Bebe Rexha’s latest concert accessory could protect her face from more flying phones.
The “I’m Good” singer wrapped up the first leg of her “Best F*n Night of My Life” tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on Saturday night wear and tear What some Instagram fans joked was “OSHA-approved goggles.” She performed in Los Angeles weeks after a concert-goer threw a phone at the singer during her New York concert.
“She’s wearing goggles. “Smart move!” wrote Instagram user zip90090. Rexha paired her sparkly black body suit and flared trousers with large ski goggle-like sunglasses that covered her eyes.
On June 18, Rexha was hospitalized after 27-year-old New Jersey resident Nicolas Malvagna threw his cellphone at the singer. Malvagna was arrested and charged with assault.
One day after the incident, Rexha divided a picture of stitches above her left eyebrow and a black eye.
“I’m fine,” the Grammy-nominated musician assured her fans in her Instagram caption. She also poked fun at her injury tick tock.
In a criminal complaint in a New York court reviewed by The Times, Malvagna reportedly said, “I was trying to figure out if I could hit.” [Rexha] on the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny.” He was released of his own volition and was instructed to stay away from Rexha, who was awarded a full interim protective order. He will appear in court on July 31.
The cell phone attack on Rexha was followed by other cases of fan misconduct towards artists. Singer Ava Max was slapped by a concert-goer on June 20. And country star Kelsea Ballerini was hit in the face with an object thrown by a fan during a concert in Idaho.
Ballerini told fans she was “fine,” but urged concert-goers to keep going Instagram be more considerate.
“Let’s just better make sure we protect each other at shows,” she wrote.
Recently, concert-goers have also given artists a variety of whimsical gifts. When Pink performed in London last week, he accepted a giant loaf of brie cheese. At a previous show, a fan of the singer reportedly gave some of her mother’s ashes.
“I don’t know what to think of that,” she said.
A fan over the weekend threw a sex toy — apparently one that’s modeled after female genitals — at Lil Nas X, while he headlined Lollapalooza Stockholm on Saturday. To wrap up his performance of “Down Souf Hoes,” the Grammy-winning singer picked up the track.
“Who threw them on stage?” he asked the crowd.
Times colleague Carlos De Loera contributed to this report.