While appearing on The Project to promote her new album, Delta Goodrem was hit with a question to which she didn’t quite know how to respond.
Goodrem was appearing on the show via video link from Sydney and was happily discussing her upcoming album and book when she was asked a question about sexual assault in the music industry.
“Earlier this week we ran a story on the sheer volume of women in the music industry who have experienced sexual assault or harassment, and the figure was as high as, I think, 96 per cent of women,” panellist Kate Langbroek said.
“Did that figure shock you?”
Goodrem responded with a short and sharp answer, saying: “Listen, nobody deserves to feel unsafe in the workplace and my heart completely breaks to hear that figure.”
“But does it surprise you?” Langbroek pressed again.
After being asked a second time, Goodrem appeared flustered and struggled to form a response, repeating the question back four times.
“Does it surprise me? Ahh… does it surprise me?
“Um listen, I only know…,” she began before trailing off again.
“Does it surprise me? Does it surprise me?”
After thinking through her response, the singer said that she was in fact surprised by the statistic.
“I am shocked by that number, it's completely surprising and my heart is.. you know, it really hurts my heart to hear that,” she said.
“And I continue to support and be there for the community and my girls and it’s definitely very troubling.”
The interview quickly became a talking point on Twitter, with the segment seemingly distracting viewers from Goodrem’s album release.
Some viewers slammed The Project, with one person calling the question “irresponsible”, and others saying Goodrem was put on the spot.
While others thought Goodrem missed the opportunity to talk about and raise awareness of an important issue.
Others, however, just found the exchange “weird” and “awkward”.
The segment was posted to The Project's Twitter account after the show aired, however it was removed within a matter of minutes.
Delta Goodrem’s seventh studio album, Bridge over Troubled Dreams, comes out on Friday.
Alongside her album, Goodrem has released a book of the same title, which talks about the meanings behind the songs on her new album and also charts her two-year struggle to speak again after battling cancer.
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