‘I wish I never posted it, it got so misconstrued’: Jess Glynne admits she regrets accusing Sexy Fish of ‘discrimination’ by flouting dress code
Jess Glynne has admitted she regrets accusing swanky restaurant Sexy Fish of ‘discrimination’ on social media over the summer.
The singer, 30, suffered backlash for being ‘privileged and entitled’ when she hit out at the upmarket Mayfair eatery for refusing her entry as she wore a tracksuit, despite its smart casual dress code policy.
In a new interview, the Rather Be hitmaker insisted she uploaded the post in a bid to stress that people should never be ‘disregarded’ over their appearance.
‘I wish I never posted it’: Jess Glynne has admitted she regrets accusing swanky restaurant Sexy Fish of ‘discrimination’ on social media over the summer (pictured)
The musician told Telegraph Luxury magazine: ‘I wish I never posted it. I think it got so misconstrued. I called it discrimination which was the wrong word and it’s a very sensitive time at the moment. I know discrimination is a lot bigger than that.
‘I appreciate I wasn’t dressed appropriately, but the reason I posted my outfit was that I was aware of what I looked like in a tracksuit and I felt as if I was treated accordingly. My point was that as a human being, you shouldn’t be disregarded.’
In her original post, the Hold My Hand songstress had blasted Sexy Fish for its ‘rude’ attitude when staff refused her entry, despite the restaurant being ’empty’.
Awkward: The singer, 30, suffered backlash when she hit out at the upmarket Mayfair eatery for refusing her entry as she wore a tracksuit, despite its smart casual dress code policy
Reaction: Social media users branded her ‘privileged and entitled’ for her comments
Jess wrote, alongside an image of herself in sportswear: ‘Dear @sexyfishlondon I turned up to your restaurant looking like this and you looked me and my friend up and down and said no you can’t come in and your restaurant was EMPTY.
‘I then went to @amazonicolondon who greeted me and my friend with pure joy and we had a banging meal with wicked service.
‘@sexyfishlondon please check yourself if this is how you treat people cause it’s rude, off putting, embarrassing and most definitely not inviting.
Values: In a new interview, the Rather Be hitmaker insisted she uploaded the post in a bid to stress that people should never be ‘disregarded’ over their appearance (pictured in 2019)
‘We were made to wait and 2 members of staff came to look at us and make a decision based on our appearance. I think the attitude of your staff needs to change as that was just simply RUDE. Thanks and bye (sic).’
Asian restaurant Sexy Fish, where steaks cost up to £105, clearly lists on its website: ‘We request that guests do not wear sportswear, beachwear. ripped jeans, flip flops, sliders or workout trainers (smarter, fashion trainers may be permitted)’.
After being met with criticism for her original post, the songwriter backtracked for her use of the ‘wrong word’ yet defiantly maintained that the staff were rude and insisted she was merely aiming to help the establishment ‘better itself’.
The award-winning singer said: ‘I feel I need to come on here and pull up on what I posted yesterday, I used the wrong word, discrimination, it wasn’t the right word, it was wrong but I wanna highlight the reason I posted what I did.
‘Basically all I wanted to say is it was very rude and disrespectful the way the Sexy Fish staff were towards me and my friend yesterday and I don’t believe anybody should be spoken to like that and that’s what I wanted to highlight.
‘I’m so understanding of dress code and etiquette and I 100% understand – listen I have been turned away from numerous places in my life, that’s not a thing, that doesn’t bother me…
‘What I was trying to highlight was for them so they can better themselves, there’s ways of dealing with human beings and being respectful and having manners. Anyway let me know when it’s safe to come back out.’
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