On Thursday (January 19), Ardern dropped a political bombshell with the announcement of her resignation – citing burnout – along with the confirmation of a national election in October.
Ardern became the world’s youngest female head of government when she was elected to lead the country in 2017, aged 37. In the years since, she has navigated the Land of the Long White Cloud through an obstacle course of challenges, and reportedly faced an escalation of abuse and threats for her efforts.
“There will never be one like you. I wish there was,” writes Pink, the Philadelphia native who is recognized in Australia and New Zealand as an honorary citizen thanks to her rigorous touring in these parts.
“You have my admiration, my respect, my best wishes for you + your beautiful family,” the message continues. “I’ve seen you shine uniquely + courageously since the distant past. Thank you for showing the rest of the world what is possible.”
Admiration is mutual. According to local entertainment and news title Stuffthe couple met in September 2019 at one of Pink’s performances at the Spark Arena and arranged a “play date” for their children.
Arden also holds the portfolio for Arts, Culture and Heritage and has a stronger connection with the local music industry. When Anthony Albanese was elected Prime Minister of Australia in 2022, the two leaders swapped vinyl records for the cameras. The NZ boss is a part-time DJ and has twice headlined the Going Global music industry powwow in Auckland, the country’s most populous city.
“This has been the most fulfilling five and a half years of my life,” she said at a news conference in Wellington, the capital. “But it has also had its challenges – among an agenda focused on housing, child poverty and climate change, we encountered a … domestic terrorist event, a major natural disaster, a global pandemic and an economic crisis.”
The Labor leader will not step aside later than feb. 7.
Pink has no such plans to make it all the way to the top. She teased Jan. 27 release of “Trustfall”, the title track from her forthcoming ninth studio album. The album itself will be released in February. 17, and is the follow-up to 2019’s Wounds 2B Humanwhich logged a week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and is one of her three leaders on the chart.