- Madison Beer wrote a message to fans about lessons she learned after nude photos of her were leaked when she was only 14 years old.
- The 21-year-old singer said that the "very private Snapchats" she sent to a boy were later seen by friends, family, and music executives.
- When the same boy resurfaced an old video of Beer on her 21st birthday in March 2019, she felt "trauma and shame" but decided to stop punishing herself.
- Beer shared the following message for others: "You should not feel shame. You were exploring your sexuality, you were learning. You should not feel like you did something wrong. Shame on those who betrayed your trust & SHAME ON THOSE WHO SHAMED YOU."
- After receiving encouragement from her fans, she wrote, "I hope in the future as I start sharing more of my personal experiences & struggles they can help heal some people including me."
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Madison Beer drew from her own personal experiences while sharing a message for International Women's Day (IWD) on Sunday.
The 21-year-old singer posted a tweet saying that she sent "very private Snapchats" to a boy when she was 14 years old. Eventually, the videos were shown to her family, friends, and music executives before they were shared online.
She added that the same boy resurfaced an old video of Beer on her 21st birthday in March 2019. And although Beer said that she's had "perpetual anxiety" about the video being leaked online, she's decided to use the experience as a lesson.
"On IWD I am going to free myself of this weight I carry. I am going to tell my 14-year-old self the following which I hope may help some of you to be kinder to yourselves as young women," she wrote.
Beer continued to offer the following advice: "You should not feel shame. You were exploring your sexuality, you were learning. You should not feel like you did something wrong. Shame on those who betrayed your trust & SHAME ON THOSE WHO SHAMED YOU."
Fans applauded Beer's willingness to be vulnerable, and many told her that she was helping other women by sharing her story.
After receiving words of encouragement from her followers, Beer thanked the people who made her feel "so comfortable and welcomed."
"I hope in the future as I start sharing more of my personal experiences & struggles they can help heal some people including me," she tweeted.
The singer also shared a black and white Instagram photo of women marching in a protest holding signs that read, "dress for comfort not for style" and "sexism is alive & living in Australia."
She captioned the post, "happy international women's day. this feels really good."
Beer was first discovered by Justin Bieber in 2012 after the "Baby" singer tweeted a video of her YouTube cover of Etta James's "At Last," sparking viral fame for the then-13-year-old.
After releasing her debut EP "As She Pleases" in 2018, she spoke about the importance of using her platform to lift up other women during an interview with The Independent.
When asked about the lack of difficulty that women — specifically — face while trying to break into the music industry, Beer said, "The balance needs to be addressed. More women need to feel they can be respected, just like men. Women have stories to tell and music to make that the world needs to hear."
Beer added, "I truly believe that diversity is so important, and I hope that I can use my platform to encourage and inspire other aspiring female artists."
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