Melanie Martinez has been raising eyebrows with her latest fan interactions. The singer has been busy traveling on her Cry Baby tour, so it’s understandable if she’s been feeling exhausted and stressed out these days. At 20 years of age, Melanie is just learning to grasp the pressures of fame, especially when it involves her young fans.
The Voice contestant has been accused of “throwing a tantrum” during a recent fan encounter. As you can see in the video below, Martinez remains calm as she asks a fan not take a selfie without her consent. Martinez’s fans have also defended the singer, saying that she shouldn’t be treated as a sideshow act.
Melanie Martinez angered by fans for taking pictures of her without asking. pic.twitter.com/RD6K3l5thW
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 2, 2016
“It’s one thing to ask for a picture, but to just take a picture of me is kinda weird, guys,” Melanie is heard saying in the video as she signs autographs for her fans. The “Cry Baby” singer’s claim to fame was appearing on Season 3 of The Voice alongside Adam Levine’s team.
The fan tried to take a selfie with the singer as she stopped for autographs. Instead, he ended up filming her obvious annoyance with him.
Martinez responded, “I’m sorry, I feel uncomfortable.”
The fan then awkwardly stays into the camera, not knowing what to say.
This isn’t the first time that the “Sippy Cup” singer has raised eyebrows for her odd behavior towards her fans. In another video captured at a March 28 concert, Melanie can be heard talking about one of her songs on stage. An excited fan screams “I love you,” but Melanie responds with a stern “I’m sorry, I’m TALKING.”
The singer took to Twitter to reveal to her fans in a series of tweets, claiming she’s shy and awkward when she’s around people she doesn’t know that well. Martinez remarked that she was so overcome with emotion when trying to explain the meaning behind her song “Mrs. Potato Head” that she didn’t like being interrupted at that moment.
Unfortunately I was interrupted multiple times and couldn’t have that moment tonight.
— melanie martinez (@MelanieLBBH) March 29, 2016
The Gothic Lolita was able to explain the meaning behind her album to the Asbury Park Press, which made its debut in 2014. Melanie said that the reason why each of the songs on the album sound like something out of preschool.
“It starts with the album title. I was always called a cry baby and I was one. I cried a lot as a child. In fact, I still cry a few times a day. I’m still a cry baby. I’m an emotional person and I think it’s good to let that out. Part of the problem with America is that letting go of emotions is viewed as a weakness but it’s my strength. That enabled me to write my songs.”
The singer-songwriter also released her new song “Gingerbread Man” right on par with the holiday season late last year. Melanie’s new track keeps in theme with the dollhouse and baby-like vibe that she’s been using in her music videos. Melanie says that although she plans to evolve from her Cry Baby sound, she still doesn’t want to move on from her “Cry Baby” aesthetic just yet.
“Cry Baby will be narrating the album and will be introducing new characters, so that’s what I’m working on. I am definitely going to keep Cry Baby a character, because Cry Baby is me, technically, so I can’t really get rid of her.”
Like fellow pop star Halsey, Martinez has received plenty of flak for having a close relationship with her fans on social media. In her interview with the Aquarian, Martinez revealed that if she wasn’t a recording artist, she would not be as active as she is on social media.
“To me, I absolutely cannot stand Twitter. I hate it more than anything. If it weren’t for the people who are always on there tweeting me, I know they would be really sad if I got rid of my Twitter, and that’s why I don’t. I obviously don’t want to make them sad. It’s so crazy to me that cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and stalking have almost become okay because of Twitter.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think artists like Melanie Martinez should enforce strict boundaries with their fans? Do you believe that it comes with the territory of fame? Sound off below in the comments section.
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