Summer Walker is hitting back at critics who question her social anxiety.
The R&B artist, 23, who took home the Best New Artist at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards on Sunday, opened up about her struggles after almost not making it to the live show.
“I wasn’t even going to go today cause I was too scared. I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my regular clothes,” she wrote to Instagram. “By the time my name was called, I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone else [because I] so nervous and I was shaking. BUT I pushed through my #SocialAnxiety today and I’m really glad I did because the Soul Train experience is something any true music lover will never forget.”
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But the post was quickly met with backlash, with many calling the disorder “fake” or an “excuse.”
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“These women have children,” Walker said in another post of her critics. “It makes me feel so bad because it’s clear that if the children are developing, or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression or schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be ‘an act.’”
She added, “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child. My s**t started at six, so yes, kids have it too.”
This isn’t the first time Walker has opened up about her anxiety, she recently cancelled upcoming tour dates citing her extreme anxiety.