Amy Shark has revealed that she’s reached out to up-and-coming pop star Tones and I after the 19-year-old starlet opened up about being cyberbullied and receiving death threats.
In a recent interview, Shark said that she offered pearls of wisdom to Tones – whose real name is Toni Watson – on dealing with online hate. “I’ve been telling Toni it takes a while to not care,” she told the Herald Sun. “To work out that backlash means you’re actually just getting more successful.”
Shark also told Tones to brush off the negative comments and encouraged the rising singer to focus on her music instead. “I told her [to] stay in your lane. You get to make your music now and you get to make some money from it. Think of the bright side,” Shark explained.
Last month, Tones opened up about the “relentless bullying” and “death threats” she’s received since her debut in March. In a Facebook post celebrating her four wins at the recent 2019 ARIA Music Awards, Tones revealed that she’s “been hiding a big black hole” since finding fame earlier this year.
“Truth is (and we have all seen it) with success comes judgement and opinions, this I was prepared for, it’s normal (which is sickening) but the relentless bullying that follows every proud moment tears my mind in two,” Tones wrote.
The singer continued: “I am a very open honest, caring, good person and in the dark times of death threats and very harsh judgements from strangers I have never met, I have decided to push past it and show any artist that you can get through it and maintain your sense of self, even though I don’t see an end in sight, this is how I will live my life now.”
The pop star concluded by thanking her fans for their constant support and that “we are in this together”. Read her full statement below.
People always say “tones how does it feel, it’s must feel great, what are you feeling, you must be over the moon”It…
Tones dropped her debut EP ‘The Kids Are Coming’ in August. It features her chart-topping song, ‘Dance Monkey’, which has claimed the top spot on the singles chart in Australia for the 19th week.
Yesterday, Billboard reported that ‘Dance Monkey’ became a certified global hit after it broke the record for being the longest-running No. 1 single by a solo female artist on the UK singles chart, beating Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’.
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