Paloma Faith 'fragile' over sexist comments

Paloma Faith 'fragile' over sexist comments

Paloma Faith experienced sexism for the first time in her career as a judge on The Voice.

The 34-year-old singer has been enjoying success in the music industry for the past seven years, with singles such as Stone Cold Sober, Picking Up the Pieces and Only Love Can Hurt Like This under her belt.

She joined BBC television talent show The Voice this year (Jan16) and her final team was unveiled on Sunday night (20Mar16). Fans were quick to point out that she had gone for an all-female team, but Paloma has defended her decision - insisting she wanted to do it as a response to the sexism she has experienced since being a judge on the show.

"I think it’s really important that my team is all women," Paloma told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "I did that 100 per cent on purpose because it’s the first time ever in my whole life, full stop, that I’ve experienced sexism. I was brought up by a feminist and I’ve never experienced sexism before in my career.

"I’ve never been asked to be half-naked or whatever – they are too scared. But in this situation on TV, they are having a go at me for wearing the same outfit, it’s ridiculous. All three men wore the same outfit. Nobody comments on that."

One comment that shocked Paloma the most was when a viewer told her to "Shut up and look pretty" after she shared her opinion on one episode. In fact, it's responses like these that have left the singer "quite fragile".

Someone tweeted me saying, ‘Shut up and look pretty’ when I had an opinion," she said. "I’ve never heard that before in all my years in the music industry.I’m quite fragile about it, to be honest. I have my moments when I don’t want to get out of bed because I don’t want to go back there.

"I feel like there is a lack of personal responsibility by humans on social media. I don’t understand where a lot of people’s anger comes from."

Paloma will be hoping she has a winner in her team, which consists of Beth Morris, Heather Cameron-Hayes and Jordan Gray.

- Cover Media