There’s no doubt about it, Aussie artist Tones and I had taken the world by storm.

Not only did she clean up at the ARIA Awards last week, taking home four of the eight awards she was nominated for, but she’s performed on Jimmy Fallon and her song Dance Monkey has been number one for a record breaking 16 consecutive weeks.

But with great success it seems there also comes a significant amount of backlash, as artists open themselves up to not only praise but criticism from the ever-judgemental public.

Tones and I, who’s real name is Toni Watson, has opened up about dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly in the music industry in a candid post on social media.

While she’s spoken about her incredible success, Tones also revealed that since making it big she’s received “death threats” and “relentless bullying” from strangers.

“To my fans I love you unconditionally but I have been hiding a big black hole for a while now and feel if I hid it like most artists do then how are we going to help the next generations of young artist (sic) to come,” she wrote alongside pictures from the ARIAs.


“Truth is (and we have all seen it) with success comes judgement and opinions, this I was prepared for, it’s normal (which is sickening) but the relentless bullying that follows every proud moment tears my mind in two.

“I am a very open honest, caring, good person and in the dark times of death threats and very harsh judgements from strangers I have never met, I have decided to push past it and show any artist that you can get through it and maintain your sense of self, even though I don’t see an end in sight, this is how I will live my life now.

“I am Toni Watson, A female artist from Australia. I am going through the best and worst time of my life. And today I am OK. I love you and as always.. we are in this together.”

What a powerful statement! It truly is sickening to think about what goes on behind the screens on the web.

If anything good can come of this, we think it will definitely be that Tones and I will be an incredible role model for other young artists in the music biz.


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