A little bit of fan interaction on Instagram did not end well for award-winning songstress Zahara after she was accused of being heavily drunk.
The heavy criticism came after Zahara failed to sing the national anthem which made people conclude she was drunk. However, “drunk” Zahara clapped back at her haters and defended herself.
It all started with some innocent fan on her Instagram page which has just over 321k followers. On the live video, a visibly jovial Zahara, who like the rest of South Africa, is under the mandatory 21-day lockdown, asked her fans to request songs for her to sing to them.
Fans started requesting songs, some gospel songs which Zahara sang with passion.
Everything changed when one fan asked Zahara to sing the national anthem. Before singing, Zahara made it clear she was not too clued up with the Afrikaans part of the national anthem. This prompted people to assume that she was drunk.
As a person who has previously admitted she had an alcohol problem, Zahara says that she is hurt because of the nasty comments and peoples’ insinuations. She is also mostly hurt at the perceptions people have of her, often portraying her as a drunk who cannot handle alcohol.
Zahara clarified that she was not under the influence of alcohol.
“My Instagram Live videos are always so lighthearted. I am always joking and was just having fun so I am alarmed with people saying these things. I did a lot of crazy things and no-one said anything.
Someone asked me to sing the anthem and I decided to just have fun with it. I just wanted people to laugh at me struggling with the anthem, it wasn’t meant to be disrespectful or a big issue.
“It hurts me because they say people don’t know me. I don’t drink, even though people around me do. I am not worried about it though, I will still continue with my Instagram Live videos,” she reiterated.
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