'I saw you slam your head back against the wall in relief'
A fan has written an angry Instagram essay on his meet and greet experience with Demi Lovato, accusing the singer of “paying no attention to your fans”.
In his post, Josh Helfgott compares his experience with Lovato to a number of other meet and greets, saying he understands that stars are busy, but that Lovato seemed entirely uninterested in her fans.
He goes on to accuse Lovato of slamming her head back against the wall “in relief” when the meet and greet finished.
Helfgott later posted further details onto his Instagram, explaining why he was particularly disappointed with the treatment of one girl, who travelled alone to the event but was asked to take a photo with a group of strangers:
“She was transgender, and Demi’s music helped her through her struggles,” he explains. “Everyone was young, nervous and scared. When I saw that young girl get shoved on the side of a stranger’s photo, without ever being noticed by Demi, I felt for her. I felt like I needed to speak up.
Earlier this month, Lovato was accused of using uncleared samples of two Sleigh Bells tracks on her song ‘Stars’.
Lovato’s representatives have provided a statement from producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. It reads: “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.’ Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.”
Sleigh Bells say they have contacted Lovato’s label Island Records over the situation.
See Helfgott’s post on his meet and greet experience via his Instagram, below:
Dear @ddlovato , Thanks for taking the time to meet me and my friend Carissa in Seattle. Thanks for not looking us in the eye, asking our names, or saying two words to us. Thank your team for forcing the 15 year old girl, who traveled alone to meet you, to squeeze on the side of another group’s picture. And thanks for keeping your jacket on for photos while your team collected the wet jackets of fans who waited in the rain to meet you. Sorry I am being passive aggressive. I’m angry. I’m angry because I assumed you were in a big hurry – that’s the only reason you would pay no attention to all of your fans, even though we all spent a lot of time waiting to meet you. I even flew across the country. You had to be in a hurry, scrunching 200 fans into 15 minutes. There’s no way, I figured. But as I walked out of the room, I saw you slam your head back against the wall in relief – we were your last picture. Meeting your fans was over. You didn’t run out – you stood there. This isn’t my first meet and greet. I’ve waited in the rain and snow many times for rushed moments and quick pictures. Kelly Clarkson’s was rushed, same style as yours – run us through a line for photos – but she asked for our names and even asked to wear my “Work Bitch” (Britney!) hat in the photo. It took 5 seconds, I was happy. Britney Spears did group photos, same as you. She even surprised us with that fact, same as you. But when my group went in to meet her, it wasn’t a photo. It was a meeting. She spent 10 minutes with our group, she heard all our stories, told us her own, and gave us M&Ms. And I’m not even going to bring up Taylor Swift because that’s going to take us into unrealistic territory, People have bad days, but you didn’t seem to be having one. It’s not fair for me to say. You could’ve been tired. I know I was. As I watched you perform about two hours later at the radio station’s concert, I felt angry at myself. You were in a great mood – greeting the crowd, covering Adele’s new song, and thanking radio for playing your songs. I just wanted you to thank your fans. Disappointed, Josh #demilovato #demi #kissfmfallball #taylorswift #britneyspears #meetandgreet
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