AceShowbiz - Summer Walker, who has been open about her social anxiety, has clapped back after she received criticism over her awkward speech at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards. Posting pictures of her "bareface" on her Instagram account on Monday, the Best New Artist winner at the Sunday, November 17 event said that the hate she received for her mental health issue was mostly from women with children.
"you know the scariest s**t I've been witnessing is that most of the women leaving negative comments like 'it's an act' , 'I don't have the right to act like this b/c I'm famous, 'b***h you slow' or just flat out making fun of me for being vulnerable. HAVE CHILDREN, these women have children," she wrote in the caption.
She continued sharing her feelings, "It makes me feel soo bad cause it's clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it'll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it'll just be 'an act'. These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child sad, my s**t started at 6 so yes kids have it to."
After receiving the award at Soul Train Awards, Summer addressed her awkward speech on Instagram. Opening up that she was feeling nervous even to come to the event, she wrote along with her photo at the awards show, "I wasn't even gonna go today cause I was to scared, I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my reg deg clothes."
"When I got there I doged the red carpet and tried to get escorted through the back, finally getting to my seat I had to keep sneaking to pat my underarms from sweating, for no reason other than people were looking at me, I kept my arms folded and tried not to be seen," she went on sharing. "by the time my name was called I couldn't get a speech out like everyone one else from being so nervous & was shaking BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I'm really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget."
Amid the critics, there were others who left supportive comments for Summer, including her boyfriend London On Da Track. The record producer/songwriter/rapper gushed while congratulating her on her win, "The anxiety makes u hard to read but to the ones that try to understand Would kno yo heart is an open book. I wouldn't want u to b no other way. The spirits value you. I value you. So proud of you and your journey."