5 Seconds Of Summer Fans Upset Over ‘Rolling Stone’ Article
On Christmas Day, Rolling Stone released their January issue showcasing the very naked 5 Seconds of Summer bandmates. The four members’ bodies were decorated with their lyrics and song titles in red and black writing. With their hands placed strategically, much of 5SOS fandom rejoiced until they took a deeper look into the lengthy article. Fans were shocked by some of the quotes.
The article started with the boys waking up in the evening, hung over from a night of partying after the American Music Awards. Front man Luke Hemmings makes his first appearance half dressed while bassist, Calum Hood, emerges for a smoke and drink. The boys, ranging from ages 19 to 21, want the world to know they aren’t a boy band, they are a rock band.
The interview was the most detailed to date for the Australian band. It followed 5 Seconds Of Summer through their hectic week at the American Music Awards, attending Justin Beiber‘s after parties, and Ryan Seacrest’s Rockin New Year’s Eve taping.
The second snip that enraged 5SOS fans was the mention of Hemmings’ girlfriend, Arzaylea. Known as a “Internet influencer” and trust fund kid, Arzaylea has been bashed for her relationship with the rock star.
The third and potentially the most devastating for their fans was a quote from Hemmings talking about the early days of 5SOS.
“When you put four young dudes on a tour bus, playing theaters, then arenas, you’re going to have sex with a lot of girls, I guess,” Hemmings said. “We had a good time.” Multiple girls in one night? “I feel like I shouldn’t say,” he says with a smirk. “You could say the possibility of that is high.” Multiple girls at the same time? “The possibility is high,” he said again. He cracking a devilish grin. “The possibilities are endless.”
5SOS fans’ hearts shattered all over the world when they read that their favorite rock stars were behaving like, well, rock stars. The innocent image the fans created in their heads was gone.
The last quote that also caused some fan frustration was from drummer, Ashton Irwin.
“Seventy-five percent of our lives is proving we’re a real band,” Irwin said. “We’re getting good at it now. We don’t want to just be, like, for girls. We want to be for everyone. That’s the great mission that we have. I’m already seeing a few male fans start to pop up, and that’s cool. If the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and all those guys can do it, we can do it, too.”
Landing the cover of Rolling Stone is a highlight of 5SOS’s career and might have broken a few hearts, but the boys stayed true to their rock star persona.