Tuesday 16 January 2018

Stormzy attacks NME for using his image on issue focusing on depression

By Joe Nerssessian

The musician said the publication used his photo on its front cover without informing him.

Grime star Stormzy has attacked music magazine NME for using his image on the front of an issue focusing on depression.

The London-born musician, who has previously opened up about his own battle with depression, accused the publication of exploiting the topic to “shift copies”.

He added they had been “begging” him to feature on their cover and said they used it without informing him.

This week’s NME, which is out Friday, shows an image of the rapper with the phrase, “Depression: It’s Time To Talk” above a smaller paragraph which adds: “Wise words from Stormzy, Gaga, Bastille and more.”

In a series of tweets from his official account, Stormzy accused the publication of using him as a “poster boy” for the topic.

He added: “I KNOW it will help others but just imagine a personal battle of yours being published on the front of a magazine without your permission.”

The magazine’s editor, Mike Williams, apologised to Stormzy on the publication’s official Twitter account.

Last month, Stormzy spoke to Channel 4 News about depression, telling them he wanted to help others.

“For a long time I used to think, soldiers don’t go through that.

“Strong people in life, the bravest, the most courageous people, they don’t go through that. They just get on with it… and that’s not the case,” he said.

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