverly Tate. Posing with the picture backstage at a show, Snoop captioned the image:
"Miss my mamma. if ya mama still here call her and tell her I love her for raising u the way she did. and if she not here, she with my mama watching over us 🙏🏾🌹fan appreciation 🙌🏾"
Snoop doesn't share the name of the artist who gifted the portrait to him, focusing instead on the importance of mothers everywhere.
The rapper used the same social media platform to first announce his mother's death on Oct. 24, 2021, and performed the song "Stand By Me" in her honor the following day. Naturally, the loss has weighed heavily on the star, and this fan gift appears to have helped him further process the grief.
Sure, sometimes fan gifts can be a bit weird, but occasionally, they can also make a positive impact.
Michael Natale is the news editor for Best Products, covering a wide range of topics like gifting, lifestyle, pop culture, and more. He has covered pop culture and commerce professionally for over a decade. His past journalistic writing can be found on sites such as Yahoo! and Comic Book Resources, his podcast appearances can be found wherever you get your podcasts, and his fiction can’t be found anywhere, because it’s not particularly good.