Bella Hadid, one of the models responsible for promoting the Fyre Festival online, apologized for the failed event.
“Even though this was not my project what so ever, nor was I informed about the production or process of the festival in any shape or form, I do know that it has always been out of great intent and they truly wanted all of us to have the time of our lives,” Hadid wrote on Twitter.
“I initially trusted this would be an amazing & memorable experience for all of us, which is why I agreed to do one promotion…not knowing about the disaster that was to come…I feel so sorry and badly because this is something I couldn’t stand by, although of course if I would have known about the outcome, you would have all known too.”
The so-called luxury festival, hosted by rapper Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, was supposed to be a two-weekend long music event in the Bahamas; tickets ran about $12,000 and scheduled performers included Blink-182, Desiigner, Pusha T and Tyga.
Instead, the millennials promised an Instagram-perfect festival arrived to a canceled festival, a tent city and meals well below expectations.
In an official statement, the Fyre Festival said the hosts “weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get.”
“The team was overwhelmed. The airport was jam packed. The buses couldn’t handle the load. And the wind from rough weather took down half of the tents on the morning our guests were scheduled to arrive. This is an unacceptable guest experience and the Fyre team takes full responsibility for the issues that occurred,” the group said.
“Everyone was very concerned for our guests. They needed a place to sleep and everyone did their absolute best to rebuild. We took everyone to the beach and built as many tents and beds as fast as possible, but as more guests arrived, we were simply in over our heads. Ultimately, we didn’t think security could keep up, so we had to postpone the festival. The response to the postponement was immediate and intense. We had no other options, so we began the process of getting guests quickly and safely back to Miami, which continued through the weekend. Our top priority as a company is to ensure the comfort and safe return home of all of our guests.”
All attendees were promised full refunds and the organizers promised a “considerable donation” to the Bahamas Red Cross Society.
Ja Rule issued a personal apology, but deflected blame.
“I’m heartbroken at this moment. My partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded… I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this.”
Kendall Jenner, who also promoted the event along with Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski, Elsa Hosk and Rose Bertram, hasn’t commented on the disaster but did post a topless Instagram photo in thigh-high boots.
Source: Ny Daily News