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Fan has forgettable moment with Hedley lead singer

Jacob Hoggard, lead singer of Hedley, comes off as one of those optimistic people who believes in the power of positive energy.

But don’t be fooled.

One fan named Kayla Andrews found out the hard way that Hoggard can be quite the opposite. 

Hoggard, you may recall, was a contestant during the 2004 season of CTV’s Canadian Idol. He made it into the top three before being eliminated. However, rather than slip into obscurity as so many Canadian Idol contestants do, Hoggard broke out big on the national stage with his band, Hedley. 

The band played Mile One Stadium on Friday, May 25. Kayla Andrews was in the audience, and enjoyed the show tremendously.

“I had a fantastic time at the concert,” she wrote, in an email interview. “Hedley was unbelievable! Everyone knew how to bring excitement to the crowd. Also, I've been a Jacob Hoggard fan since he first appeared on Canadian Idol and a big fan of Hedley ever since they released their first single.”

Later that night, Kayla ran into two band members – Dave Rosin and Tommy Mac – at the Sundance.

“They were really nice to me and my friend. They chatted and took pictures with us.”

And you can imagine Kayla’s excitement when she spotted Jacob Hoggard in the crowd.

“It was around 1:30 a.m. when my friend and I decided it was time to leave. As we were heading out the door, my friend spotted Jacob. I was very excited that I was finally going to meet him after all these years being a big fan. I had to tap him on the shoulder several times before he turned around and shouted, ‘Hey! Look, it's a midget!’ Then he laughed at the guy next to him and his turned his back to me while I was still holding up my camera.”

Kayla was speechless. 

“In that moment it felt like time had stopped. I couldn't believe what came out of his mouth. All I could think about was, ‘How am I going to listen to his music again without this memory reappearing?’ I was not only insulted but embarrassed because the club was full of people that definitely heard him.”

Hoggard’s comment was doubly rude because Kayla stands 4 foot 7 inches, and is indeed a short-statured person. “I was born premature with renal failure and at age four I received a kidney transplant. Therefore, my illness decreased my capability to grow taller. Regardless of my condition, nobody should be insulted the way I was insulted Friday night.”

The experience has tainted Kayla’s opinion of her former idol.

“I've come to realize that Jacob Hoggard is not the man he portrays himself to be when the spotlight is on him. All I wanted to do was be a fan and congratulate him for putting off a fantastic performance and possibly get a picture taken with him, not an insult. If you have nothing nice to say to your fans after your concert, then you should stay in your hotel room. Otherwise you'll be hurting your fans as well as your career.”

What’s your view? Has a bit of fame gone to Hoggard’s head? Did you have any encounters, good or bad, with Hedley while they were in town? If so, please leave a comment below.  

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  • Bob M
    May 21, 2013 - 13:21

    Always thought Jacob was a dynamic performer and am a fan of him, as a performer - but I've heard stories of him being obnoxious for years. A couple of friends have even encountered it personally. One was at a performance by the Idols and afterwards they passed by the fans. Jake was drinking from a bottle of water, and he took a mouthful and sprayed it out at some fans at close range, and hit my friend in the face with his spit-out water. Of course a lot of people think it's "rockstar" to be antisocial, but I think it's just weird. It's sad when people think this stuff, and calling someone insulting, hurtful names, is being "fun-loving" and "funny." It's funny if you think rudeness and bullying is funny, I guess. Whenever someone else is the victim of your humor it's not good humor. It's meanness. I don't know why people are surprised this guy is obnoxious. I guess they haven't seen some of his interviews. Guess they didn't see him baring his ass in public or swearing all the time. People who behave in antisocial ways - why is it a surprise they would be rude? My advice is to enjoy Jacob's performances but realize he's probably not a great guy, and don't make excuses for him, it's wrong.

  • T
    January 05, 2013 - 08:34

    I too met him after a bar gig after Canadian idol just as they were getting started and yes he was quite rude. I Loved hedley and thought he had an amazing talent but his people skills were way beyond what they should be especially for just starting out. Sad to hear it was not just an isolated incident.

  • blah
    August 11, 2012 - 00:21

    okay seriously if any random person had called her a midget she wouldn't run to the press, yes it would sting a little but it's not something that doesn't happen. so jake made a mistake all people do, he even apologized and offered to fly her out to one of his concerts so he could apologize in person. honestly, i understand that it would hurt especially since she had trouble at birth and stuff like that, but going to the press was unnessary and a little rude on her part. if i were her and i was that hurt by his comment i wouldn't have left, i would have told him how rude he was being. jacob hoggrd is an amazing person and nothing could ever make me waver on my opinion of him.

  • a name
    July 17, 2012 - 20:32

    okay guys: 1. he was probably drunk 2. I don't know from experiance but fans can probably be pretty annoying at times, especially at 1:30 in the morning. 3. we are hearing this by way of someone who heard it from Kayla, she could have changed the story ever so slightly or the media could have changed it 4. It was 1 insult! if everyone were to run to the media every time someone said something to you, no matter how offensive it was then we'd have some crappy media. They're celebrities, not gods, they make mistakes.

  • Amy
    June 18, 2012 - 21:32

    I totally agree that Jake is the biggest douchebag in the world. Kayla’s experience with Jake doesn’t surprise me at all. I even started watching Canadian Idol just because of Jacob Hoggard (and I hated that show!) I’ve seen them five times and once in -30 degree weather. Hedley has some great music but Jake is such a hypocritical and mean person (and extremely fake) that he’s totally ruined the band for me. I’ve met him twice and both times he was incredibly rude. I’ve met Tommy and Dave three times and they are incredibly nice and funny. They talk to you like it’s no big deal and as if you haven’t spent houuurs listening to their band! Never will I go to another concert and never will their music mean as much to me as it did.

  • Brittany
    June 04, 2012 - 00:29

    Is the telegram going to be there every time someone's a tool on George? I know it must be hard to live with a disability but running to the media because someone (who seems to be quite the douche as it is) was drunk and made fun of you. This stuff happens all the time, this time it was some guy in a band. Drunk people say rude stuff all the time and if you don't like it don't go to places where drunks gather and when they do get rude by all means get over it.

  • Krysten Webb
    June 02, 2012 - 13:56

    Ive been a hedley fan for years and the things jake has helped me with and through on a personal level is unexplainable. He is a complete sweetheart. Not to say he's perfect because he certainly isn't. But all of you idiots saying way worse things about him then he said about this girl need to stop and think for a minute. Have you never said something stupid while out drunk at a bar? I'm not saying what happened was right, I'm just saying he doesnt deserve the bullshit you people are saying just as much she didn't deserve to be called a name. As a fan, and friend of Jake, I know who he is as a person and I know how much he appreciates his fans.

