Celeste from Brighton wants to be able to ‘remove’ social media Brighton News

A CHART-TOPPING singer said she would delete her social media accounts if she didn’t need them for her music career.

Soul singer Celeste, 27, described Instagram as “really bad” for relationships, identities and people’s self-esteem.

The Brit Award winner, who grew up in Saltdean, says she admires other artists who go offline and hopes that one day all musicians get rid of their accounts altogether.

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She said: “I think blatant slurs is obviously a huge problem in and of itself, but I think there is a huge problem in our interaction and our relationship as a society with social media as it is.

“If I didn’t make music, I wouldn’t have it at all.

“But right now it’s a necessity to promote your music and once you gain an audience it’s like a vicious cycle because that’s where everyone is going to find out what you’re doing.

“But I admire the people who just took it down and they can fend for themselves and stay afloat.

“But then I start to think, ‘What sacrifices do you have to make if you get rid of your social media? ”

“Because for me my Instagram is a place where I have full control and a say in how I am presented to anyone in my audience.

“I don’t even have that on YouTube or Vevo or any of the streaming platforms. If I get rid of it, I kind of lose part of my voice.

“But I really, really don’t like social media. I post, then I delete it from my phone.

Social media platforms have come under increased scrutiny after footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted for racial abuse after missing penalties in England’s loss to the ‘Euro 2020 in the final against Italy.

The Stop This Flame singer said she has worked hard to find other ways to keep up with the people who inspire her, by buying magazines, attending fashion shows and listening to their music. .

She said: “I’ve had Instagram for nine years and I think it’s too long.

“When I got it, I imagined it would be a fad. I imagined it would last about six weeks during summer vacation and everyone would move on.

“And it has such an influence in our lives because of the intelligence of the technology. And I just think it’s really damaging to people’s relationships, to people’s identities, to people’s self-esteem.

“I would love if all the artists just said ‘never do it again’.”

Celeste – full name Celeste Epiphany Waite – made a live comeback last week during a five-night sold-out residency at Union Chapel in Islington, north London, and the streaming platform LIVENow will broadcast a version of her Thursday night show.

Celeste: On With The Show, Live From London will be available to stream on demand from Thursday, July 15 via LIVENow.

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