Even if you don’t indulge yourself in the “sleepless nights and cigarettes” that Madison Beer does, you’re obviously here for your “daily dose of internet.” There! You have something in common! And there’s way more where that come from.
Once a child protégé of Justin Bieber, the now-21-year-old is becoming increasingly vocal about the things of her past. Do a quick scan of (literally) any of her social media channels and you’ll soon find a thread cross-connecting comments along the lines of this: “imagine looking this good.”
Sounds like a compliment, but beautiful Beer says there’s more to the story.
In 2013 (at the age of 13), Beer was hand-delivered to the helms of Island Records by Bieber himself. One would think that his discovery of her from covering Etta James classics on YouTube would serve as just the most obvious clue for her intended direction. Instead, the hip hop-heavy label soon proved they didn’t do their homework, tossing her tracks to Radio Disney on the sole basis of youth.
“I was always told, ‘Well, one day when you’re older, you’ll be able to make that stuff,’” Beer told Rolling Stone earlier this week.
“But then I realized that I don’t need to be older to do it.”
It was by Beer putting in the work of expressing her own thoughts on her own music for her own album – operatives being “own,” “her,” and “work,” – that Island Records dropped her as an act. Beer felt “like [she] had failed” as a result.
“Especially at 16 years old, obviously it feels like everything is the end of the world, so it just felt like everyone had given up on me.”
Extensive research also shows her then-manager isn’t too keen on the idea of women having much say in things, but we’ll let you look into that one for yourself…
(or just watch this)
The aftermath of Beer’s betrayal refocused her energy as an independent artist, partnering with First Access Entertainment to produce her aptly titled EP “As She Pleases.” Its 2018 release propelled the singer into developing her first full-length album “Life Support” – due out this summer – as she only continued adding to the one billion Spotify streams she had already amassed.
Saying the new project is “moody” would be a gross understatement – its slew of sensitive subject matter is stepping into some uncharted territory.
“Coming out and talking about certain dark moments, or depression, or suicidal thoughts – it’s hard for me to talk about it conversationally and so expressing that through my music and having that be the first step into opening up about those kind of things I think is good,” Beer expressed recently.
Should you ever run into her one day – first, give that girl a hug. Then proceed by not saying this.
“Most of the time when people meet me, they always are like, ‘You’re surprisingly intelligent!’ That always kind of hurts my feelings,” she said in quarantine Q&A with Tumblr. “I always feel like that’s a backhanded compliment…why did you assume that I wasn’t smart? Or what defines smart to you?”
Madison Beer shows off her lengthy legs in a pair of Daisy Dukes.