Norwegian singer Sophie Elise has said that she has received death threats for her latest music video because it shows her romancing a black man.
"There's been so much hate; it's the most brutal thing I've seen in my life. The video was supposed to be about love. It just shows that it's 2017 but we haven't gone very far," Elise said, adding that she's afraid to leave home.
The 22-year-old, who lives in Oslo, said that she had thought that the song's lyrics might provoke a reaction but she never imagined that the presence of a black man playing her love interest would be such an issue, the BBC Newsbeat reported.
She added that her song All Your Friends – which has more than 250,000 views – was about a girl sleeping with her ex-boyfriend's friends, as an act of revenge.
"I always write from experience and it's based on an actual relationship but the bit about what I'd do to his friends isn't true. It's more about wanting to take revenge on someone who's hurt you," the pop star said.
Although the nasty comments have been deleted from the YouTube post, she was more concerned about her parents.
"I actually didn't want to remove the comments because I wanted people to see that this type of thing still goes on. I've been a public figure in Norway for about six years so I am used to getting a lot of hate," Elise, who was recently signed by the Universal Music Group, said.
But she added, "I'm really sad for my parents because they are worried about me and I don't want them to see things like this."
The young talent said that she believes the only way to deal with this kind of hate is to keep doing what you believe in.
"The best thing I can do is just keep making music and beautiful videos and keep sticking-up for what I believe in," she said.