  • Nicole
    June 01, 2012 - 17:30

    Now, if this is true, I am not going to sit here and say what he said and did was right, because it wasn’t. However, I am extremely frustrated with the reaction from the public and it’s swiftness in passing judgment. Firs thought, if Kayla (the fan) reads this, I want her to know that my heart goes out to her and I don’t blame her for being upset by the incident. Living with a rather severe physical disability, I know very well how hurtful it is when someone purposely taunts you about your condition. With that said, I feel that this particular scenario is a misunderstanding of a fun-natured joke. Nonetheless, it was an upsetting experience, and for that Kayla, I’m sorry. No, I am not frustrated with Kayla, I’m annoyed with the people who don’t know anything about the band for jumping to conclusions and blowing this out of proportion. I feel compelled to share my perspective on the situation, take from it what you will. First of all, for those who don’t know, it was my Sunshine Dream to meet the band. To my pleasant surprise, they agreed almost instantaneously and in less than two months, my dream came true! They went well over and beyond what was expected, inviting me backstage to hang out and staying connected with me to this day. I now view Chris, Tommy, Jake, and Dave as my friends, some closer than others, and feel I have a good sense of who they are as people. Jake is a genuine guy who will tell you exactly what is on his mind, no matter who you are. So yes, he may have called Kayla a midget, and sure, he said he was going to roll me down a giant hill, but he is not usually serious. I think this is his way of promoting equality, honestly. It is as if he is saying “Yeah, you have a disability, but I’m gonna treat you like I would anyone else.” This ideology is present in each band member; it is just presented in different ways. I appreciate and respect this quality and hope others can see this point of view. When you’re used treated like fragile glass, it’s nice to be roughed up once in a while. Again, I’m not saying this okay; I just think it was not meant to be malicious. Now, here are some of my issues with the criticisms I’ve heard. The word “midget” is offensive. True… sometimes. Many people use this term to talk about short people, and some even use it to refer to themselves. It all depends on what the individual deems offensive. Kayla is likely uncomfortable with the word, whereas my friend prefers it the term “little person.” So no, we should not call people names, but we also should not decide what is offensive for other people. Jake offended Kayla specifically, it doesn’t mean someone else would have had the same reaction. In addition, I find his actions (ignoring her) were worse than his words, if anything. Hedley fans are not important to the band. Very wrong. These guys value their fans highly. They meet and connect with as many people as possible and give it their all during concerts. In addition, the actions in question belonged to Jake, not the band. Kayla even said band mates, Dave and Tommy, were great to her. So let’s not over generalize. I know from experience that all members do what they can to support and thank their fans. Heck, they even sent a security guard after me at a show to make sure I was okay. That’s dedication! Jacob’s apology is fake/a publicity stunt. Doubtful. Joke wrote, “Our fans are our number one priority. The reason we're where we are today. This is why it saddens me to hear a comment I may have made in St. John's was hurtful to one of you, and for that I am sorry. Those who know us, know that we always try to go above and beyond for our wonderful fans and it was never my intention to alienate or offend anyone. If someone knows how we can reach Kayla, please let us know. We would like to fly her and a guest to one of our Canadian festival dates this summer, and apologize to her personally. Sincerely, Jacob.” This seems sincere to me, so I’m not sure what more people want him to say or do. I hope you can accept it Kayla, I don’t think you’d regret it! Jacob is actually a mean person: I disagree with this. Jake is great guy and this is evident in his lyrics, blogs, interviews, and most meet and greets. He is also a person who makes mistakes, this incident being one of them. He is trying to right his wrong and that is all we can ask of anyone. In short, Dave, Chris, Jake, and Tommy are amazing people who do silly things like us all. They may be famous, but no one is 100% perfect. Thanks for everything

  • Erin
    June 01, 2012 - 14:39

    I think that she should really just suck it up. Although it was rude for him to say, apparently he was drunk and probably said it in a lot more of a joking manner than she realized. I think it's ridiculous that she would talk to the media about this and that she somehow conned Jacob into having to release a public apology and offer her and a friend a free flight and tickets to another concert! That is insane!! I have met Jacob before and he was extremely nice!! He gave me an autograph and even a hug! And it was a great hug! I wouldn't judge him just on this one time.. I really think she was over-exaggerating and hoping to get some publicity from this. Shame on her.

    • HockeyFanNL
      June 01, 2012 - 19:17

      Why shouldn't she have went to the media? So fans like you with blinders on won't know the ttruth? I have heard far too many stories about this fella to believe otherwise. Take a hike on over to their Facebook page because something happened in Halifax too the next couple of nights after. Didn't their record label Universal already drop them?

    • Julia
      August 16, 2013 - 19:28

      I agree with you ERIN. Jacob is the sexiest man on the planet! Who gives a shit about one or two mess-ups?!?!?!?

  • Amber
    June 01, 2012 - 13:35

    First of all, it was not his 'off time'. He had just finished playing a show there, so he knew there would be fans wanting to meet him. Second, him being a 'celebrity' does not excuse him from being ignorant. Neither does being drunk for that matter. I do however agree that, for the most part, he is good with his fans. He's always been nice when I've talked with him. Coming from someone who has 'midget' aunt and uncles, I'm disgusted with what he said. It was rude and ignorant. I don't care if he was drunk to the point of not being able to stand up. When I'm drunk, I don't go around calling people names. And him offering to fly her out and apologize has nothing to do with him being a class act. It has to do with damage control. He's doing it to please the media.

  • Amber
    June 01, 2012 - 13:27

    I've been a huge Hedley fan for years. They lived a town over from me, so I saw all the home shows, and I've met Jacob countless times- He was always nice to me. That being said, I'm disgusted with this. I don't care if he's flying her out to meet him so he can apologize, there is absolutely no need to say something like he did in the first place. Especially to a kid! And lets be honest here, the only reason he's flying her to see him is because it will look good with the media. And as for those of you saying that her persistently tapping his shoulder trying to get his attention, so it would be understandable that he was annoyed with her- Get a grip. Jacob is in the spotlight, there are people that do far more annoying things that this girl to get his attention. If he didn't want people tapping his shoulder to get his attention in clubs, he should have picked a more suitable career. There is absolutely NO excuse for what he said.

  • bro
    June 01, 2012 - 10:41

    he could of called her something alot worse. And he is flying hgher and a friend to a show to apoligize in person.

  • GRRR
    June 01, 2012 - 10:31

    if you arent a fan of the band then dont comment. of course you are going to get all defensive of Kayla because you dont like the band.

  • sherry
    June 01, 2012 - 10:19

    if I was kayla i would nicely tell jacob that there is no need for him to butter me up with a trip to see him again if he was joking when he said it.... he wouldn't have turned his back on her after he said it he would have talked to her she is a fan and fans are what keeps them going and if he treated her like that and turned his back on her.... then he is just another one of the rich and famous that doesn't care about the fans as long as the fans keep buying cds and going to their concerts they are happy and don't care for anyone they hurt

  • Lesleigh
    June 01, 2012 - 07:00

    Perhaps he needs a reminder that the reason he is where he is, is because of people like Kayla. Talented people are everywhere and he can certainly be replaced with someone who might have more brains than insulting his fans. I feel bad for Kayla that an idol of hers would dare treat her -or any fan, like trash.

  • Russo rules
    June 01, 2012 - 06:55

    What an idiot. He definitely forgot where came from. I would not accept no apology. Too late Jacob. This will stick in this young girls mind forever. You obviously have no respect for women. Idiot.

  • tori
    June 01, 2012 - 00:00

    in 2010 my friends and I were at a Hedley concert in Deer Lake Park, Vancouver. we scored backstage passes from this random group of people, and we're soooo excited. we get to the after party and there's on like 40 people there, and of course jake was one of them. we approached him when he wasn't busy, and asked for a picture. he responded by telling us to fuck off. we laughed it off, and did get a picture, but I think about that all the time, and it definaltey changed my view on him. all the other boys are sweeties tho

  • SIO
    May 31, 2012 - 23:53

    I would just like to say that no one on here, including myself, knows what it is like to be a celebrity and to have people invading your personal space constantly. This article has clearly underplayed the part where this Kayla girl says "I had to tap him on the shoulder several times before he turned around". For all we know she was batting at his shoulder and he may have been in the middle of a conversation with someone, just wanting to enjoy some 'off time' to himself. There was also alcohol involved and no one is completely themselves when they're intoxicated. Jacob is a role model to many and I do not agree with his choice of words, but the things people are saying about him on here are ridiculous. He is a fantastic person who works hard to give back and he is fantastic with his fans... she clearly hit a nerve by repeatedly tapping him during his off time and he reacted poorly. His public apology and offering to fly her out to apologize in person shows that he is a class act.

  • HedleyFanForever
    May 31, 2012 - 20:15

    Wow, I am absolutely disgusted to here how this story has been taken so seriously. I have been a fan of this band since they played their first show together and it saddens me to know that they are being treated this way when they are BY FAR the most down to earth band I have ever met. I have met hundreds of bands, ones even more successful then Hedley but I have yet to meet a band who has 4 of the most down to earth, sweet, funny and crazy outgoing members. I have seen this band more then 40 times in concert and have had the privilege to get to know these guys on a personal level and I know based on Jacob's personality that he in know way meant to offend anyone by the comment he made. They go out of their way to personally thank every person they possibly can for supporting them in the slightest way by thousands of meet and greets they have done and even fought with their label to allow them to continue to go on. If you don't see that as appreciative towards their fans then i don't know what is. As I said before I have seen many bands live and have had the privilege of meeting many as well and i still have yet to meet one who appreciates their fans as much as Hedley does. If you have seen a Hedley live you know the heart, soul and energy these guys put into their show so I don't blame Jake for being a little tired at 1:30am, especially when they've been going across the country in a week to play their shows. I know this is what they signed up for but give them a brake! I know every single person on here has had days where they are just too tired to put on a happy face whether your in the spotlight or not. I generally stay quite when it comes to commenting on certain stories about bands but I was just so mad when I saw the heat they are taking from some people about a silly comment that Jake made that I am POSITIVE was not intentionally said to hurt someones feelings. He didn't know this girl personally so how was he suppose to know that something like that would offend her? If he made a comment like that to me I would have made fun of how short he is back since he is a shorty himself! Clearly this girl is not as big a fan as she claims to be because if she was she would have known how to take this comment from Jacob and know that he was messing around like the other 99% of his time. The fact that this has gotten so much attention is an absolute joke and I hope Jacob and the other boys aren't taking this to hard. Love you guys, and don't worry, your real fans know how much you appreciate us and how down to earth you guys are!

  • Rhonda
    May 31, 2012 - 17:30

    REALLY!!!!! Get over it already, If I had to cry to a newspaper everytime I got called big foot, green giant, or eclipse they would have a restraining order against me...haha

  • crystal
    May 31, 2012 - 16:35

    It was rude indeed! Such a sin,but its good that he apologized. And wants to do it in person. But, this shouldn't of happend!

  • alex jackson
    May 31, 2012 - 16:32

    i've personally seen hedley 27 times live since 2005. i've met them more than 27 times and can say that they have never ever given me a reason to dislike any of them. they are the most fan-based band i know. and from experiences with jacob he was most-likely just trying to joke around with her and she took it a little too far to go to media.

  • Rae Rae
    May 31, 2012 - 15:34

    How is this even news? Seriously? I'm 6'1" and get called a giant, and to me Jake is a shorty. (Sorry, was THAT offensive, too?!) Good thing I'm not a celebrity, or Meeker would've told the world!

  • Tessa
    May 31, 2012 - 15:34

    I've met Jacob twice, and he's one of the nicest people I've ever met. I asked him for a hugged, and he sounded shocked at the fact that I had to ask, he yelled with excitment " well of course you can!". His fans understand that he makes jokes. I was at a festival, an he was driving around in a golf cart, flipping off a few fans. He doesn't do it because he hates you, it's because he's joking around with you. And in my opinion it makes you feel closer to him, rather than just a "hi"

  • annoyed anita
    May 31, 2012 - 15:30

    you're all crazy

  • Dee
    May 31, 2012 - 15:10

    I think that people tend to put celebrities on a pedestal, and turn them into the perfect people we want them to be in our minds. The fact is, any of Hedley's fans have seen the videos of them doing dumb stuff. Try This At Home is a perfect example. Many of the things shown and said in that movie could have been taken offensively by any number of people. Like the shot of Jacob mocking the obese lady sleeping. The truth is EVERYONE does and says hurtful or offensive things sometimes. Just because someone is a celebrity doesn't mean someone isn't human. And Jacob has never tried to portray himself as a perfect individual. He has made it publicly obvious that he has a sense of humour that some will find offensive. I do think that its appropriate of him to apologize, but I also think we need to stop over analizing the situation. We shouldn't expect any more from him then we would expect from anyone else.

  • Ti
    May 31, 2012 - 15:09

    I love Hedley. They have been my favorite band since they release their first single and I have idolized Jacob since his performances on Canadian Idol. When I got tickets for their show in Ottawa with the VIP package, I was thrilled. I couldn't contain my excitement. When the day finally came that my best friend and I were going to the concert and meet the boys of Hedley, we couldn't stop smiling. We went in to meet them...Chris, Tom and Dave we so unbelievably nice and kind and seemed so excited to meet my best friend and I. They even signed and extra item for us (our t-shirts)because they loved them so much. When I finally got to the point in the line that I got to meet my idol, Jacob Hoggard, we took a picture and I made a joke about staying up there longer to get a hug, and he said "Yeah, whatever...you can do whatever you want, but I'll be over here meeting my other fans". I paid 300 dollars to meet them...him specifically and he couldn't even be polite to a fan. I will never spend that kind of money again because my dreams of Jacob being this sweet guy who loves all of his fan equally was ruined. I still love the music they make, but I have lost respect for Jacob Hoggard as a man as well as an artist.

  • hidden
    May 31, 2012 - 14:57

    Jacob is looking for this girl through Facebook. He wishes to apologize to her for the comment in person.

  • Anonymous.
    May 31, 2012 - 14:24

    At the Vancouver show. My friends stayed at the arena until 2 in the morning and they waited Then he came out and ran to his car And then sped off so he wouldn't have to talk to us. He then proceeded to get in an accident.

  • Andrea
    May 31, 2012 - 14:19

    Wow...I am surprised by how many people are defending him, and justifying what he did by saying that we are all human, and that he is trying to reach out to her. LAME. We can't justify all we do wrong by saying oh well we're human. Take some freaking responsibility. What he did was so rude and uncalled for. I would never say that to somebody.NEVER. He's just trying to save his image... Kayla does deserve an apology,and if she forgives him that shows that she is the better person. Doesn't change the fact that he was super rude, and that was totally uncalled for.

  • Marylou Girard-Bouchard
    May 31, 2012 - 14:05

    He obviously didn't expect a fan in a BAR. His comment wasn't okay, I admit. But it was 1:30 am, he probably had few drinks and didn't think Kayla was a fan who wanted to congratulate him. He's not perfect. Sometimes these things happen, even if it's rude. Jacob regrets what he said, he made a Facebook update on the Hedley account. Anyways...

  • Shirley Noel
    May 31, 2012 - 14:01

    Here is what I found on Hedley's Facebook page : «Our fans are our number one priority. The reason we're where we are today. This is why it saddens me to hear a comment I may have made in St. John's was hurtful to one of you, and for that I am sorry. Those who know us, know that we always try to go above and beyond for our wonderful fans and it was never my intention to alienate or offend anyone. If someone knows how we can reach Kayla, please let us know. We would like to fly her and a guest to one of our Canadian festival dates this summer, and apologize to her personally. Sincerely, Jacob» So I think that Jacob is trying to apologize. So Kayla, if you see this, maybe you want to give him a second chance to prove himself to be a nice guy after all...

  • Mary
    May 31, 2012 - 13:58

    This is posted on the bands page on Facebook: Hedley · 723,052 like this 28 minutes ago Our fans are our number one priority. The reason we're where we are today. This is why it saddens me to hear a comment I may have made in St. John's was hurtful to one of you, and for that I am sorry. Those who know us, know that we always try to go above and beyond for our wonderful fans and it was never my intention to alienate or offend anyone. If someone knows how we can reach Kayla, please let us know. We would like to fly her and a guest to one of our Canadian festival dates this summer, and apologize to her personally. Sincerely, Jacob

  • Erika
    May 31, 2012 - 13:52

    So, dozens of children were recently slaughtered in Syria and the fact that a celebrity made a rude joke in a club is news worthy? Good to know everyone.

  • Shirley Noel
    May 31, 2012 - 13:48

    It may be rude what Kayla has experienced, but I know for a fact that Jacob is trying to apologize to her. Here is what he wrote on Hedley's facebook page : «Our fans are our number one priority. The reason we're where we are today. This is why it saddens me to hear a comment I may have made in St. John's was hurtful to one of you, and for that I am sorry. Those who know us, know that we always try to go above and beyond for our wonderful fans and it was never my intention to alienate or offend anyone. If someone knows how we can reach Kayla, please let us know. We would like to fly her and a guest to one of our Canadian festival dates this summer, and apologize to her personally. Sincerely, Jacob» Si if Kayla wants to accept his apology and meet him, I think he is showing remorse and needs a second chance to prove he is meaning well. So Kayla, go see his facebook page and contact him if you want...

    • Kim
      May 31, 2012 - 14:35

      Thanks for post the FB status Shirley... :) If I was Kayla, I'd contact him just to accept the "remorse feeling" but not to accept the way he wanna show remorse....you can't buy a feeling with a guest to a festival or meet the person who judged you...Judging someone doesn't define who they are, it defines who YOU are, he should think twice.

  • EJ
    May 31, 2012 - 13:46

    Check out Hedley's facebook page. He makes a public apology and an offer. Kayla...check it out. It concerns you.

  • Kris
    May 31, 2012 - 13:45

    Jacob is trying to make amens for this comment he issued an apology on their facebook page and looking to contact Kayla.

  • Teddi Garvey
    May 31, 2012 - 13:44

    Aw, I feel so sorry for Kayla! That was rude, he is trying to make it up to her, although, the "sympathy" plea may be a little more insulting. Just remember Kayla that the other guys were cool!

