Anne-Marie on the #MeToo campaign: ‘You’re strong enough to act, and we need to stand together’

"I always try and make people feel that they are strong enough to say something – anything to anyone"

Anne-Marie has spoken out in support of the ‘#MeToo’ campaign – encouraging others to believe that they are strong enough to speak out against misogyny and sexual harassment.

Speaking about the inspiration behind her upcoming new album, Anne-Marie told NME that she’d been moved to wrote about issues that impacted on young women in modern society.

“I’ve got a lot of songs on my album about stuff that’s going on in the world and how it is growing up as a female,” Anne-Marie told NME. “These are a lot of different subjects that maybe sometimes you can’t necessarily say in a single on the radio. But that’s the beauty of the album really – the fact that you can just have other vibes and different subjects.”

Asked about her reaction to the recent ‘#MeToo’ campaign in which individual came forward about experiences of sexual assault and harassment, Anne-Marie said: “It was very inspiring. It’s always inspiring when people all come together and be strong as a group. This is why I feel so strongly to put the message to people that we need to stand together in tough times.

“If you keep pushing and get as many people on your side and with you on the journey, then that’s when it really starts to happen and make a change. I always try and make people feel that they are strong enough to say something – anything to anyone – even if it’s a stranger or they’re just writing a tweet if they’re in danger. “

Speaking of the cultural change online around discussing misogyny and sexual harassment, Anne-Marie added: “I like to attract myself to people that are very openly like that. It’s good to see when I go online to see movements happening, because that’s all I’ve ever wanted really – for people to stick together, to come together as a human race rather than being against each other. We need more of that.”

This comes after TIME Magazine recently named ‘The Silence Breakers’ – those who blew the whistle on systemic sexual assault and began the #MeToo campaign – as their Person Of The Year.

Amongst them was Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo hashtag back in 2006. It received a widespread boost this year, after actress Alyssa Milano used the hashtag in response to the reported sexual assaults of shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The TIME cover featured actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual, with further nods given to Terry Crews, Rose McGowan and more.

Anne Marie conquered Reading with a massive NME/Radio 1 stage performance on Friday

Anne-Marie tour dates and tickets

Anne-Marie’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

19 March               Birmingham          O2 Institute
20 March               Manchester          O2 Ritz
22 March               London                  Roundhouse
27 March               Glasgow                 O2 Academy