YouTube star Piper Rockelle is firing back at singer P!nk.
The “So What” singer accused the 14-year-old influencer’s parents of exploiting their daughter by posting photos of the teen in bikinis on social media. The dancer has over 4.8 million followers on Instagram and the account says it's “managed by family.”
“How many kids like Piper Rockelle are being exploited by their parents?,” the mother-of-two asked her followers in a tweet on Sunday, August 29. “And at what point do the rest of us say… ‘this isn’t okay for a 13 yr old to be posing in a bikini whilst her MOTHER takes the photo?!?!’”
Now Rockelle is shooting down the accusation her parents are exploiting her and saying the singer’s words hurt her feelings.
The teenage dancer told TMZ, P!nk’s tweet really “affected her emotionally.” She also claimed that the bikini shots in question were taken at a time while she was quarantining at home after contracting COVID-19.
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Rockelle says she “wanted to take the pics to show off her favorite bathing suit,” adding “a lot of kids her age do that,” and she “doesn’t see any harm in it at all.”
The bubbly brunette also fiercely defended her mom, saying the “Try” singer’s statement is “100 percent not true,” and that her mom is “always making sure she’s happy and she wants to keep doing what she’s doing.”
Rockelle is a YouTube star, who has garnered over 8 million subscribers on the platform. In her bio, she describes her channel as a place to view “crazy challenges,” including boyfriend challenges, crush challenges and where her followers can control what she does for 24 hours.
The teen told Today Parents she doubts P!nk has “ever seen one” of her videos “because if she did, she’d see it’s just my friends and me having fun and acting like ourselves.”
She continued: “Pictures of teenagers in bikinis having fun are not sexual. They’re only sexual if you view us that way.”