  • Taylor
    May 31, 2012 - 13:39

    Jacob sent a PUBLIC apology out on thie facebook fan page this afternoon. He is trying to reach Kayla to fly her and a guest to a venue to apologize in person! http://www.facebook.com/#!/HedleyOnline

  • Rosy
    May 31, 2012 - 09:36

    Hey everyone, well I caught note on this via a friend on Facebook. I think it's terrible what Jacob said, and I also think that if he knew about this he would genuinely appologize for saying such a thing to you or anyone else for that matter. But we have to remember that he is human like anyone else, and has a lot of pressures on him, a lot of people always on him and after him, which of course comes with what he does. If you want to be a star you automatically have no choice but deal with these extra things all the time. And there are times where you will make a mistake and do or say something that you usually would not say..especially if drinking was involved. I am not making excuses for hm, actually i think it's pretty sad being all that he has done that's been positive, but I think Jacob shouldn't be shot down completely for one flop. I am sure we all can remember a time when we said something about someone else that wasn't really nice, even If under our breath..and we were not even drinking and don't carry the same pressures that he carries..now times that by a 100 and add a few beers...it just came out. Just like a friend of mine who said he had a big nose..lol...or just like someone else who may have commented on my big ass. It's sad but we are all the same really. I'm sorry it happens and I do hope that he gets this to him so he may appologize to you personally, :) chin up girl!

    • Ashley
      May 31, 2012 - 13:47

      If anyone knows a way to reach Kayla, Jacob has issued a public apology on Facebook and wishes to contact her to try and make amends. Check out the offical Hedley Facebook page for more info.

    • Steph
      May 31, 2012 - 13:56

      I liked Hedley on facebook and they posted an apology and an incredibly generous offer for you Kayla. Jacob wants to get in touch with you. Like them on facebook

  • Halifax Girl
    May 31, 2012 - 08:58

    I think that trying to meet your hero is not a great idea. It really can be a letdown as stated in other comments. My ex-husband is in a successful cover band in Halifax and ran into Ron Hynes on an airplane once. He casually made conversation that if he only had a dime for every time that Sonny's Dream was requested they'd be rich. He looked at him, snorted (as in a great, big, mucousy-is that word- sniff) and used his sleeve to wipe the wet stuff off his face. Then he turned his back to him without a word. Now my ex is no uber Ron Hynes fan, he was just talking peer to peer to a fellow musician. Inflated egos are a side effect of the constant barrage of people wanting something from you. On a side note, I met Rob Thomas (MB20) and he was the nicest guy ever. THANK GOD. :-)

  • Fake Jaccob Hoggard
    May 31, 2012 - 08:05

    I suck. What more can I say.

  • Amy
    May 31, 2012 - 01:03

    I hate to say it, but I don't believe this for a second, at least not the way described here. All true Hedley fans know for a fact that Jake can be an ass, but to that extent? I can't even imagine it. I have first hand witnessed, on more than one occasion, all of the guys, and their interactions with fans of various adversities, none of them have ever been anything but respectful. Sure, he's made stupid comments, but I don't believe this went the way described for even a second. But there are always going to be those people who cut down public figures. I guess that just the price they pay.

  • Taylor bakun
    May 31, 2012 - 00:53

    Honestly.. I'm sorry this happens but you needa grow up.. I'm sorry. But how was jake suppose to know? Jake would never ever intentionally hurt a fan. Jake likes to joke around. Should ov just tapped him on the shoulder again. He woulda talked to you.. Don't make such a big deal over nothing. If you say yor a Hedley fan as long as you say, ( Iv been a Hedley fan for the same length) && I would NEVER EVER write something like this. Hedley IS the reason I'm alive, Hedley is my life. & ... I'm sorry but see the real picture. Jacob is a amazing person.

  • Frances Wilson
    May 31, 2012 - 00:21

    I am as you Kayla a huge Hedley fan and when I met them they were Sll very nice to me. Even Jake. He may be very conceited and he can be rude but donet this one time thing ever let you stop loving Hedley. Jacob was probably drunk, he says things a lot without thinking of other people. Don't be disguraged by this one encounter.

  • Kayla
    May 30, 2012 - 23:24

    First of all, I'm sure Jacob was unaware about her health issues when he said what he did. Also, as a long time fan, you think she would know that Jacob jokes around 90% of the time. Personally, I've had a lot of encounters with him and the rest of the band. And he has said sarcastic things, but he always makes it known that it's all in good fun. I don't think he said that to hurt her, at all. On another note, if you meet ANYONE at a bar at 1:30am, you shouldn't expect them to be well mannered. I think this isn't as big of a deal as people are making of it. Laugh it off.

  • Out of Character
    May 30, 2012 - 23:24

    I have meet Jacob a few times and have never had a problem! He is sweet with a corky sense of humor. One of my close family friends is married to his road manager and he says he would never work with a different band because he respects each of the band members so much, including Jake. People make mistakes, thats life.. especially at 1:30 in the morning when you've probably been drinking. Im sure Kayla is a wonderful person and didn't deserve that, but might have caught Jake at a bad time but don't let one bad experience taint the way you see the band!

  • MR
    May 30, 2012 - 21:35

    Ok. This girl Kayla obviously needed this reality check. THIS IS THE REAL WORLD AND PEOPLE ARE CRUEL. GET OVER IT. No one HAS to be nice to you, ever. And while Jacob was extremely rude, and shouldn't of said it, he did. People set such high expectations for celebrities and most of them never live up to them. That is the way it is This girl, she was hurt and I understand that, just wants her 15 minutes of fame and clearly she is getting it. People will say rude things to people all the time, yes he is in the public eye but people make mistakes. GET OVER IT. He probably isn't the FIRST or LAST person who will be rude to her. And we've all been through it. Not everyone is nice to everyone. its a FACT OF LIFE.

  • Sarah
    May 30, 2012 - 21:03

    How is this newsworthy? He was joking around and the girl took it too personally. Leave the man alone. I would hope that there are more important things to write about than a short comment made by a Canadian musician to a fan...

    • Vic
      May 31, 2012 - 10:35

      This isn't a news article, Sarah. It's a blog post.

  • Nat
    May 30, 2012 - 20:49

    First of all, if she has been a fan since Idol she would know his personality. Second, he was probably just drunk and after performing a concert, the LAST thing you want is encounters with more fans. Third, why must you tap him several times? Of course he'll get annoyed. Fourth, if she's seen the video Breakfast with Hedley Part 3, Jacob has said that he has yelled at fans before but isn't proud of it. "YESSSS! I'd say so. Drunk idiots! Soon as you're drunk enough you'd, you deserve zero respect. We don't at that point need to afford you the typical concessions that we afford to absolutely everybody else which is complete respect and sincerity." - Jacob Hoggard. Finally, it's Jacob freaking Hoggard so I wouldn't take it seriously.

  • Alyson
    May 30, 2012 - 20:20

    All of this has probably been said time & time again but shame on all of you for making excuses for this "star". One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever been given is 'don't say drunk what you wouldn't say sober' and despite his intoxicated state, he should have had sense enough not to say what he did! Everyone claims that we have all said something we shouldn't have said and yes, most of us have, HOWEVER, that does not and will never excuse our actions. We have control over what we say; yes alcohol gives us a bit more courage BUT believe it or not, you can still be in control as to what comes out of your mouth and if you believe you don't have control then don't drink. Simple as that. For the people saying that she was in the wrong for tapping him more than once because he clearly wanted to be left alone, why didn't he just say so?! He could have politely told Kayla he didn't want his picture taken at this time or even just have said "Hi". Sure, she probably would have been disappointed because it wasn't the meeting she hoped for BUT it wouldn't have been a personal attack. Remember, Jacob Hoggard, it is the fans that got you where you are...without them, you probably wouldn't have got your big break. We got you up where you are & trust me when I say, we can take you down. Furthermore, I should also point out that Jacob went to a club where he KNEW was crowded and he would get spotted. Not to mention the fact that Karl Wolf and Classified ANNOUNCED at their show that they were heading to the Dusk around 1am in hopes that they would meet all the fans. If Jacob didn't want to get hounded or bothered, WHY IN THE HECK WERE YOU AT THE SUNDANCE???

  • lets not forget
    May 30, 2012 - 19:58

    remember when hedley would meet EVERY single fan that wanted to stay after their old concerts? they would stay for hours and meet every fan that wanted to stay - the fan would get a picture, autograph, anything really. and why did they do this? because they wanted to. with no extra charge. you didn't have to pay anything. now, it's harder to do that because they play for thousands night after night. one drunken mistake doesn't justify a person's character.

