Last November, Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Jauregui penned an open letter criticizing President Donald Trump and his supporters and when asked about it in a new interview the singer said she still stands by those comments.
Speaking with HOT 97’s Nessa, Jauregui said the letter was just something she felt like she had to do.
“I kind of saw a lot more support than I saw backlash,” she said of the letter. “For me, the whole message was really important and at the time I felt in my heart compelled to say something about it because I so strongly believe in what I believe in and I myself I love who I am and I love who these women are. And we represent that. We stand for women of color and women going through things and this administration just jeopardized that in a very grand scheme and in a way that made it seem validated and that to me wasn’t acceptable.”
She went on, “I needed our fans to know they’re loved and accepted and fear isn’t the way to go.”
When Nessa pointed out that this kind of outspokenness isn’t so common in pop music, Jauregui said it’s not really in her character to toe the line.
“For me as an artist, pop culture has so much power and influences society on a regular basis — I see it in the kids, I see it in everyone that I encounter, everyone is influenced by pop culture whether we want to be or not,” she said. “Something that’s so important, is just like empowering these kids and letting them know what their voice means and showing them that they shouldn’t be afraid. Because there’s nothing to fear.
“This world is our reality, we create the reality that we exist in so if everyone can just think about what they’re doing and think about what’s going on and really care about it for just a second of their time… Empathy is so important and making empathy cool and make empathy a really amazing thing that everyone should want to practice. We should care about each other.”
Watch the full interview here: