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Kelsea Ballerini Speaks Out After Being Punched Onstage: ‘A Scary World’

Kelsea Ballerini Speaks Out After Being Punched Onstage: ‘A Scary World’

Update, 6/29/23 12:39 PM ET:

Kelsea Ballerini gave fans an update on how she was doing after being hit with a bracelet onstage at a concert in Idaho.

“Hi. I’m fine,” she wrote via her Instagram Story on Thursday, June 29. “Someone threw a bracelet, it hit me in the eye, and it scared me more than We all have triggers and layers of fears much deeper than what is shown, and that’s why I came off stage to calm down and make sure that myself, the band and the team, and the crowd all felt safe to continue.

She then echoed what she told the crowd after the incident, writing, “That’s all I want is for the shows to feel like a safe place for all of us. I love you and I appreciate all of your concern, let’s make the last two shows of the Heartfirst tour the best yet.

In another story, she shared a screenshot of Instagram commenters theorizing that the viewer threw the bracelet away because of Ballerini’s politics. “It’s sad this happened but maybe she should stay true and not wake up,” one social media user wrote. Another said she shouldn’t have posted about the incident because there were “no stitches”.

Ballerini responded to the remarks in her caption, writing, “I’ll leave that here too. A sad and scary world we live in.

The original story continues below:

Kelsea Ballerini is the latest musician to be punched in the face during a performance after a series of similar incidents at concerts.

The country star, 29, was on stage in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday, June 28, when an audience member threw an object, apparently a bracelet, which hit Ballerini in the head. In video of the incident shared via Twitter, Ballerini interrupted her performance of “If You Go Down (I’m Going Down Too)” as members of her band came to see her. After several more seconds, Ballerini left the stage.

When she returned to the stage later after a costume change, Ballerini addressed the incident before performing her next song. “Can we talk about what just happened? she started, with a TikTok video of the concert. “All I care about is protecting everyone. So if you ever feel unsafe, let someone around you know. There is security everywhere tonight. If someone pushes too much or you just have this feeling or whatever. Always report it.

Ballerini didn’t elaborate on what hit her, but advised the audience to be nicer. “Don’t throw anything away,” she said. “I still want my shows – every show, for every artist, but I control this one – I just want it to be a safe place for everyone. We have small children here. Can you help me do it tonight, please? »

The incident happened a few days after Baby Rexha was punched in the face with a cell phone during a June 18 performance in New York City. A day later, the 33-year-old pop star shared a photo of her stitched wound and black eye via Instagram, writing, “I’m fine.”

Kelsea Ballerini hit in the face with an object thrown by a fan at a concert in Idaho

Kelsea Ballerini Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Nicolas Malvagna, who threw away the phone, was arrested and charged with assault. During his arraignment on June 20, he claimed he was part of a TikTok trend where you throw your phone at a celebrity for them to take a selfie with before handing it back.

“As a fan, Mr. Malvagna’s only intention was for Ms. Rexha to take pictures with her phone and return it as a keepsake,” Malvagna’s attorney said, Todd Spodek, said in a statement. “He never intended to hurt Ms. Rehxa.”

Malvagna was released without bail after his arrest and is due back in court on Monday July 31.

Days after Rexha left her show with a black eye, Max values was performing in Los Angeles when an audience member came on stage and apparently punched her in the face. “He slapped me so hard he scratched the inside of my eye,” the “Sweet But Psycho” singer, 29, tweeted on June 21. “He will never return to a show again.”

Earlier this week, Pink handled his own unusual interaction with fans – albeit less physically hurtful. While performing in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday June 25, a spectator threw a bag full of gray ash onto the stage.

” It’s your mother ? the “Raise Your Glass” singer, 43, replied in response, seemingly visibly confused by the gesture. “I don’t know how I feel about this!” She then put the bag on the ground before continuing her performance.

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