    • Britnie
      May 30, 2012 - 23:05

      I have been a Hedley fan for a very long time and have attended multiple concerts. I met the whole band once and had nothing less than a great time. I am also a very short girl at 4'10` and he had nothing bad to say about me. I think this girl took this way out of context. If there is one thing I'm sure of, it's that the members of this band have a unique sense of humor, and he probably said it to be silly, not to insult her.; she shouldn't have taken it so seriously! I don't think any less of Jacob, I know that he is a sweet guy and definitely would not purposely offend a fan, that girl just needs to learn to take a joke. It's actually disgusting that she's ruining his reputation because she took one silly joke out of context.

    • carogers
      May 31, 2012 - 08:26

      I beg to differ , one druken mistake have put people in jail, one druken mistake have changed people's lives, ask the son of one of our former premiers. Would you think it would also only be a druken mistake if he refered to a a persons "skin color", or disability. Is it ok to call a person in a wheelchair or using a canes as a "cripple". His comment speaks purely to his charector. There are many words he could have used and "midget" is not acceptable. To short people it is equally as offensive as using the "n" word or "retarted" or "cripple" to other people who have visible challenges. This was a perfectly normal young woman who happened to be shorter than him. If I had been the person he spoke to like that I would have retorted with a very sharp answer to identify what I "thought" about his "short comings". By the way I am 4'8". Perfectly healthy without any defects affiliated with dewarfism.

  • Brianna
    May 30, 2012 - 19:46

    Come on people! If anyone knows a tiny bit about Jacob Hoggard they know how comedic he is! There was obviously NO HARM meant by this and was just said in the moment...he makes jokes allllllll the time, everyone does(and if you don't say it out loud it comes to your head!). I understand and am sorry that Kayla took it whole-heartedly and is conscious about her height BUT, if she is a true fan like she claims, then she would know how he acts! ALSO, it was 1:30 in the morning the 2nd night of his amazing performances...They were all out celebrating and adding on top of it being Friday, they were obviously drinking! She was probably drunk herself! My friends were with him throughout the night and had great encounters. I myself was not with him Friday but I have had many other positive encounters. Shame on you all for bashing someone who is so nice to Newfoundland and gave hundreds of people a wonderful concert!

    • pei gal
      May 31, 2012 - 17:10

      i completely agree with you.

    • Wendy
      May 30, 2012 - 21:07

      Don't think insulting someone's physical appearance is a joke drunk or not - where the hell did you grow up to think this is ok???

    • CaRogers
      May 31, 2012 - 08:35

      Shame on YOU! You think its funny to make fun of a persons because of their height? Now I understand why the government is spending so muich money on bullying. People like you who don't know the difference between making fun at someone and having a joke. The word "midget" is equal to "n" comment to a black person. If this was a man he called a negative name he would have been punched in the nose for his not so funny joke. You are showing your real self by telling others its ok to make fun of others.

  • Alex
    May 30, 2012 - 19:39

    Okay, honestly I this whole thing is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. All of you that think he is a bad person, dont know anything about him. If he didnt care about his fans, why would he being touring extensively, spending hours every day on meet and greets, and trys to spend as much time as he can with fans. Secondly, you appraoch him at 1:30am in a nightclub, im assuming he wouldnt be sober, and its late. It may have come off as rude, but if you are a true fan, then you would know how much Jake jokes. I think posting this article is a waste of time, its not news. Its a little 'problem' someone has with Jake. He is a person, and he makes mistakes. I know that is no excuse for what he might have said. But all you guys trashing him, doesnt make you any better then him. Some of the things you people are saying are far more offensive than saying someone is a midget. None of you are any better then him for the comments you make. And saying they are going to lose all there fans? Thats not true, if you loved them in the first place then you would know Jake was either joking, or drunk. And now, after seeing all this trash talk, I bet he feels pretty bad. Get over it, people make mistakes. Jake is a human being. Everyone makes rude comments in there lives, and this was just like all of those. But since he is famous, you guys feel the need to take time out of your lives to trach him and make him feel terrible. Real mature.

    • carogers
      May 31, 2012 - 08:47

      This is not the stupidest thing I have ever heard. I have been asked have I always been a midget, I have been told in a job interview that their favorite show on TV was about a "midget" family, small world. I have been picked up by strangers who thought it was a good idea and very funny to look me in the eye when they spoke to me. The only thinbg stupid here is defending an ignorant person when you should be defending the person who did nothing but stand to the height she is. She did not yell at the guy or push him or do anything but tap his shoulder. So next time your stood up somewhere I have your OK to call you names. Nice one I'll use that logic.

  • Al
    May 30, 2012 - 19:31

    Uhh. Look. I've been ignored and let down many times when meeting musicians that i've looked up to for years. I'm even talking about artists i'd consider my main influences as a musician which is pretty hard to swallow after a shitty encounter. I wouldn't be surprised if I were you. I'm not taking sides with anyone either. Just trying to make it clear that people are good or bad and just because someone is considered as a public figure, it doesn't mean you'll receive the reaction you've always expected as a fan. He's a douche, nobody is perfect, that band is god awful, and this article is not going to taint his career if that's what anyone here is aiming for. All in all, cheer up. Theres better rock 'n' roll bands out there consisting of wiser people.

  • D
    May 30, 2012 - 19:26

    there are a few things i feel like i need to shine light on: 1-yes, what he said was rude and uncalled for, he could have just told her he was busy and didn't want to be bothered, but like many comments have pointed out he was most likely drunk. WE SAY THINGS WE DON'T REALLY MEAN WHEN WE'RE INTOXICATED - this i can speak from experience. i once was raging and pissed off at my best friend, yelling at her, calling her a slut and whore for a reason i don't know. i just got so angry all of a sudden and took it out on her infront of everyone. of course, i'm not saying it's okay to say those things but i am saying that if he was sober he wouldn't have said that. my best friend is far from a slut yet i was going on and on about, telling everyone around me and swearing at her every chance i got. i meant none of it. we laughed about it the next morning. i'm almost positive if someone told jake what he had said when he was sober he would feel terrible. 2-to everyone saying "he's a celebrity he needs to behave properly" "i'm not a fan anymore, what a jerk" "he's a celebrity he should know better" : you CANNOT POSSIBLY tell me that you have NEVER in your life insulted someone in any way. you're all acting as if you've never spoken a bad word about someone else yet when jacob hoggard does it's like the sky is falling. i don't understand why people overreact SO much when a celebrity is rude. when did it become a rule that you can't be angry, ever, if you're famous!? 3-we don't know the whole story! there's always details left out, for all we know kayla could have walked away after jacob said what he said, and he turned back around to say hi and laugh it off but she was gone. but than again, for all we know this story was over exaggerated. we don't know! 4-"if he didn't want to see fans/people, why would he go out to a public place after a concert?" you have got to be kidding me. this statement is basically implying that if a celebrity isn't in the mood to see fans they shouldn't go out. you might as well just say "jacob, you should have known better, you shouldn't want to go out to bar, you should have stayed in your tour bus and drank with your buddies there where you can all be crammed into a tight space and barely have room to move! have fun!" celebrities shouldn't have to be locked up all the time. on stage, he's the Lead Singer of Hedley-Jacob Hoggard, but at the back of the bar with a group of friends he's just Jake. give Jake a brake. if you have to tap someone on the shoulder several times you should take a hint. i'm not saying what he said was okay, and i'm not saying i don't feel bad for the girl. but people make mistakes. and they will continue to make mistakes for the rest of their lives. if you can say that you've never made a mistake than you're a liar. if you can say that you've never insulted someone in any way you're a liar x 2.

  • Josh
    May 30, 2012 - 19:21

    I met the band back in 2006 when they came and did some radio shows in the States and I can agree that Jake is an ass. He basically ignored anyone who wasn't a hot teen girl. I'm still a big fan of the band because of the music, and because the other guys were awesome that day, especially Dave. I will not defend Jacob though.

    • CaRogers
      May 31, 2012 - 08:57

      Josh, Thank God, I was starting to think there was no one out there with a spine. Instead of making"he was drunk" as an excuse you told it like it is. I have new found hope. Thank you for your straight forward truth. If he was a jerk he was a jerk. Singing in a band, time of night nor intoxication is not an excuse.

