In light of the tragic death of Christina Grimmie and debates surrounding gun control and security in America, Meghan Trainor is balancing her personal safety and the happiness of her fans — but not without trepidation.
“Last show I did in Buffalo, I went out after,” she says. “It kind of slowed down and everyone was leaving. I went out and said hi to some fans. My heart was beating and I was like, ‘You got this, you’re okay.’ And I saw my team circled around us subtly. I was like, ‘There’s my manager, there’s my security, there’s my brother, and there’s my assistant, and they’re all protecting me.’ And I was like, ‘We can do this.’ And we did it until the last person left.”
The specter of The Voice star’s murder at the hands of a fan in June made Trainor question at first whether she felt comfortable opening herself up to the potential of danger: “I was like, ‘Guys I can’t do this anymore.’ Because of [Christina].”
But she cherishes the connection with her devoted Megatrons. “Sometimes I get to meet real personal fans that have written me an essay and they want to just give it to me,” says Trainor. “And so I love those moments. But it was scary.”
Trainor has a soft spot for Grimmie, who took time to connect before “All About That Bass” was an international smash. “I knew of her really well. In high school I would always follow her YouTube page,” the pop star recalls. “And I commented in high school, and she commented back, and I was like, ‘Mom! A celebrity commented on my page!’ I was freaking out. I was stoked.”
The two eventually crossed paths, as Meghan went from writing behind the scenes to standing front and center on stage. “I met her at some radio show I did like my first year. And I was like, ‘Dude, I followed your YouTube and you commented!’ She was like, ‘What? You know who I am?’ She was so sweet.”
Trainor is mostly apolitical — “I’ve never voted and I don’t have any desire to,” she reveals in her new Billboard cover story — but firmly believes America needs gun-control reform. “I think it’s ridiculous that random crazy people can buy guns. I think it’s absurd,” she insists. “Like I had friends from London that are like, ‘This is why I’ll never live over here.’ I’m like, ‘Why? What’s wrong?’ They’re like, ‘You have guns.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s pretty bad.'” In fact, the singer was among almost 200 artists and music execs who signed Billboard‘s open letter to Congress asking to stop gun violence. Read the letter here.
Read Meghan Trainor’s full cover story here, where she discusses fame, writing hits and being looked up to by girls everywhere.
Reporting by Jada Yuan.