Claire Rupio, widow of the late Christian Atsu, has shared her ongoing struggle with grief, revealing that she sometimes sends messages to her deceased partner on WhatsApp as a means of coping with her loss.
In an emotional interview with The Athletic, Claire expressed the difficulty of living without her husband and highlighted the emotional challenges faced by their three children in the absence of their father.
She candidly admitted, “When people say, ‘How are you coping?’ I don’t cope. I just survive every day. Mentally, you’re fine for a few days, maybe a week, but then lots of emotion comes.”
Claire disclosed that she finds solace in messaging Christian on WhatsApp at times, using the platform to express her feelings and share moments when she misses him dearly or when their children long for his presence.
The tragic loss of Christian Atsu occurred exactly a year ago on February 6, 2024, when he went missing under the rubble following a devastating earthquake in southern Turkey. Despite extensive search efforts, his lifeless body was eventually recovered, confirming his passing.
Christian Atsu, renowned for his career with clubs like Chelsea and Newcastle United, was laid to rest on March 17, 2022, in his hometown of Ada in Ghana’s Greater Accra Region.
As the world commemorates the one-year anniversary of his untimely death, Premier League clubs Chelsea and Newcastle United have honored his memory, reflecting on his impactful legacy in football and beyond.