Summer Walker On Not Hugging Fans At Meet & Greets: “I’m An Empath, Respect My Space”

Published: Monday 11th Nov 2019 by Sam

Summer Walker may be winning with debut album ‘Over It,’ but some fans are over her alleged lack of warmth during meet and greets.

The principle issue? A lack of hugs.

After a number of accounts hit the ‘net, Walker is speaking up and out.

Check out what she had to say after the jump…

Taking to social media, the ‘Come Thru’ singer said:

“I just want to say to all the fans who purchase meet & greets I really APPRECIATE y’all taking the extra time to meet me and share your stories. I tell everyone individually “thank you”, I spread love, we laugh & I give genuine compliments?

now for those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me.. y’all may not understand what I’m talking about but for example… there’s a lot of people out here faking the funk with a smile on their face like they got it together but inside your actually suffering from some sort of traumatic experience, a loss, depressed, fearful, envious or whatever the case may be BUT I CAN FEEL IT. So I ask you please respect my space in those moments ?”

For those who may be wondering being an empath means, they are billed as:

“highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling.  The term empath can be used to describe a person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the pain of others at their own expense.”

We’re torn.

On the one hand, it’s a new day and age; one where individualism and artistic expression take preeminence over the old school, uniform means of being an “artist.” Put simply, shouldn’t Summer be granted the same pass others are given be themselves (quirks and all) on their own terms?

And yet, there’s a big part of us that eye-rolls. Because, the fact of the matter is that this is a business – one in which audience acquisition (aka building a fanbase) is what sustains careers. Is Summer in a position, early success and all, to be so steadfast about what she will and won’t do? We’re not so sure.

Looking at the trajectories of the Beyonce‘s, Rihanna‘s, and Ciara‘s before her (who kissed babies, waved to the masses, and generally covered all bases), there is a definite component to success that is more than dropping hot songs folk like and praise for the moment. The “job” of being an artist, celebrity, or whatever Summer’s angling for brings with it a degree of responsibility that it can be argued she’s neglecting with her words above.

But enough of our rambling. What are…

Your thoughts?

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  1. Swirly November 11, 2019

    Summer stfu. Being an empath is not a mental disease. At this point it seems like she’s rummaging through WebMD trying to find terms to self-diagnose herself with. I understand the “no touch” rule at M&G’s. She won’t be the first nor the last to do so, but the point is to MEET your fans and make them feel special. Her fans were complaining about more than a lack of hugs.

    M&G’s are not a requirement. These days artists do so in order to pocket more money for themselves. If she has such crippling “social anxiety,” just release music and post on IG. Leave tours and M&G’s to artists who actual want to do them.

    She’s exhausting.

    • Clarkson November 11, 2019

      Camilla would never

      • Gworl Bye November 11, 2019

        Camilla who?

    • DC3Fan November 11, 2019

      I completely agree! The music not even that damn groundbreaking!

    • Sorry Justin; BLACK POWER November 13, 2019

      empaths are real and everyone walks around with differing levels of energy.. all of that energy gets transferred with physical connection. this is very real and she’s being honest af. stop attackin her for commanding a safe space for her mental health. how about yall instead; focus all of this negative energy into positive mental health building excersises that will make you better people cuz ya’ll b*tching about this is just as exhausting.

  2. Danny Bey November 11, 2019

    She’s exhausting. She doesn’t need to be an artist period. If all you really care about is making music, be a soundcloud artist. Cuz I’m sique of her at this point

  3. Clarkson November 11, 2019

    Camilla would never. This dirty b1tch should be glad she got any fans and hug them and take photos with them. Ungrateful dirty b1tch. She probably got stank pus cause she say she dont bathe

    • Gworl Bye November 11, 2019

      Who is camilla? Never heard of her.

  4. Perfection is so…mhph ?? November 11, 2019

    When you buy tickets to an artist show or meet and greet. You’re buying the musical experience. Not permission to touch someone. That sounds kinda date-rapy. If a guy buys a women dinner on a date does that give him permission to touch her?

  5. The baddest November 11, 2019

    If Beyonce can hug her fans, so can she…She ain’t even on high demand yet like that she just got started… Fans find hope in the artists they listen too.

    • Lanafan1 November 11, 2019

      Wtf does Beyonce have to do with this? Ugh stfu

  6. only facts November 11, 2019

    She’s not going to last very long. Her personality is all the way off.

    • Clarkson November 11, 2019

      U are wrong again
      She is going to last cause this is what the public like.
      A musician who doesnt wanna be famous, who is awkward, a musician who does like the celebrity that comes with making music.

      The public is already getting curious about her and her persona.

      Her fan base is going to protect her and fight for her.

      Her album is already a streaming hit.

      • Clarkson November 11, 2019

        Dirty b1tch troll

      • gina November 11, 2019

        Girl shut up, you also said camila would have another top ten hit and it hasn’t happened yet so stfu, the public aint here for this nobody and her bullsh*t i dont care how many streams she got.

