British Singer Alex Clare Describes ‘Awkward Moments’ Telling Female Fans His Orthodoxy Prevents Physical Contact
An Orthodox British musician said Thursday that meeting female fans can be “really awkward,” as his religious observance prevents him from shaking their hands or having his arm around them for photos.
Alex Clare, who now lives in Jerusalem, told the UK’s Independent that he struggles to explain that his adherence to Jewish law only permits him to touch his wife, mother or daughter. The “Too Close” singer said, however, that most people respect his personal boundaries.
“I keep a respectable distance and hope they get the same vibe, but sometimes people get offended,” he said. At a recent meet-and-greet in Arizona, “one lady got so upset with me, called me a misogynist, which I’m definitely not,” Clare added.
Clare’s new album, “Tail of Lions,” is being released on Friday, November 11.