Some musicians just want a normal life.
It’s thought that to reach the very top of stardom you have to give up a lot of your privacy, but a few musicians somehow manage to do it without giving that much away. Some musicians are very good at having their personal life kept private. Notoriously private singer, Beyoncé, is a clear example of how having a great management team behind you, really helps you to have an almost normal life. Most information that’s ever released about her comes straight from her. We never saw any photos of her daughter, Blue Ivy, before she released it and there were never any photos of her wedding released until over six years later.
To be famous you have to be careful with what you say because it’ll probably stay with you forever and with digital media musicians have no hope from getting away from it. According to Morrissey the reason he likes to keep his life private is because if you start talking about things in your life, you find yourself always talking about them and that gets boring. He’s never wanted to repeat everything he’s ever said about his life, over and over.
Nude photo hacking scandal.
One of the worst invasions of privacy was in 2014, when a hacker took advantage of a flaw in iCloud. It lead to many celebrities having their most intimate photos leaked onto the internet. It was a violation of their most basic human rights and some people even stated that it was less of a scandal and more of a sex crime.
Rihanna and Ariana Grande, to name but a few, were victims of this scandal. A representative for Ariana Grande completely denied the authenticity of the photos, but even if they were fake she’s still only twenty-one, she shouldn’t have to deal with something as horrific as that.
Yes, Rihanna has been known to post photos that leave little to the imagination on Instagram and yes, some people may think that because she already posts these kind of pictures she’s lost her right to privacy – she even took a six month break from Instagram over a nudity row with the site – but she still deserves to the right to not have intimate photos posted without her consent.
Do musicians deserve privacy?
Of course they do. Everyone is entitled to privacy. Musicians aren’t that different from us, they’re human beings with feelings and they should be respected as such. Somewhere along a musician’s career they almost lose their humanity in the public’s eye and almost become a statue for people to be in awe of. They spend so much time on social media that we know everything they do and after a while we feel like we know them. But we don’t. Just because we’ve read or watched an interview of them, some people believe they really do know them and that’s dangerous. People get to involved in celebrities lives. Before the internet I’m not sure that was the case.
One of the most obvious examples of this are One Direction fans. Now I’m not exactly their biggest fan so I don’t really know what goes on inside the heads of the most devoted fans but it doesn’t seem like a normal way act. I’m not saying every single fan acts like this but it’s only the craziest ones that seem to get the attention on social media. In 2013, GQ received death threats from angry fans for Harry Styles’ cover, it read, “He’s Up All Night To Get Lucky.” Not exactly offensive, so why did they get upset? They got upset because they think they know him because he’s all over the internet. So I think for the sake of the musicians themselves, the fandom’s sanity and the rest of the world – who can’t really come to terms with the obsession -, musicians should be allowed their privacy or at least more than they have.