P!nk has opened up about the realness of touring as a mom under constant press scrutiny, which has caused her pal Justin Timberlake to reach out in support.
The pop singer slammed the "parasite paparazzi" on Instagram Thursday after being photographed at the beach following the postponement of a tour stop in Australia due to illness. While she took to the ocean for some self-care, P!nk was criticized by a tabloid down under that posted the photo of her at the beach with the headline, "Pink's Sydney concert cancelled as she chills in Byron Bay."
Out of respect for fans, P!nk explained in detail that she and her children were very sick and stressed from the touring schedule.
The "What About Us" singer posted the paparazzi photo to her Instagram account and spoke about the hardships of being a mother while on tour.
"I don't need to clear this up, but out of respect for my fans I will attempt it," she began in a lengthy caption. "I scheduled this tour meticulously, trying to do what was best for my children, while also putting on the best and most physically demanding and beautiful show of my life. This break in Byron has been scheduled since 2017, as a way to get outside the hotel and the winter and have some time with my children."
Read the rest of P!nk's statement below.
"I've already been sick twice (kids as well)on this Australian tour, but the first time we got sick, I was able to push through," the singer continued. "This time, what these parasite paparazzi don't show you, is two doctor visits in Byron on two consecutive days, antibiotics, steroids, Vick's, nose spray, throat spray, more steroids, NyQuil, a screaming baby in the middle of the night, every night, while mama gives him warm baths and tells her daughter everything is fine.
You can think whatever you want, it's your right, but I have never taken advantage of any one in my entire life. I have never f--ked off while disrespecting hard working people who spend money to come see me play. I have never phoned in a single tour, I have an impeccable record for not cancelling. I mother with everything I have whilst handling all the rest. The snark in this is unbelievable and makes me long for a nicer world."
I'm doing the absolute best I can, and you can believe it or not," she added. "What they don't show you in this picture is me drinking water and lying down while my friends try to entertain my 7 year old who is asking me why these creepy men are surrounding us and pacing back and forth and taking pictures of her every move. I will see everyone tomorrow whether I'm better or not, and the postponed show will be rescheduled. As I said, I'm sorry to the real fans who this situation has affected. Onwards and upwards."
Timberlake, who P!nk has toured with in the past, commented on the Instagram photo, showing his support for the "incomparable BADASS." The "Soulmate" singer also shed some light on what it's like for him to be a parent on tour.
"THE REALEST. I'm sorry, sis. But, I gotta jump in too..." he began. "As an artist who has had the fortune of sharing the stage twice on tour with this incomparable BADASS (once with 'NSync and once as a solo artist), I'm here to tell you that you won't find a harder working, more authentically talented, and more thankful for her place on that stage and her fans than this woman. Night in and night out... this woman just brings it."
"But DAY 1's and 2's know that. FOH, he continued. "And NOW... as a parent on tour as well, and as an artist who LOVES their fans just as much and wants to give them an unprecedented experience... AND is currently battling an injury, a sinus infection, and trying to be the Dad I want to be to?? I say HATS OFF to you, my friend."
"I don't know how Moms/Artists like you exists. Go make up some fodder about somebody who's half-assin' it. NOT a real one. Wishing you full health and speedy recovery, Pink! Shine on, sis!!!!"
P!nk then graciously responded to Timberlake's comments of support. The "So What" crooner explained that the N'SYNC frontman gave her a chance when she was 19 and gave her "another shot" years later.
"Thanks friend. I've always respected your work ethic and talent and feel like I have learned from the best," she wrote. "You gave me a chance when I was 19 with one song under my belt. 7/8 years later, you gave me another shot to prove my self as a solo artist in America."
"You're a genuine artist, talented from the bottom of your toes and you can't even help it," she continued. "Thank yo for the vote of confidence. It's been a privilege to know you, sir. Congrats on your beautiful family and on the legacy you leave and continue to build. I'll open for you anytime."