  • Tina
    May 30, 2012 - 18:49

    I, too, experienced Jacob's rudeness at the Sundance that night. I tried to take his picture and he gave me the finger! I was very disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. He did indeed put on a fabulous show. It appears it was just that, however, a show. Show a little respect for the fans who made your success! We're not the paparazzi! Just adoring fans. At least I was on Friday night! Not so much on Saturday morning. Obviously your negative attitude is impacting your fans and how they feel about you. I didn't even want to listen to your music the next day!

  • Sally
    May 30, 2012 - 18:09

    This isnt even news. Jake is an amazing guy. Here's a tip, don't approach him at 1:30 in a night club next time.

    • Wendy
      May 30, 2012 - 21:42

      It's a night club Sally incase you don't get the point it is a place to go and meet have drinks talk to others - the girl didn't break into his hotel room or home. You go to a local bar after a gig it is basically a meet and greet - think about your comment!!!

  • VJ
    May 30, 2012 - 17:47

    First of all I would like to comment on the people that have said ......." maybe he was tired "or "maybe he wanted some down time to relax".. Well first of all why would He of even opened his big mouth at a concert venue to tell his fans he will be in a club later and actually TELL what club ... really people he is an attention seeker. And for the comments that she tapped on his shoulder what did he expect a fan would do to try and get a picture or to ask something... some talk as if she punched the back off him sheesh. The comment Jacob made was nothing more then down right rude... arrogant and tells alot about a person. Its obvious Jacob has forgotten how he has got where he is today the fans buying his music/tickets etc etc. My advice to Jacob is the next time you are putting off a concert and you want to drink/relax after dont announce it at your concert cause its very obvious you are nothing more then a very rude arrogant kid. If you support his behaviour to me that makes you just as small minded as Jacob.

  • SH
    May 30, 2012 - 17:39

    So VIC, are people in the public eye the only one's who are supposed to take responsibility for their actions? If some random person on the street said this to her do you think she would have gone to the papers with it expecting an apology? No. Why did she then? Simply because he's a 'celebrity' and she'd get attention from it. I'm not defending what he did or didn't say. But to talk about this like it's the worst thing someone could possibly do is blowing it a little out of proportion. This isn't rape or murder. It was an off the cuff comment, so stop acting like he should be thrown in jail for it. Sorry Kayla, but the real world is harsh and people are insensitive (say what you want about me, but I'm a realist). But don't be rude yourself and poke someone in the shoulder for 5 minutes while they're trying to have a normal night out and expect them to not be annoyed and lash out.

  • Jamie Stone
    May 30, 2012 - 17:33

    Hedley who???He's really a nobody outside of Canada. Put it into perspective, he's has a ego and is a big fish in a small pond. Don't alienate your Canadian fans because they are all you really have. Maybe talk to Gordon Downie for some pointers.

  • Heather
    May 30, 2012 - 17:28

    This is a really pathetic article. First off, it really wasn't necessary of Kayla to insist on getting as much attention from this as possible by going to the press. They were in a club at 1:30 in the morning. I believe they serve alcohol at clubs. I believe people tend to say stupid/rude things when they're drunk, which Jacob obviously was. Kayla obviously doesn't know Jake very well if she "couldn't believe what came out of his mouth." Jacob says things like that and he isn't being serious at all. He would never purposely insult a fan. Jacob Hoggard is always telling his fans that they're beautiful and worth it, and if you think he was being serious when he make that one DRUNKEN comment, you obviously don't know him. Also, it was early in the morning, and I'm sure he wouldn't really want to be around some annoying fan while he was trying to have fun with his friends. If you honestly think this incident (for which there is no proof of having actually happened) makes Jake a horrible person, you're an idiot. I think we've all said things we regret. Ok, I'm done. P.S. Kayla didn't have to go be a whiny attention whore about it xoxo

  • Jack
    May 30, 2012 - 17:16

    I guess the lesson here is not to listen to crappy music. In all seriousness though, this is a good example of the superficiality of the world and the music industry. Jacob Hoggard is obviously a d*&k of course, but it's a combination of the music industry and fans that support it that allow egos such as his to grow so big. In the end you have individuals such as Hoggard so displaced from reality that they have the luxury of getting away with being obnoxious and believing there is something special about them that makes them better than most of their fans and the rest of the world and all that. And how did they get that way? By fans giving them misguided praise for chance combination of mediocre musical skills and charming good looks. Good article. By the way...Kayla is super cute and I would definitely take her for coffee!

  • Evan
    May 30, 2012 - 16:46

    I get it, he said something inconsiderate to someone completely undeserving of a comment like the one he made. I don't condone it by any means. Having said that, I still respect him, as well as the rest of the band, as artists. Yes, he should learn to handle the non-performance part of his life better, but there are countless celebrities who need to work on their personal lives and attitudes. Look at how many actors, musicians, and artists have said, or done something that should have ruined their career, and yet they still manage to succeed. Those who succeed don't allow their personal lives to get in the way of their career. There will always be stories like Kayla's, and it's unfortunate, and it shouldn't be this way, but unfortunately it is. Will Jake be moved by this story? Will he change his ways? Probably not. So what's the point of making a big deal out of it? The best thing to do is brush it off and be stronger than the words he used. People are mean, and she's probably been called that before, if not worse. Be a strong person and persevere. It hurts when you're let down by someone you look up to, but you can't let that ruin your own life. After all, you're in control of you. Be "Invincible" and continue to be a good person, no matter who tries to hurt you.

  • Allie
    May 30, 2012 - 16:46

    I agree with Lexi. Emily, 'midget' is not the most insulting word in the world. I'm short. I've been called worse. I got over it. I didn't run to the press first chance I got to tell people about the national emergency that occurred in a bar at 2 in the morning. And Bill, I find what you said fascinating. "The truth tends to come out when a person is under the influence"? Sounds about right. Just saying.

  • Tim
    May 30, 2012 - 16:13

    Whoa, if that isn't evil then nothing is. I strongly feel this incident should have serious consequences for Hoggard. Fans make musicians, dead to rights.

  • Allie
    May 30, 2012 - 15:42

    You're all stupid. That's all I have to say. Oh, wait, I'm not done. This is Jacob Hoggard, okay? For those of you who claim to be fans, you'd know he's the king of stupidity. It was a COMMENT, okay? Yes, it was wrong and stupid, but I guarantee you it's not the worst thing that happened in the world that day. So, instead of saying absolutely psychotic things about this incredible, REAL human being who makes mistakes just like us, how about we focus on those other things? And to Kayla, if you felt the need to go to a reporter for this insane incident, maybe you need to reevaluate your life.... For the record, I'm barely 5' tall and I'm 16. I'm used to being called way worse. Get over it.

  • Allie
    May 30, 2012 - 15:37

    Oh my god. This is freaking insane. I actually can't believe what I'm reading. It was a COMMENT. He was probably DRUNK. Is it so crazy to think that he might've said something stupid? Also, this is Jacob Hoggard, okay? Do you mean to tell me he was being truthful? We all know he likes to joke around, and yeah, he says ridiculously stupid things sometimes, as do MOST PEOPLE. He goes out of his way to tell someone they are beautiful and worth it. He does so much for everyone. So what if he's not perfect? So what if he made one stupid mistake? For those of you who claim to have loved him in the past, but don't anymore, you must not have loved him in the first place. You can only love the flawless human being that doesn't exist. What happened to loving someone despite their flaws? And for those of you saying you never liked him anyway, well, great. Lastly, I find it crazy that so many people find his awful because of this. It was a comment. Hurtful comments exist in our society, believe it or not. Shocking, huh? I wonder what's your take on the murders and kidnapping that goes on.

  • christina
    May 30, 2012 - 15:11

    Drinking is no excuse there are mnay words we used to use that we dont anymore because they are wrong and so is this word its just horrible and i dont care if he was tried not too much that he couldnt party tho he laughed at that girl think he needs a reality check in a couple of years hell be washed up oh and there are plenty of people who dont act rude like this when having a few drinks

  • Newfiechaos
    May 30, 2012 - 14:45

    are anyone reading all the comments??? i got a lil ways down and already read three or more separate bad experiences with Jacob .. one is bad enough but 2 3 4 and more ... does show someones character ... shame on the ppl defending his actions..

