Singer and performer Pink criticized a 14-year-old YouTuber's mother for allowing her daughter to parade around in skimpy bikinis and flaunt her figure all over the internet, but the teen hit back and said that her mother supports her "dream" every step of the way.
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Piper Rockelle, 14, caught the eye of Pink — real name Alecia Beth Moore — earlier this week, and Pink, a 41-year-old mom of two children, took to Twitter to criticize Piper's mother for allowing her young, impressionable daughter to engage in potentially dangerous behavior.
Pink tweeted, "How many kids like Piper Rockelle are being exploited by their parents? And at what point do the rest of us say … 'this isn't okay for a 13 yr old to be posing in a bikini whilst her MOTHER takes the photo?!?!'"
How many kids like Piper Rockelle are being exploited by their parents? And at what point do the rest of us say … “… https://t.co/C7kJQ0xPke— P!nk (@P!nk)1630277443.0
“The first thing I want everyone to know is that my mom doesn't make me do anything. Quite the opposite," the teen YouTuber told the entertainment outlet. “I'm a kid who had a dream, and my mom is amazing enough to help me live it out."
She added, "I know there are kids who are being taken advantage of and that's a real problem, but I'm not one of them."
Piper also defended the content of her YouTube page, which boasts more than 5 million followers.
"I don't think Pink has ever seen one of my YouTube videos because if she did, she'd see it's just my friends and me having fun and acting like ourselves," she said. "The content we make is the kind of stuff anyone can watch."
Piper's mother, Tiffany Rockelle, added that she'll always protect her daughter.
"Since Piper was a child, she has had a strong love of performing and she has always had a dream," Rockelle told Today Parents. "So long as Piper wants to do this and it's her passion, I'm here for her to follow that dream and protect her."
Pink wasn't the only one who took issue with the young girls presentation, and one social media user responded that the teen's "sexualized pictures of her in Google are horrifying[.]"
"Thank you Pink for bringing attention to this, hopefully is a wake up call to people in Hollywood and regulations," one wrote, according to Page Six.
Another added, “My God. When I was 13 I was dancing to Backstreet Boys in my room and kissing my poster goodnight every single night. I grew up accordingly, not light years ahead of my time. Shame on the parents for allowing this. Anyone can be parents. Scary world!"