Måneskin’s lead singer Damiano David has hit back at rumours alleging he was seen using drugs in the Eurovision Green Room. At the Eurovision winner’s press conference, the frontman firmly told media, “I don’t use drugs.”
The rumour had started on social media, where a clip was published showing Damiano bending over, with his head near the Green Room table.
On closer look, it is clear that Damiano’s hands were held at his sides, clenched in fists — an unlikely pose for someone about to snort drugs, but understandable for a competing artist physically reacting to the tension of the Eurovision grand final points reveal.
As well, it seems almost incomprehensible to think that someone would use drugs in the middle of a televised event, surrounded by television cameras and watched by millions of viewers.
Damiano responds to press conference question
At the Eurovision winner’s press conference, Swedish journalist Tobbe Ek of Aftonbladet newspaper questioned Damiano about the situation. The frontman explained what had been happening during the scene captured in the Green Room:
He said, “[Måneskin guitarist] Thomas broke a glass. I don’t use drugs, please guys. Please don’t say that.” His comments were met with applause, and he went on to add, “Please don’t say that. But really, no cocaine. Don’t say that.”
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Fans of the Italian group repeated that Damiano had previously taken stances against drugs in general. They also said that they would be surprised to see the singer using drugs, if he wanted to, on live television.
The group also posted on their Instagram stories, again refuting the claim and emphasising their anti-drugs stance:
“We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiamo doing drugs. We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine. We are ready to get [tested], cause we have nothing to hide. We are here to play our music and we are so happy about our Eurovision win and we wanna thank everyone for supporting us. Rock’n Roll never dies. We love you.”
But Måneskin haven’t let the allegation stop them from celebrating their Eurovision victory. They have been seen on social media enjoying champaign, having a victory game of table tennis and singing “El Diablo” into the crystal microphone.