During his Eurovision 2018 stage show, he shares photos of other people with their fathers on his projection screen. And on May 10 — Germany’s Father’s Day — Michael Schulte finally shared a photo of his own.
The touching image shows toddler Michael holding his father’s hand as they walk along the water, with the sails of boats visible in the background. Michael rises just above his father’s knees.
Writing in the Instagram caption, the “You Let Me Walk Alone” singer said:
“Happy Father’s Day, dad. I always was and still am more than proud to be your son. I could’ve not wished for a better father than you were. I would’ve wished though that we could’ve walked together like on this picture a little longer.”
Michael’s decision to share the photo may reflect the personal journey he’s been on since writing his song in January.
He previously told wiwibloggs that it was extremely difficult to write the personal number. And the fact he didn’t share a family photo in the actual stage show suggests that he wanted to keep some matters private.
But just as he’s grown increasingly confident on stage, he also seems more comfortable discussing his personal history. Surely the love he has received from around the world following his consistently strong performances has played some part in that.
Speaking to wiwibloggs after his second rehearsal, the 28-year-old discussed another facet of his story — how the loss of his father impacted the rest of his family, including his mother.
“It is emotional every time,” he said of the performances in Lisbon, “but I feel like I can let myself fall a little more every time and it feels good. It feels a little like home already this stage.”
“I don’t think that I’m going to cry or something, but I’m going to have the emotions inside of me. It’s going to be an emotional moment because there are going to be so many people watching. I hope I can stand the pressure….I’m really looking forward to it.”
Our conversation coincided with Mother’s Day in Portugal.
“She just means so much to me. She’s just an amazing person and I’m so thankful for everything that she did.”
“It must be so hard to lose your husband and to be all alone with three kids all of a sudden — with three kids who are all teenagers. It’s a hard time for the children and we were all sad and crying all the time and she had to deal with it and be strong for us and keep us alive.”
“There wasn’t really time for her to be sad, because she had to be strong for us. I can’t imagine what that must feel like. I’m really emotional. I’m getting goosebumps here. It’s crazy what she did for us. I’m really thankful.”
Are you as touched by Michael as we are? Do you think that Germany is the dark horse to win Eurovision? Or is Michael now more of a galloping steed with bright red hair rushing toward first place? Let us know in the comments box below.