Ash Costello talks to fans following birthday wish list backlash
The vocalist took to social media to address concerns over her wish list requests.February 6, 2019
Costello shared the list via social media, which set off an array of fan reactions, many of whom took offense to its concept and began expressing their concern.
The vocalist first shared the list at the start of her birthday month, giving fans the option to purchase a gift for her if they chose to do so. Each item included a description of what she would do with it if a fan chose to purchase it and she explained she would be doing an unboxing video later.
“Thank you for checking out my birthday wishlist!” the list’s description reads. “I’m going to do an unboxing of bday presents and read your messages from it’s senders on my YouTube channel! Who doesn’t love presents for their birthday right?! I thought it would be really fun to open bday gifts from you guys for my channel! I am so grateful to receive any presents at all, it feels like being sent bday gifts from friends all over the world! So I thank you!!!!”
Some fans were excited and supportive.
There are literally so many items priced at $20 & under…and people are mad about larger priced ones? Avoid them then or don’t buy anything. But ya know, let’s be rude about her wanting to involve all of us.??♀️
— ✧????????✧ (@MallciaNephilim) February 7, 2019
it’s a BIRTHDAY WISH LIST. not a BUY ME THIS OR ELSE list. ?
— brenda ? (@filmforhereyes) February 6, 2019
Y’all need to calm down! Not everything that was on her wishlist is super expensive. Also, it’s not like she’s asking for gifts all year long, her birthday is coming up soon. She’s doing the same thing as many of you do which is ask for gifts for your birthday.
— Matthew Swanton (@Matteswan1G) February 6, 2019
While others were concerned and upset.
I used to love you so much. But legit I saw you spend over 1k at rock and shock in 2016. Sis I would have done that if I had money. Buying vip is enough and people supporting you.
— your sweet angle ? (@SavGhost) February 6, 2019
Most things there are twice as expensive as my bass that took me 2 years to get
This is ridiculous
Open a PO box instead and let fans send you things that took them time and effort that for sure will be cheaper for them
But this is just taking advantage of your fans
— ONE BLUE THING (@k_in_pieces) February 6, 2019
We do Not Stan: Ash Costello, who is taking advantage of her fans to get them to buy her expensive birthday presents that she, a celebrity with a two MILLION dollar net worth, can definitely afford all on her own.
— emily jade ✨ (@somewhatemily) February 6, 2019
Just a thought but maybe you, as an adult in a position of power, shouldn’t try to coerce your young fans into buying you $600 items you can definitely afford on your own
— ????? ???? (@unwhcretunately) February 6, 2019
Costello caught wind of the latter reactions, and she took to her page to address the concerns:
“1. I’m not MAKING or convincing anyone to buy me anything. 2. That wishlist also has my mom, friends and family on it cause they asked what I’d like for my birthday. 3.I’ve also posted my PO Box where fans can send letters, art, or whatever FOR FREE if they wish.
“4. You’re not “calling me out” for anything. Fans ASK to send me things. No one HAS to, and that’s obvious when I post the PO Box option as well. 5. TONS of my friends have bday wishlists that I have purchased presents for them from. This isn’t a weird or abnormal thing.
“6. If you don’t like what’s on MY wishlist, well I don’t know what to tell ya. Go make your own. Thanks for sucking the fun out of it. I consider fans, friends and family. And friends get friends presents for their bday! Even handmade ones! So calm yourselves.
Costello explained it’s “so dumb that [she] even has to address that” and stated she also has a P.O. box where people can send her letters.
The singer reiterated that birthdays are supposed to be fun, reminding fans yet again they can choose not to buy anything.
Costello ended her clarification by stating she would be doing a Q&A. You can read the responses on her Twitter page.
New Years Day’s upcoming plans
New Years Day released “Skeletons” in November, their first taste of new music since 2015 full-length Malevolence. The single projected a brand-new NYD, one who mix almost mechanically heavy riffs with free-spirited pop. It will appear on their currently untitled full-length due out this year.
Yesterday, the band were announced as support on Falling In Reverse’s spring run. They’ll be joining Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes To New. New Years Day will also be playing a handful of festivals, and you can grab tickets to all of their upcoming shows here.
04/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
04/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
04/23 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
04/24 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
04/26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues*
04/27 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm*
04/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
04/29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
05/01 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
05/03 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
05/04 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
05/05 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
05/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
05/08 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
05/10 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
05/12 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
05/14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
05/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/17 – Boise, ID @ Revolution
05/18 – Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theatre
05/19 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
05/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
05/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
*No Ice Nine Kills