Family Portrait
by Pink

Album: Missundaztood (2001)
Charted: 11 20


  • A very intimate and personal song, Pink reveals her family dysfunction in this track. She explained in Entertainment Weekly: "That was from a poem that I wrote when I was 9 when my dad left. My mom cried for four days when she heard it. I've seen my dad cry three times and that was one of them; that was awful. And then my stepmom cried. She's so strong - she was an Army nurse in Vietnam, and I'd never seen her cry. That was a song I wrote for me, and I didn't realize how much it was going to hurt them."

    Even though Pink's parents got divorced when she was 9 years old and she wrote the original poem at the time, she didn't record the song until she was 21. "I tend to hold onto things," she says.
  • On the MTV show Driven, Pink's mother said of the first time she heard this song, "Oh my god, I didn't know she felt this way." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Stacy - Sunbury, Australia
  • Pink recalled to Q magazine January 2010 that this song got her into trouble with her mom after she called her a lunatic in it. The singer added: "She went to the National Enquirer. We laugh about it now but it wasn't the best way to address family problems."
  • Sophie Muller, who would go on to direct Pink's "Trouble," directed the video, which has the adult Pink struggling through her day while her child self is singing the song.

Comments: 8

  • Hayley from London, United KingdomP!nk was my hero as a little girl, I sorta had the same childhood, my mum and my step dad brought me up and he brought me up for 7 years, one night when I and my brother woke up we heard crying so we sat on the stair listening in but we knew that they were gonna spit up and me and my brother cryed, they obiously heard us because they called us down and told us the were divorcing :,(.... Pink reminds me of me and my mum :)
  • Chantelle from Nottinghamshire, United KingdomThis makes me cry because P!nk experienced this same as me.
  • Shilo from Noneofyourbuisness, ItalyI love everything about this song. It has so much depth and emotion in it...WOW...^^ ~Shilo~
  • Gina from Devils Lake, NdThis song is so me...My parents divorced when i was 10. My parent fought...not just word but physical abuse and they did fight about me and my brother and about the bills. and i always tried to be so much better so they wouldnt break up...and i did run away but had no clue where to go...and the iraq war is basically war world 3...and in our family portrait taken 2 years before they divorced and i do have an older brother. i didnt want to split the holidays and i didnt want a step parents...and my mother did get remarried and changed her name...and i really didnt want a step brother...

    But i never had to split the holidays...i havent seen much of my father since the divorce... and i did get 3 step siblings... a step brother and 2 step sisters but one has past R.I.P. Kayla Jo
    but my mother is very happy and im not the mean i love my father..but i hate him so much i cant stand him he got a girl pregant and i said to my mother how can he take care of another child when he couldnt take care of us...but she had abortion...and for my brother he has a beautiful daughter and a stupid girlfriend...who basically cheated on him and now he has a better girl..but he is okay that i know of...
  • Jon from St. Paul, MnPink's mom's quote is actually from Driven which used to be on VH1 not MTV.
  • Savanah from Sparta, IlI have to say to Eireann, Las Vegas, NV, that even though Wikipedia can be resourcefull and very enlightening, it is not always true. The people that write the content on those pages, are regular ordinary people. Basically anyone can go on the website and alter anything. So all i am saying is be carefull what you believe and dont always use Wikipedia as a support for your facts. Anyway, i love Pink. She doesnt always write all her songs, though. However, her latest album is written by her or co-written by her. Thanks and God Bless!
  • Eireann from Las Vegas, NvOk, I can no longer let this go. Alecia's (pink's) parents got a divorce when she was 7 not 11. Wikipedia back's me up on this.
    I've sent several e-mails about this but nothing was happening so I decided to post it here.

    P.S. I absolutely love you pink! You're my role model! I idolize you! And I have no idea if you even know about this site but I thought I'd post it here anyway! You rock Pink!............. I'm done now..........
  • Stacy from Sunbury, AustraliaI love P!NK. I can't believe I am the first to make a comment about this amazingly gorgeous song. The heartfelt lyrics are enough to make even the most toughest man weep. Please continue making these songs P!NK, just I hope that you don't have to go through more stuff like this to get your 'muse' to write about. If that made no sense, its coz its 1:42am and i have not slept for 3 days.
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