Echosmith Drummer Formally Apologizes For Direct Messaging Blink 182 Drummer Travis Barker's Daughter
Reported first by Page Six, the Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, is "disgusted" by the fact Graham Sierota, 20, was sending Alabama Barker, 13, direct messages in which he was inviting her out to parties and other events.
Released to Page Six, Graham Sierota, the drummer for Echosmith, apologized for his comments in his statement to Barker's daughter and the general public, stating that he didn't realize she was an underaged girl.
Speaking with reporters from The Blast, the 43-year-old Blink-182 drummer stated there was "nothing cool" or "normal" about Graham's invitations and compliments to Alabama.
On her Instagram Stories, Alabama called out the 20-year-old and described his behavior as "creepy." She wrote, "I am bringing this to your attention because I'm a 13-year-old girl and he is 21/20, super creepy!" Furthermore, the messages from him first began three years ago in September, when Alabama was only 10.
At the time, Graham was 17-years-old. On the 12th of July, this year, Sierota invited her to a BBQ event. Alabama is the daughter of Shanna Moakler and Travis Barker. Shanna is the drummer's ex. The messages continued, with Alabama writing to him in response, "Ok, but you understand I'm a child?"
In his statement, Sierota claims once he realized her age, he apologized for everything. "I'm really sorry, and feel very badly about this," the drummer added, stating that he never knew she was a minor, and it was an error on his part.
According to the band's Wikipedia page, Echosmith formed back in February 2009 in Chino, California. The band used to be all siblings, with Graham, Noah, and Sydney, being brothers and sisters. However, Jamie left the band back in 2016.
At first, their band was called, Ready Set Go!, however, following their signing to Warner Brothers Records in May of 2012, they changed their name. Perhaps their most popular song was "Cool Kids." It's unclear what will happen to the band, now that this controversy has arisen.