On Saturday evening the Twittersphere was alight with allegations that Måneskin’s Damiano David had used drugs in the Eurovision 2021 green room. This was based on some rather scant “evidence”: a video showed the singer leaning down at his table during the voting segment. It was also informed, perhaps, by unfair stereotypes about people involved in rock music.
Well it’s time to turn down the drama and to turn up “Zitti e buoni.” The EBU has now confirmed that Damiano has passed his drug test with flying colours.
This is the official statement from the EBU:
“Following allegations of drug use in the Green Room of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday 22 May, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as requested by the Italian delegation, has conducted a thorough review of the facts, including checking all available footage. A drug test was also voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU.
No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed.
We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band.
We wish to congratulate Måneskin once again and wish them huge success. We look forward to working with our Italian member Rai on producing a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year.”
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On Sunday Damiano 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.”
He added: “[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.”
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.”