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Singer Grimes Fights to Keep Drug References Off Her Wiki Page

After losing friends to drugs and alcohol, the singer doesn't want references to past drug use "to be part of my narrative."

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Grimes / Photo by Phillip Nguyen via Wikimedia

It can be hard to shut the door on the past—and perhaps even harder as a celebrity with a Wikipedia page. Canadian singer-songwriter and “electronic artist” Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, is currently waged in editorial battle with some “anonymous asshole” who keeps re-adding a quote to her Wiki page in which she referenced a three-week drug binge. “I blacked out the windows and did tons of amphetamines and stayed up for three weeks and didn’t eat anything,” she told CMJ in 2012. 

The singer wants the quote off her page, she explains in a post on Tumblr, because she has lost several friends to addiction and drug and alcohol use, and doesn’t want that “to be part of my narrative.”

“Losing people to drugs and alcohol is the worst because they destroy any good memories you have of them before, forcing you to deal with the empty space they leave behind,” she writes. “I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.”

Boucher says that re-adding the quote  is “incredibly irresponsible” and worries that her fans might read it and be encouraged to emulate her past drug use. ”I hope you know you are doing the world a disservice,” she tells the anonymous Wiki contributor. ” I just watched another person I care deeply about basically turn into Gollum and my heart is broken. “