Dev Hynes is set to donate all money raised on his behalf by fans to charity.
It's been a tough week for Dev Hynes. The songwriter's New York apartment burned down, destroying his possessions and tragically killing his pet puppy Cupid.
Unbeknownst to the Blood Orange artist, the mother of Dev Hynes' girlfriend set up a crowd funding site for fans to help deal with the situation.
Raising more than $20,000 in 48 hours, the phenomenal success seemingly placed Dev Hynes in a predicament. Penning a blog to fans, the songwriter emphasised that he did not set up the appeal and stated his intentions to donate the funds to charity.
"If I am honest, the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn’t me saying I don’t need the money, to reiterate, i have lost everything. But maybe it’s time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows y’know? There are things i can do, although it will take years, that can help myself rebuild, a huge part of me is still struggling with understanding the events of two nights ago, and where to take my life from here".
"This isn’t me being unappreciative. Tears stream down my face when Samantha shows me the nice messages people have written. It’s overwhelming in the most extremely nicest way that people would care about this But as I stated before, so many people have nothing they can do to rebuild their life from scratch".
"I want to give all the money to charity, 3 charities to be precise which I will explain further at a future point, that’s how I feel, i’m being spoken to by people who are close and understand my situation and are trying to advise me. As I probably am still in shock, and may not have a choice but to accept some of the money, and then think about charities, I don’t know… I don’t know where my head is at right now…"
In a further twist, The Guardian published an online 'think piece' looking at the culture which surrounds crowd funding. The tone and timing of the piece was widely criticised, and sparked a furious dismissal by Dev Hynes who has vowed never to work with the British broadsheet again.
"This is disgusting. I'm so hurt. I want to go on the record and say i will never talk to the guardian ever again, i want nothing i ever make to be on their website, or in their magazine. Please pull the interview i did recently. I don't want it to come out."