Young M.A. sparked concerns for her health on Tuesday (March 14) after she shared a video posted by her barber on Instagram Story. In response to the viral attention, M.A. and Fats Da Barber have issued statements about her recent appearance.
The clip shows M.A. nodding to background music as Fats gives a 360-view of her fresh line-up. It quickly spread across social platforms. Fans became concerned by the apparent bald spots among her locs and deep yellow eyes.
Some folks accused the barber of recording M.A. with ill intentions, others made jokes, and plenty more sent prayers and healing the rapper’s way.
I just feel like that barber never even had to post that video of Young MA , like you can clearly see she’s sick asf right now . Why not just give her that privacy and let her get a damn shape up in peace ?
— Melissa Louise🌻🐒💛🍂. (@GeezeLouise_) March 15, 2023
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Fans are worried about Young Ma’s health after a new video of her surfaces pic.twitter.com/v1zdNeoXPP
— SAY CHEESE! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) March 14, 2023
As mentioned, Young M.A. and Fats responded to the criticisms on their independent Instagram Story on Wednesday.
“Y’all got so much to say as if I’m trying to embarrass my dawg she reposted my video. If she didn’t want me to record she would have told me y’all don’t know our bond nor our friendship what y’all need to fo is just send her prayers for her and that’s that,” Fats Da Barber wrote.
M.A. and Fats didn’t explain why the rapper would need prayers. However, the barber continued his public response by revealing M.A. hadn’t received a haircut in over a month–a timeline she later corrected.
“…She wanted me to bring her haircut back to life and which I did!!!! Thank you sis for coming and rocking with me like always. Love ya,” Fats added.
Within an hour of Fats’ message, the rapper reposted it to her Instagram Story–encouraging the barber to ignore the criticisms.
“We blessed don’t let that get to you blooda [fingers crossed emoticon]…and I told you it’s was like 4 months [laughing emoticon},” the rapper wrote.
Twitter Reacts To Video Of Young M.A. After A Recent Haircut
Though she admitted to not receiving a cut in over four months, Fats posted a promotional clip of her on March 4. It’s also unclear when it was taken. However, in that video, the rapper’s eyes are not yellow, but it’s difficult to tell if there’s any hair loss.
As explained, the reactions to M.A.’s recent appearance sparked various reactions. Several folks called for privacy– pointing to the social commentary surrounding Chadwick Boseman’s weight loss in the weeks leading to his passing. However, we later learned that the weight drop resulted from his private battle with colon cancer.
Internet joking about Young MA the same way y’all joked about Chadwick when he was sick. You people really don’t learn.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) March 14, 2023
Whatever Young Ma has going on right now.. doesn’t require your judgement. Only your ✨prayers✨
The Black “Remember What Y’all Did to Chadwick” Community. pic.twitter.com/CwikDGDSZx
— raveen marie 🏾 (@xoraveen) March 15, 2023
No Young MA slander will be tolerated.. pray for her ! I don’t wanna hear shit else keep y’all broke ass opinions to yourself !!!! https://t.co/h5UlhXpzcf
— 🏳️🌈Nova 💫$tacks 💵✨💍 (@najee7789) March 14, 2023
Y’all are evil. Y’all said y’all weren’t going to do this after Chadwick passed away. Leave Young MA alone.
— Brittany♚ (@britshaniece) March 14, 2023
Some fans have made assumptions about the artist’s health, including claims of jaundice and drug use. But a large majority have called for folks to mind their business and allow the rapper to reveal her health status on her own time.
Young MA literally dying in front of our eyes. Slurred speech. Jaundice eye color from liver failure.
Really got to stay off drugs 🙏🏽 https://t.co/e11rr9sud6
— Clipp Brodie🏴☠️ (3-0)🆑 (@HonourTheGift) March 14, 2023
Young ma definitely looks different but damn can y’all let her come out and say what’s wrong before y’all diagnose her lol. I hope everything is okay.
— SH4Y🏳️🌈 (@shaydadraggerr) March 15, 2023
Fans Discuss Young M.A.’s Documented Battle With Depression And Alcohol Abuse
As fans try to decipher what’s going on, some have taken to M.A.’s past interviews, including sharing a clip of her 2018 talk with a therapist published by Viceland.
In the interview, she spoke about the loss of her brother, who was killed by a fellow gang member, and her music.
“I’m here to inspire and I know it and I get it now because the music is not just the music. It’s so deeper than that now and I’m learning that now. Before it was just something I loved, something I drink about, something I wanted to do,” the rapper said.
In June 2021, Young M.A. reportedly revealed she was checking herself into rehab for an unspecified addiction. At the time, she captioned a photo, “MAB I’ll be back…boutta lose this addiction…On my way! to rehab.”
In December 2022, a woman shared a video on social media of M.A. using a scooter in a grocery store. At the time, the video gained millions of views. In addition to recognizing her in the clip, fans matched the varsity jacket she wore in the grocery store to previous photographs of the rapper wearing the same coat.
What’s going on with Young Ma? pic.twitter.com/QTAum9yDHf
— Leigha (@Styles_byleigha) December 6, 2022