Musician's Family Speak Out On 'Creepy' Messages To Blink-182 Star's 13-Year-Old Daughter
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has blasted Echosmith drummer Graham Sierota for sending messages to his 13-year-old daughter, Alabama.
The rocker's daughter first shared screenshots of the messages to Instagram, showing repeated attempts by Graham, 20, to get in touch with Alabama back in 2016 when she was just 10, with multiple messages sent just saying, "Hi."
He then wrote to the young girl, "By the way I'm Graham from echosmith and I think ur [sic] beautiful" before sending an invitation to a BBQ.
Alabama finally responded to the slew of messages on July 21, writing, "Ur like 40."
Graham allegedly responded shortly after with, "I just wanted to say i really like ur music and sorry for messaging and I'm 20."
The last message sent from Alabama reads, "Ok but u understand I'm a child?"
Alabama posted the DMs, writing, “Hey guys. So once again I am bringing this to your attention because I’m a 13-year-old girl and he is 20/21 super creepy (sic).”
Upon learning of the messages, Blink-182 drummer Travis Scott slammed Sierota's behaviour as"predatory", telling The Blast he was "disgusted" over the situation.
“When I found out a 20-year-old man was trying to get in touch with my 13-year-old daughter by filling her Instagram messages with party invites and compliments I was disgusted.”
He added, “That’s predatory behaviour and there is nothing cool, normal or OK about it at all.”
Both Graham and his family have since spoken out about the ordeal, with his family alleging he has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and lacks the ability to recognise social cues.
“We have never publicly addressed this in the past, but given the events of the last few days, we feel compelled to speak out now to offer some additional context and insight into the unfortunate misunderstandings that occurred and clear up the deeply hurtful mischaracterisations of Graham,” they said in a statement to 9 Honey.
“He sees the world as the happiest place, where everyone is a potential friend, and he wants everyone to feel included … Anyone who has ever met Graham will agree, he is the friendliest and most kind-hearted, welcoming person in the world.”
Graham also personally apologised for the messages, issuing a statement that read:
"I had invited Alabama to my parents' big family BBQ along with many other people, and it wasn't until she responded that I realised her age at which point I apologised to her," Sierota said. "I'm really sorry and feel very badly about this. I didn't realise she was a minor and assumed she was my age. I made a careless mistake and this is a big lesson for me. I would like to apologise again to Alabama, her dad Travis, and her family."
Alabama has since explained over Instagram that the musician has apologised for contacting her.
“(Graham) is very sorry about the situation and regretful. I forgive him and would like for this all to be over,” she said.