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Bebe Rexha Posted A Pic Of Her Face After She Was Hit With A Phone On Stage

Pop star Bebe Rexha was performing a concert in New York City on Sunday, June 18, when she was struck by a cell phone thrown by one of her fans in the audience. The 33-year-old was immediately rushed offstage and to the hospital to receive medical attention for the injuries she sustained. 

The perpetrator was soon identified as 27-year-old Nicolas Malvagna, who was immediately taken into custody and charged with assault. When asked why he threw his phone onstage, the New York Post reports that Malvagna responded, “I was trying to see if I could hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny.” 

Rexha was wrapping up her show when the phone hit her face. According to the New York Post, she received stitches to close an open cut above her left eye. The incident left her bruised and with a black eye.

On Monday, June 19, Rexha addressed the incident for the first time by posting on social media. She shared a photo on Instagram of her bandaged left eye while holding a thumbs up. The singer captioned the photo “Im good,” a reference to her hit song “I’m Good (Blue).” She was in good spirits about her injury on TikTok as well, posting a video of herself singing “I’m good, yeah I’m feeling alright” from the same song. 

Rexha’s lighthearted attitude after the assault was refreshing for fans to see, but there were still many concerns after the singer collapsed on stage from being struck. Fans took to social media to express concern and sympathy for Rexha, while also expressing anger at the perpetrator. One fan tweeted, “Absolutely great show ruined by a fan throwing their phone at @BebeRexha hopefully she is okay after that,” along with a video of the assault. Rexha received hundreds of other tweets and comments from fans and well-wishers after the incident.

Malvagna was arraigned on June 19 and remains in police custody. According to the New York Post, he is facing charges of assault, aggravated harassment, attempted assault, and harassment. Rexha is still on tour and is expected to continue with her shows as scheduled.

Jordyn Stapleton has been a National Lifestyle Writer for Her Campus since February 2023. She covers a variety of topics in her articles, but is most passionate about writing about mental health and social justice issues. Jordyn graduated from CU Boulder in December 2022 with Bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology with a minor in gender studies and a certificate in public health. Jordyn was involved in Her Campus during college, serving as an Editorial Assistant and later Editor-in-Chief for the CU Boulder chapter. She has also worked as a freelance stringer for the Associated Press. Jordyn is currently taking a gap year and working at a local business in Boulder, with hopes of attending graduate school in fall 2024. Jordyn enjoys reading, bullet journalling, and listening to (preferably Taylor Swift) music in her free time. If she isn’t brainstorming her next article, you can usually find her exploring coffee shops or hiking trails around Boulder with her friends.