Australian rapper Iggy Azalea says she’s had to take on new security measures for her concerts because fans touch her inappropriately when she jumps into the crowd as part of her show.
During an interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, the 23-year-old said she now wears two pairs of underwear and skin-coloured tights underneath her pants when she’s on-stage to stop it from happening.
‘I had to stop (crowd surfing),’ she said.
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Sexually abused: Australian rapper Iggy Azalea says she’s had to take on new security measures for her
concerts because fans touch her inappropriately when she jumps into the crowd as part of her show
Crowd surfer: The 23-year-old rapper loves to jump into the crowd during her shows –
but hates how some fans grope her inappropriately
‘I’m only doing like 2000-seaters, but I still have to have barriers even if it’s like 200 people.’
She said she had stopped because of the sexual advances from people in the crowd.
‘I will get lurk tweets for like a week before my show,’ Iggy said.
‘That’s a violation. I don’t actually like that stuff. They think I’m real slutty.’
And she said it is often females – not males – who try to touch her.
‘Girls will try to do it more than guys ’cause girls think it’s cool,’ she said.
Iggy Azalea performs on stage at the Beatdown event 2012, when she famously tripped into the crowd
Iggy Azalea performs at the Beatdown event in May 2012, moments before she falls into the crowd and
is pulled back onto the stage by her security team
Video footage of Iggy performing at the Beatdown event live at SOB’s in May 2012, shows the rapper tripping and falling into the front row of the crowd during one of her songs.
She then kicks off the stage and is carried through the crowd for a few seconds before her security team pull her back onto the stage.
Rapper Iggy Azalea seen leaving her hotel in New York City, New York, in a leather jacket and nude heels
Iggy, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly is from Mullumbimby, New South Wales.
She moved to the United States at the age of 16, living in Miami, Florida, and then other parts of the South, including Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.
She first gained recognition after the respective music videos for her controversial songs Pussy and Two Times, went viral on YouTube.
She has been dating NBA basketball player Nick Young from the Los Angeles Lakers for eight months.
Iggy Azalea (right) and her boyfriend Nick Young, who plays in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Iggy’s debut album, The New Classic, surging to number one on the iTunes charts shortly upon its release at midnight on Tuesday.
Fans of hers were lining up for selfies with the star during her visit to the ABC Studios in New York City for an interview and performance on Good Morning America.
The 23-year-old rapper posed obligingly with many of her admirers, holding up each cell phone and bending backwards for a good angle.
Let me take a selfie: Iggy Azalea snapped selfies with fans during her visit to the ABC Studios in
New York City on Tuesday for an interview and performance on Good Morning America
Getting fancy: The 23-year-old rapper performed her hit single, Fancy, on the ABC show that day,
alongside singer and songwriter Charli XCX, and a group of back-up dancers