Iggy Azalea has opened up about her postponed tour and why she really quit social media.
From an outside perspective, it’d seem like it’s not a great time to be Iggy Azalea. After months and months of progressively less interesting discussions about her racial identity and what kind of rights it gives her in the world of hip-hop, she recently handed over control of all her social media outlets to management. Then as if that wasn’t enough, it was announced on Tuesday that her tour – ‘The Great Escape’ – had been pushed back until the fall with support acts Nick Jonas and Tinashe pulling out.
Well, fear not Azaleans. In a new radio interview, Iggy revealed that she’s not crying, so you shouldn’t either.
Find out exactly why the tour was bumped and why Iggy quit social media below:
Speaking to Michelle & Booker of 97.1 AMP Radio, Azalea had this to say about her ‘bumped’ tour:
“It is bumped back because I am a psycopath. It’s my first arena tour and it’s a big undertaking and I’m doing a lot of the creative direction … Compromises would have to be made to get this thing done in time and so I considered what do I wanna do – keep and honor the tickets and the dates for the fans but have not the show I envisioned or promised them … or do I wanna move it and have the absolute best show, the show that I envisioned?”
She went on to say:
“I don’t wanna have an average tour, with a normal stage, I want people to come and feel like they got their money’s worth.”
It’s a noble sentiment and, if true, is pretty much the only acceptable reason to push a show back. There will, of course, be those who argue that the Australian rapper is trying to save face, and that the reported divide between her and her management is actually to blame for the tour’s postponement, but Iggy sounds pretty sincere in the interview.
Iggy also opened up about her hiatus from social media. When questioned by the host, “I just read that you quit Instagram – is it because people are buttholes?” she responded:
“People are buttholes… It [social media] can get to the point where it’s detrimental and for me at the moment, I’m recording my album, I’m doing this tour so I just want to make sure I’m in a good headspace… It got to the point where it was taking away my positive energy, sucking it into this negative space that I don’t wanna be in.”
She went on to say:
I don’t want people – my fans especially – to think like, oh she’s so upset she’s runaway from social media. I’m not upset, I’m awesome, I’m not crying… I’m not mad at my fans.
You can check out the whole interview here:
So, do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that this is the most likeable and humble Iggy has sounded in a long time. Recently her interviews have either been filled with faux self-confidence or infuriating self-pity, so it’s really promising to see Iggy seem so much more down to earth.
The bad news? This won’t be enough to stem the persistent rumors that it’s all falling apart for Azalea. Rather than hiding away from the world, Iggy needs to keep on getting herself out there and showing people this side of her personality before it’s too late and her status as public enemy number one is irrevocable.
What do YOU think of Iggy’s latest interview? Are you buying her explanation for why the tour was pushed?