Phoebe Bridgers has revealed that she was targeted by “bullies” on her way to her father’s funeral service.
The 28-year-old singer’s father, Tony, died late last year. post a tribute on Instagram confirmation of the news.
The I Know The End hitmaker uploaded a photo of the pair together, simply captioning it, “Rest in peace daddy [sic].’
The singer sported hot pink hair in the tribute post that showed the father and daughter sharing headphones, but gave no additional information about her father’s cause of death.
She has now explained that she was targeted by a group of bullies posing as fans on Twitter as she prepared to travel to his memorial service at the airport.
“I come from a place of literally – I feel it in my body as I say it, but – people with my picture as their Twitter picture, who claim to like my music, fucking bullied me at the airport on my way to my father’s funeral this year,” she said in a new interview.
“If you’re a kid and the internet has somehow taught you that’s the okay thing to do, then of course I hate capitalism and everything that led you to believe it’s okay to do that.
“I, at one of the lowest points of my life, saw people who claim to love me fucking dehumanize and shame me and fucking bully me on my way to my father’s wake.”
The Chinese Satellite singer – who is also part of the indie rock supergroup Boygenius with Lucy Davus and Julien Baker – further acknowledged that the bullies would have known about her father’s death because she announced it on social media and she now learning she doesn’t. She doesn’t have to accept online abuse just because of her fame.
She told Them magazine, “It’s not like they didn’t know my dad just passed away. Many of the best comments [were] like, “Hey, her daddy just passed away, what are you guys doing?”
The star said most of the people she talks to ‘light up’ [her] life” and remind her what she loves about her career, but that her two best friends “help” [her] with the border of “I don’t have to sit here and f*** thankful that happened” and that’s part of my job’
“It doesn’t have to be this way, and it wasn’t even five years ago, so I appreciate being able to look at two other people and say, This is inhumane abuse, horrible s***,” she continued.
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