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6 June 2016, 14:17
Is it time for fans to start respecting their favourite artists' personal space?
We're sure all fans have good intentions when it comes to asking for selfies with their favourite artists, but yet ANOTHER recent event has brought to light a pretty serious issue about respecting artists' personal space and it's just not acceptable.
This past weekend, it was Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony that broke down over a group of fans who all wanted to take a picture with her at an airport.
She then went back to visit a group of fans who then hounded her for pictures - even after she broke down in tears.
If she was crying, YOU DROP EVERYTHING AND YOU HUG HER. AND YOU CONFORT HER. YOU DO NOT ASK FOR A PICTURE #RespectLauren— Andreeea VII/XXVII (@shiftyscupcake) June 3, 2016
#RespectLauren there's a thing called personal space and to respect someone. how can people be so insensitive.— soph // 81 (@grandeslaurinah) June 3, 2016
She's still a 19 years old girl ..she can't handle all of this ..it's still new for her #RespectLauren— Josephine (@SlowDownLauren) June 3, 2016
While we're hesitant to share this video - as Lauren clearly asks her fans to stop recording and taking pictures of her in the video - like we said, it brings to light an important point about respecting artists' personal space.
A few months ago, Melanie Martinez asked a fan to stop taking pictures of her whilst she signed an autograph. Many fans were split in their decision as to whether Melanie was right or not. Similarly, Justin Bieber announced he was 'done taking pictures' with "fans" due to his own sanity.
There's an argument in there somewhere about the fact that dealing with fans comes as part of the 'fame' package but it's a weak one considering the mounting conversations about artists' mental health that are coming in to play. (Lauren has also spoken about her own personal struggles with anxiety in the past.)
It goes without saying that certain fans need to take a step back and realise that these artists - who are actually only a few years older than they are - are real life humans, who may in fact suffer from the very same problems that they do. Anxiety.