Graham Sierota, the drummer in California indie band Echosmith, has apologised for sending direct messages on Instagram to the 13-year-old daughter of Blink-182‘s Travis Barker. Alabama Barker has since responded.
The messages, which were screenshotted and posted by Alabama and her older brother Landon on their Instagram stories, and re-posted by The Blast, began in 2016 when Sierota said “Hi,” to no response.
In July 2019, however, Sierota told her she was “beautiful” and invited her to a barbecue.
When Alabama told Sierota “Ur like 40,” he responded: “I just wanted to say I really like your music and sorry for messaging and I’m 20.”
She then responded: “OK, but u understand I’m a child?” which is the last of the screenshots shared.
According to The Blast, Travis Barker said of the messages: “When I found out a 20 year old man was trying to get in touch with my 13 year old daughter by filling her Instagram messages with party invites and compliments I was disgusted.”
“That’s predatory behavior and there is nothing cool, normal or ok about it at all.”
Sierota then made a statement of his own to The Blast: “I had invited Alabama to my parents’ big family BBQ along with many other people, and it wasn’t until she responded that I realized her age at which point I apologized to her,” he said.
“I’m really sorry and feel very badly about this. I didn’t realize she was a minor and assumed she was my age. I made a careless mistake and this is a big lesson for me. I would like to apologize again to Alabama, her dad Travis, and her family.”
Now in an Instagram story, Alabama has issued the following statement: “Hey guys! I am posting on behalf of the drummer of Echosmith!. He had dmed me a while back in 2016 and then once again in July saying I was beautiful and invited me to a bbq at his house. He is very sorry about the situation and regretful. I forgive him and would like for this all to be over.”
Echosmith are yet to issue a statement on the matter.