    • daryl
      May 30, 2012 - 16:05

      i was at sundance when he gave the middle finger to a friend who was taking a picture from a distance. for those of u that defend him you werent there to see what a ass this kid was. he deserved a poke in the head. he gave the middle finger numerous times. to other people as well. the other band members were very respectful, took pics and chated with the few who were interested. it wasnt like they were mod mod by crazy fans by the thousands. there were a few at a time. he does not appreciate his fans. he is a very talented kid. it was a great show. but he does not deserve my money and i wont go a see him again. toal classless and unprofessional. for those of you defended him if you werent there.....shut up!

    • CRichey
      May 30, 2012 - 16:33

      In addition to my previous comment, which I realized repeated several points that had already been made, and directed to SH - Maybe if Jacob and yourself find yourselves being particularly abrasive and offensive when you're drunk, you should drink solely with each other so your hateful invectives only offend one another. Or maybe don't drink at all if it's only an excuse to defy the very conventions that make this a society. Seems to me that most people drink, party, etc. in order to have fun and lighten the mood.

    • JacobHoggardForeva
      May 30, 2012 - 19:34

      if she has been a fan since Canadian Idol then she knows that Jacob has a wild personality and wehn he gets drunk he isn't himself. He's human.... Just becasue somebody is a celebrity doesn't mean that they aren't human. if some person who wasn't famous said that to her then it wouldn't be a big deal. Celbs are human too. it's 1:30 in the morning. if she went to the concert then she would see how much energy that he puts into it, plus meeting the VIPS he probably just wanted some downtime. just becasue she was short, jacob didn't know her condition. i call my short friends midgets all the time too and we laugh about it. Jacob probably didn't mean it. It's a club at 1:30 in the morning. People are gonna say stuff they don't mean!!!!

  • Nicholas Dooley
    May 30, 2012 - 12:24

    Whether or not anyone else had a good experience with Jacob, it does not change the fact that he used a term that he shouldn't have. He judged her solely on looks not knowing her condition. For those he think it was rude to have tapped his shoulder so many times, I'm sure she wasn't the first to do it that night. You do however have to add in the fact that he was probably drunk off his rocker but being a celebrity he should've had more composure. I'm sure there will be people who like him still or dislike him after reading this. Nevertheless he was in the wrong to humiliate this young woman in such a packed club like the Sundance. Keep your head up Kayla and don't let it get you down.

    • Mandy
      May 30, 2012 - 15:09

      I'm actually embarrassed that this story is even being talked about. This is just making Newfoundlanders look like a bunch of idiots who can't take a joke. Like seriously ? This is "news worthy" ? How pathetic ... I just hope Jacob doesn't here about this some way or another because it just makes you look stupid. And if the incident was so "embarrassing" then why would you make it go public so everyone knows about it. Obviously it's all just for attention.

  • SH
    May 30, 2012 - 12:17

    I was with Jacob the majority of Friday night and if this comment was made I certainly didn't hear it. I had met these guys on Wednesday and they were great; taking photos with their fans and being really friendly to everyone. They were pumped to be in St. John's and looking forward to partying after the shows. Partying. This needs to be taken into account people. Doesn't everyone tend to do things or say things they normally wouldn't, maybe even be a little rude when they're intoxicated at 2 in the morning? Or is it just Jacob Hoggard that acts this way? Everyone needs to get off their high horse here and understand that the guy just wanted to have a good time and isn't a horrible terrible monster because of one little drunken comment. Just because he has fans doesn't mean he doesn't have a right to a night out without being hounded by mobs of girls. If this comment was made, yah it wasn't a nice thing to say, but I'm sure Kayla has said something rude or insensitive to someone at some point in her life as well. These guys take lots of time out for fans. If you want to meet them and get your photo and attention from them, buy a VIP pass where they're more than happy to give you their undivided attention. Don't do it at 2 in the morning on George St. and then bash him when he says something while intoxicated. Stop putting these people on pedistals, they're only human. Not one single person on this blog can honestly say they haven't said one thing or another of this nature in their life. Why should he be treated any more harshly than us?

    • jewelz
      May 30, 2012 - 13:46

      What a stupid comment by SH, how dare you excuse this man's ignorant, nasty comment to this young lady...He chose to be in the public eye and therefore must act accordingly in public and if he cannot do so, then other than being on stage, perhaps he shoulld stay away from his fans since he cannot control the nasty comments coming out of his mouth. What he said to her was mean, nasty, rude and completelly unacceptable, and sorry SH I shall stay on my high horse because up here I CAN actually behave myself in public and not say nasty things to people. Jacob Hoggard owes this young lady an appology sooner, rather than later.

    • Jack Chit
      May 30, 2012 - 14:03

      This proves the point that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. If this was putting your best foot forward, he may as well put his foot in his mouth. You can make all the excuses you want, but this kind of reaction is generally how a person really is, and for this guy, he's a jackass. I'm guessing that this will cost the band millions of dollars. Today, you have to bring more to the table than talent, you also have to be a good person too. In my Canada, goodness is at least half of fame. Headley is headleying in the wrong direction.

    • Vic
      May 30, 2012 - 14:06

      So SH, can you use those same excuses for anyone who does something wrong while they're drinking? For a rapist or a drunk driver, would those excuses work? "I was partying, that needs to be taken into account." "I just wanted to have a good time," "I'm not a horrible monster because of one little drunken incident." "I'm only human." Would it be acceptable then, or are these only valid excuses when it comes to verbal/emotional abuse? I can answer your question about why he should be treated any more harshly than us: he's a public figure. His choice. There are responsibilities that come with fame.

    • Allie
      May 30, 2012 - 15:47

      Thank you, SH. It's nice to see someone still has some sense left. Everyone else, get a life and stop judging his.

    • Jack
      May 30, 2012 - 17:36

      Because he is a CELEBRITY. By definition he gets all the attention, money, women...etc. It's not that complicated. When he says something nasty, it's going to be over the news. What's the worse that could happen? He might lose a few fans in Newfoundland. Big deal. Condoning bad behavior is never OK, and that sure looks like it is what you are doing. Sure he's only human, but he took no responsibility for his actions and he did not apologize. I would criticize Kayla the same way if she acted in such a manner and I expect others would too. I don't think you can fully appreciate Kayla's perspective. Imagine going through your whole life being treated differently because of your height and wishing you were normal. Now imagine that you find solace in music and you associate these positive feelings with a band and its members. Music can be an escape from the inequalities of the world and help people feel "at one" with the world (in Kayla's case it may have made her feel "normal." Now imagine that you finally get the creators of this magic music and the lead singer laughs at you and calls you a midget...in all honesty I can think of a more cruel twist of fate for someone like Kayla. Yeah sure, Hoggard is only human. But he's also a star. And stars get treated differently. Stars have to answer to their actions on a greater plain. It comes with the territory. If a star treats the world positively, a star will be regarded positively. If a star abuses the world, it'll be all over the news and he'll lose some fans, most likely. It's just how it is. And I don't think that unfair to treat him like I would treat any drunk moron speaking down to a cute girl; with anger and contempt. He's not special in my books; never was. Just another douche-bag with mediocre singing ability that got lucky. If you honestly believe the world should just ignore his idiotic behavior then you are pretty simple dude, and I pity you. If he came out and publicly apologized, maybe. But do you think he is going to do that? Of course not. Why? Because he's just like any other douche-bag: for him it was just a cheap possibly drunk laugh that he's long forgotten about.

  • rhonda
    May 30, 2012 - 12:15

    to those of you all being so damn understanding of Mr hoggard. he is a public figure there is right and wrong. Drinking does not give him any damn excuse or overexertion either! YOU EXCUSE HIM OF THIS THEN YOU MUST EXCUSE EVERY RAPIST, GANG ATTACK, ETC FROM DRINKING DRUG USE OR PLAIN OLD NASTY. he is famous he put himself on the block to be critize for his behavior all he had to do say to his friend wait a second, turned around and gave a quick hug and ty . mr hoggard disppointed his fans again in nova scotia by not greeting any of his fans. he tired then get out of the business. one girl sat outside for two hours in the cold in a wheelchair waiting for him and his teammates. none of the fans got to see them. for the usual meet and greet after the show. don't care for the excuses etc. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR RUDENESS. THIS IS CANADA WE ARE A CONSERVATIVE COUNTRY AND WE ALSO HAVE MANNERS TO ABIDE BY WE ARE NOT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHERE RUDENESS IS A COMMON THING BY FANS OR FAMOUS PEOPLE! THIS IS CANADA GET OVER YOURSELF HOW MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE EVER SHOW UP IN NEWFOUNDLAND OR ATLANTIC PROVINCES??? HARDLY ANY. so have some respect! MR HOGGARD TAKE A SENSITIVITY TRAINING COURSE LIKE ALL THOSE WHO ARE ABUSIVE AND RUDE AND CAN'T CONTROL THEMSELVES.