      • Clarkson November 11, 2019

        You said it yourself with the key word “yet”

        She hasn’t had a top ten “yet”
        It’s going to happen.

        Liar has survived how many album drops?

        Post malone album
        Kanye west album
        Summer walker album
        Da baby album
        Miranda Lambert album
        Kevin gates album

        the song is still fighting with no promo.
        Every week there’s a big album drop , but the song is still fighting

        Normani motivation couldn’t survive the album drops and that’s why she fell out the hot 100 even after releasing a remix of motivation

      • ZsaDore November 11, 2019

        Sure will lol idc I love her.

  7. Chileplease November 11, 2019

    Girl, go be a telemarketer. You can sit on the phone all day and not worry about touching people. You about to be out of this biz before you even get in

    • Paulo November 11, 2019

      You’re wrong but I laughed ?

  8. pat November 11, 2019

    whew chile.. this generation too fragile for me

  9. Lol November 11, 2019

    Then don’t do meet and greets then. She’s weird.

  10. Miko November 11, 2019

    It’s TOTALLY OKAY to not want to touch a stranger and especially in the current climate. You know there would be someone who would say that the hug felt inappropriate and then Summer would have a serious PR issue on her hands. Saying thank you is more than enough. It’s a lot of energy to literally have to stay and talk to fans AFTER you’ve performed. Fans are way too entitled . Artists are people as well and deserve the right to say no to being touched, especially when it’s not consensual

    Also, stop comparing every new black female artists to Rihanna Beyonce and Ciara. It’s stale, weak reporting and makes the reader automatically compare everyone to them.

  11. NS1 November 11, 2019

    just respect that she doesn’t want to hug. why is that so difficult? you don’t have to understand her in order to respect her decision for god’s sake.

  12. eric November 11, 2019

    Nobody is coming to her with the energy of someone who has experienced trauma. They’re excited and just want to have a good time. That’s GOOD energy!

    • Danny Bey November 11, 2019

      Exactly. Like wtf is she even saying??? lmfaoo

  13. Truth November 11, 2019


    • Clarkson November 11, 2019

      Highest charting female rnb artist of 2019 , that’s who

      Dumb àss

      • Gworl Bye November 11, 2019

        Doesn’t answer the question dumb ass.


      • Clarkson November 11, 2019

        Youre an uneducated fool who lack comprehension skills

        Go back to school, ur a waste to ur parents

      • Gworl Bye November 11, 2019

        And you’re an uneducated moron who lacks proper grammar & writing skills. Go back to the clinic, your mother (because you clearly didn’t come from two parents) should have ab0rted you. Or swallowed, whatever her thing may be.

      • Clarkson November 11, 2019

        An illiterate, with zero walls who was born of incèst that’s why he lacks comprehension skills.

        Your father and mother are siblings, prove me wrong, I will wait.

  14. SMH November 11, 2019

    LOL. I don’t know where these new age streaming “artists” get their condescending entitlement from, but its perfectly clear why they don’t sell units anymore. This girl won’t last past spring if she keeps this nonsense up.

  15. whut November 11, 2019

    Sorry, never heard of her.

  16. Hmmm… November 11, 2019

    She really annoys me.

  17. Keyo November 11, 2019

    Says the gal who used spit to wipe off her makeup & doesn’t like showers. Should be banned from Meet & Greets for maintaining such bad hygiene like that. Empath my ass….

  18. Thanos of Titan November 11, 2019

    Don’t like her and her music is subpar. Gurrl, bye.

  19. ZsaDore November 11, 2019

    Any empath will truly resonate with this. Those ppl who cry when you cry. Those that hurt so deep they can feel it in their hearts beating out of their chests. It’s never a great feeling to know that your okay but still be unable to shake poor energy. It’s damaging. It’s detrimental to progressive health. Protection of peace starts with setting boundaries. True fans myself included can understand and respect that.

  20. LaMont MartiaN November 11, 2019

    My 2 cents, if you aren’t willing to cater to the fans needs, just don’t hold a meet & greet in the first place. Why offer an extra service if you aren’t willing to give the customer their moneys worth

  21. Johny5 November 11, 2019

    Then B|TCH don’t do meet and greets! It’s not mandatory ho3 it’s a choice!

  22. Shakeyred November 11, 2019

    Summer out here skipping showers……girls need soap boo…….girls need soap too?…in HER voice???

  23. Roro November 11, 2019

    If she was an empath she wouldn’t be dating London. She’s so full of herself and requires too much validation. The music is good but baby doing toooo much. Go unblock them chakras.

  24. K November 12, 2019

    Hold on…she was a stripper yet has the charisma of a thumb when she performs and also doesn’t wanna do proper meet and greets. Girl just say you’re here for the cash and you don’t actually like people and keep it moving. This empath thing is bs.

  25. Paul Jones November 20, 2019

    I think this might be the wrong industry for her.

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