In October last year, Taiwanese band F.I.R announced the addition of their newest member, 22-year-old lead singer Lydia, who would be their lead singer after Faye left the group.
However, the announcement was not well-received by fans of F.I.R, especially due to the fact that Faye’s departure from the group was less than cordial. While Faye is now on good terms with her former F.I.R band members, leader and keyboardist Ian Chen and guitarist Real Huang, the messy split caused fans to adopt a less-than-welcoming attitude towards Lydia.
Earlier this week, F.I.R released the music video for their latest title track, ‘In The Name Of You’, from their first album in six years. The music video describes how the main character manages to gather up her courage to overcome bullies.
In an interview, Lydia shared that just like the main character in the music video, she has been a victim of cyber bullying. Although she has taken a break from social media, she still hears accounts of the nasty comments about her online through her friends from time to time. She admitted that one of her friends was attacked by netizens after congratulating her for joining F.I.R and realising her dream as a singer.
At one point, Lydia even broke down in the recording studio, but she eventually picked herself up and told herself to do her very best in order to not let those who have supported her down.
Additionally, Ian and Real also addressed the comments describing them as “nothing more than the backing instruments (to the lead singer)" in the interview. As the duo has always been responsible for producing and writing most of F.I.R’s songs, they were understandably hurt by the comments.
“We're really hurt that they think this way. In the music industry, it’s not only the lead singers who should be deemed ‘worthy’. The band members that share the stage, those who write and produce the songs, and everyone else are equally important,” Ian shared.
“I’ve given my best works to F.I.R. All of F.I.R’s achievements are because of everyone’s collective efforts,” Real added.