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She’s called the criticism “sad and hurtful”

Madison Beer has shut down accusations that shes copying Ariana Grande and has urged fans to stop pitting artists against each other.
In an Instagram Live, she responds to a fans question about being called a wannabe Ariana on social media: Ive openly supported and loved and been a fan of Ariana’s for years and years and years, Madison replies.
So, I think she would say and I would say that I think she makes things and does things to inspire. Thats what an artist is all about.”
She continues: I think its a little sad and hurtful when I see so many people really bullying and harassing me in a lot of ways, taking away the legitness of anything I do.”
Madison explains: I just dont think were to be compared. Were our own people. Shes definitely inspired me because shes one of my idols. I love her so much. It makes me sad when I see people pitting us against each other when its nothing but love.
I adore [Ariana] and think that shes a f***ing icon [but] Im my own person.
In an interview with Grazia Magazine, Madison previously opened up about dealing with the overwhelming pressure of fame. 
Theres definitely times I wish I didnt have such a big following; I wish I could go out without thinking, ‘oh am I going to get photographed?’ she said. I stopped really caring but its hard when you have a ton of people criticising you for just being human.
What do you make of Madison’s points?