Tuesday 17 September 2019

Bella Hadid breaks her silence on Fyre Festival: 'I trusted this would be an amazing experience for all of us'

Bella Hadid promoting Fyre Festival
Bella Hadid promoting Fyre Festival
Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkoski, Bella Hadid and other supermodels promoting Fyre Festival
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Model Bella Hadid has finally broken her silence on the chaos that was Fyre Festival, which she promoted alongside a host of other supermodels.

The 20-year-old featured alongside Hailey Baldwin, Chanel Iman and Emily Ratajkowski in a lavish-looking video promoting the inaugural Fyre Festival, which literally ended in tears on Friday and Saturday.

Hadid, alongside Kendall Jenner and a number of other models faced social media backlash for promoting the gig in the Bahamas, which promised a high-end festival experience like no other, but really guests were given disaster relief tents and basic food and many had no way to get off the island.

Many compared it to the "Hunger Games for rich people" or "Lord of the Flies".

She posted a message on Twitter distancing herself from the festival, which was being organised by Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, saying she believed in the project which is why she agreed to a "one off promotion".

Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkoski, Bella Hadid and other supermodels promoting Fyre Festival

"I just wanted to address Fyre Festival…Even though this was not my project what so ever, nor was I informed about the production or process of the festival in any shape or form, I do know that it has always been out of great intent and they truly wanted all of us to have the time of our lives. I initially trusted this would be an amazing & memorable experience for all of us, which is why I agreed to do one promotion…not knowing about the disaster that was to come…I feel so sorry and badly because this is something I couldn’t stand by, although of course if I would have known about the outcome, you would have all known too."

She is the only model featured in the ad to publicly comment on the debacle.

Tickets were priced from $1,000 while others paid up to $25,000 for the experience, but all headliners cancelled in advance and according to witnesses, there was a small stage where a local band was performing as festival-goers arrived on the island to mass chaos.

Fyre Festival organisers said in a statement: "Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed. After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travellers home safely."

Ja Rule issued a statement on Friday night, saying: "We are working right now on getting everyone on the island SAFE...that is my immediate concern.,,I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting I don't how everything went so left but I'm working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded."

McFarland told Buzzfeed that "we needed more manpower than the 300-person team we had" and it was "very ambitious in our part."

FYI, this is what Fyre Festival was supposed to look like:

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