Bella Thorne is paying tribute to her late father on the anniversary of his death — sharing heartwarming baby photos and pictures of the two of them together.
The actress took to Instagram to share a message about her father — Delancey Reinaldo “Rey” Thorne — who died at age 44 in a motorcycle accident in Florida on April 15, 2007. At the time, Thorne was just 9 years old.
On Thursday, Bella penned a message to her father, saying she is really upset he is around to meet and approve of her new fiance, Benjamin Mascolo.
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“Every year I use the same photo because I don’t have many w u in them, i stopped counting the years since u died idk how long it’s been..I just know it’s been a long time w out u. Really upset that I’m engaged and u can’t be here to approve of my life partner …although I know u would. ❤️,” Bella captioned the throwback photos.
Bella wrote about her father’s death in her book, ‘The Life Of A Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray’ in a poem titled ‘Daddy.’
“Why did you leave? when will you be back? why won’t you be at my wedding / or my funeral? they say a parent should never have to burry [sic] their child but a child should never have 2 burry their dad either,” she wrote.
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Throne shared several of the same photos last year, saying, “Today you died.” Adding, “And tomorrow we are left with just the remnants of you…I hope ur floating in the sky somewhere or as that beautiful bird u always wanted to be…I want to say time heals but it’s been years and I still feel very broken without you, please stop by my dreams tonight so I can say hello.”
Interestingly, Bella discussed her father’s death in 2015, while being questioned about not having her driver’s license. “I don’t have my permit either. My father died in a motorcycle accident. I’m not mature enough to accept the responsibility of perhaps taking someone else’s life,” she told Seventeen.
“I just wrote my first song about my dad that I didn’t — I don’t have a melody to or anything. I did just lyrics,” she said. “It’s literally about the way he died. And I wrote it on the plane — couldn’t sleep — and I was just chilling, and I don’t know why I was feeling really inspired, and then I just wrote one,” Bella revealed on Sirius XM.
Several fans supported Bella on IG, saying, “He’s never far behind you beautiful! You definitely got some of them good looks from him!? maybe one day if you believe in reincarnation he’ll come back to you.”
Another added, “He’s always with you, even if you don’t see. He is so proud of u❤️.”