Katy Perry surprised a survivor of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting with a generous offer to pay his film school tuition yesterday on Ellen.
Tony Marrero, who was shot four times in the back, appeared on the show to discuss his recovery and life in the aftermath of the June shooting that left 49 dead and 53 injured. Marrero's best friend Luis was among those slain.
Marrero told Ellen that one of the things that kept him motivated and inspired throughout his hospitalization and recovery was Katy Perry's Olympic anthem "Rise." "Every word of that song is just powerful," Marrero said, before jokingly adding, "My boyfriend is annoyed already by that song, but I just played it and played it, played it because it's just so beautiful."
Within seconds, he was surprised by a teary Katy Perry, who sat down with Marrero, saying "I'm happy to be a light and I'm happy I could be there in my own little way to help you."
That's when she surprised him again, saying "I heard you're a creative and ... I want to pay for your first year of film school."
Suffice it to say, Marrero was — and is — stunned.
Afterwards, Ellen told viewers that they can help the survivors and families of the Pulse shooting victims by going to her website. Here is the link she's providing.