Over the years, stars like Darren Criss, Jordyn Jones, Bella Thorne, the Dolan Twins, Vanessa HudgensDemi Lovato, Louis Tomlinson, Jennette McCurdy, Austin Butler, Austin Mahone and more have opened up about the loss of a parent.

In August 2020, Tyler Posey honored his late mother in an Instagram post shared on her birthday.

“Happy birthday, mama. People tend to post only the good things in life. But that’s not realistic. Not that this is bad or anything, but it’s a glimpse that life ain’t perfect,” he wrote at the time. “And that’s the exact way it should be. Nothing is perfect. Long ago someone decided ‘happy’ is the way to be. I’m very happy. But you can’t deny the other things. I think people are searching for ‘wholeness’ or ‘completeness’ and in my opinion that is the true ‘happy,’ but it’s OK to get that confused. You can’t be whole with out the ups and down. Here’s to all the fallen and the loved ones who can’t share this beautiful day with us in person. Thank you for reading and coming on this journey with me. LOVE is what matters most.”

Similarly, Dove Cameron has also opened up about the loss of her father over the years. “When someone loses their life, that’s not my loss. He lost his life. I know that that affects me, but I would never take on that loss as my own,” she told Puss Puss Magazine in July 2020. “I guess I feel that there’s such a deep, great tragedy to being alive in general that it’s sort of everywhere. I feel like once you lose somebody close to you, you can’t really ever un-feel that.”

The actress continued, “To be completely honest, I wake up and [loss is] the first thing on my mind. It’s constantly in the back of my mind in everything I do. I have to kind of be like, okay, nothing crazy is going to happen today. Like, the other shoes not about to drop, because a big sort of results of chronic trauma and chronic PTSD is that you always think that whatever has happened in the past is about to happen again at any given moment. So I kind of have to get myself out of that space daily by just doing stuff.”

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