  • taylor
    May 30, 2012 - 12:01

    a simple "Please leave me alone" would have sufficed, he did not need to say what he did. What a jerk. Everyone is leaving comments on their facebook page, this story has totally gone viral.

  • Neicey
    May 30, 2012 - 11:55

    He was very rude, Im my workplace that kind of comment could get you fired, the sad thing is his work place in on a stage and the only ones who are able to hold him accountable for his actions are his band mates, If they want to fade away to nothing then go ahead and left Jacob ruin their careers with his antics if not, then I guess boys you had better clip his wings.... I was at the May 25th concert in St Johns, I purchase two VIP tickets, one for my Daughter for Xmas and I had to purchase one for me to escort her, $500.00! The meet and Great was poor, I didn't expect to have dinner with the band or anything of the like but I didn't expect to be pushed in and out without getting at least 5mins with them. when we were in our seats we were so excited to be up by the stage until the security let all the other fans who never purchased VIP tickets to crawl over the seats and push us out!!!! Im am Not impressed at all. This band is letting fame go to their heads, its time for them to be knocked down a notch or two and realize we, the fans, made them, we the fans can break them!!!!

    • Mia
      May 30, 2012 - 22:23

      I'm almost positive that a lot of the east coast tickets were not reserved seats- or standing room only. Meaning first come, first serve. And as for the 5 minute thing, there's a lot of people in line, and they have to accommodate them all. and "I guess you boys better clip his wings"? The entire band has fun antics together. Jake isn't the only one who likes to have fun (which is what the word antics implies.) And one more thing, Jake doesn't control the security at every venue, that's not his decision.

  • SH
    May 30, 2012 - 11:49

    I spent the majority of Friday night with Jacob. If his statement is in fact true, I didn't hear it. I met the guys previously on Wednesday and I disagree with the negative attitudes people are displaying towards him. They were nothing but friendly and excited to be in St. John's for their shows and to party. Take into account if it is true what he said, the fact that these guys were out partying in the middle of the night. Not an excuse for being disrespectful, but don't all people act out of character when intoxicated? I sure say and do things I normally wouldn't, so cut the guy some slack. He was being hounded all night for photos and autographs and he just wanted to party and have a good time. Everybody needs to get off their high horse about saying mean or disrespectful things. We've all done it. Just because he is on a platform doesn't mean he should be bashed for a comment he probably wouldn't even remember saying. This city is full of gossips. People were saying Jake and a guy got into a fist fight on George St. too, but he was horsing around with a friend. Who's to say that the comment was also misconstrued or taken out of context.

    • Jack
      May 30, 2012 - 17:42

      I think YOU need to get off your high horse and realize that you're just another wannabe with an inflated ego.

  • Tina Grandy
    May 30, 2012 - 11:41

    Both of my children met Jacob and the rest of the band yesterday evening in Halifax as we sprung for the VIP tickets for just that reason. They had an amazing time with absolutely nothing but positive things to say about him and everyone. Furthermore if you are a fan of Hedley and Jacob then you should know that the man is all about fun and laughter and I for one love him because of it. I went to the concert myself and loved every minute of it and found nothing distasteful at all, I would have loved to have gone up to him but I would consider that rude not to mention being poked on the shoulder a number of times.Seriously if it were me and someone was poking me on the shoulder I would have turned around and decked them. It is unfortunate that the general public sometimes feels the needs to bother celebrities for their own appeasement, after all they are people too who need a life of their own. They give us so much of themselves we should at least let them have their time to themselves. I still love Hedley and Jacob! They rock and I can't wait for them to come back to Halifax - I'll be the first in line! Oh and by the way I am a Newfie - born and breed and quite proud of it - fortunately for me I guess my breeding was still during the time of manners.

    • Sara
      May 30, 2012 - 12:12

      How can you say that you were "breed during the time of manners" and say that if you were him you would have "decked them"? I personally met all of the members form Hedley(excluding Jacob) at The Sundance after Thursday concert and they were all sweet and had no problem taking any pictures of chatting with their fans. This is what a celebrity should expect when they are seen in a public place. If celebrities don't want to be "bothered" in public then they should stay in their hotel room.

    • Jessie
      May 30, 2012 - 12:39

      Let me get this straight, Tina Grandy: because you were born "during the time of manners," as you say, you would never go and tap a celebrity on the shoulder, looking for a picture. But calling a stranger a "midget" - which is a derogatory word, by the way - laughing and turning away is "all about fun and laughter"? Hilarious... I think you need to rethink your idea of manners. Rock stars don't need to be role models, but they should at least be polite to the PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING THEIR SALARIES. If I called the person who pays my salary a derogatory word, I'd never get away with it.

    • MFran
      May 30, 2012 - 19:23

      Well Tina...I almost laughed at your comment to let them have their time to themselves. While, this is very true, do you think he was looking for time to himself while standing in a crowded bar?? Insulting another person for no reason is totally uncalled for. There are no excuses!!!

    • carogers
      May 31, 2012 - 09:12

      "Fun and laughter" does not include midget comments. This is a very stupid statment from a parent. Now I have to wonder about your kids and if they are out theres calling others names and bullying others who do not reach what you call normal height. I am a short person. Got no problem going belly button to eyeball with you on this one. THAT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WAS A JOKE! CALLING ME A MIDGET WOULD NOT BE A JOKE. The matter is simple, the guy is out of line.

  • Ray
    May 30, 2012 - 11:10

    Kayla is my hero!!

  • NewfieGirl
    May 30, 2012 - 10:53

    What everyone seems to be ignoring here is the term that Jacob used! That word "midget' is a derogatory term and using that to refer to someone who is short is completely unacceptable. If he had used another racist term, of which there are many that I could list, the media would be on fire! This is just like that only people are more accepting of that term for some unknown reason. I have friends who are considered, little people, and to hear someone call them a midget is hurtful and plain ignorant of a persons disability. This term often refers to a person in the circus, otherwise referred to as a freak. The fact that he was rude I can accept, the fact that he used such a discriminatory word is downright disgusting. Shame on you Mr.Hoggard!

    • Wake Up
      May 30, 2012 - 11:10

      Wake up... he obviously was kidding. You call your short friends "midget" all the time.. .get over it. He's a celebrity, so she's blowing it out of proportion because he wouldn't give her the time of day. HE'S A FRIGGIN' HUMAN REGARDLESS IF HE'S IN THE SPOTLIGHT OR NOT.

    • Stacey
      May 30, 2012 - 11:34

      I've met Jacka$$ Hoggard and I can say for sure that he is a jerk. I mustered up enough courage to go over and say hello about a year after he was on Canadian Idol. He looked me up and down, snorted a disgusted sound, stuck his nose up in the air and then looked away. Dave Rosin was so incredibly nice though, super nice and gave me the impression that he is always willing to meet a fan. If you ever have a hard time listening to their music, just remember that there are still some really great guys in the band that should be appreciated for always taking time out to make someone’s day.

  • JacobFan
    May 30, 2012 - 10:45

    I agree with all the positive comments! Though it wasn't a very nice thing to say, if you wanted to meet him that bad, buy the VIP ticket. Even famous people want a glimpse of a normal life, like a night out to a bar now and then. And he probably was tired, and drinking...come on now, none of you have ever said something rude while you have been drinking? Can you imagine how many people have been tapping him on the shoulder and bugging him for pictures? While he should not have been rude to the girl, maybe everyone should leave him alone when's he's out with his friends. This has been a fabulous year for concerts here in St. John's, but, after this storey, I wouldn' t be surprised if Hedley never comes back here. Gee, don't get offended so easily, if you think that's the worst someone will ever say to you...you're mistaken. I met Jake a couple years ago, and he wasn't all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to me either, but I didn't go to the media with it.

    • Vic
      May 30, 2012 - 12:09

      Yes, but guess what: he's a celebrity, just finished doing a concert here hours before, and went out to a public and crowded bar. Did he expect to be left alone? Fans looking for pictures and autographs- that's the price he - and every celebrity - has to pay for their fame and their salaries.... salaries that fans pay for. If he wants people to leave him alone when he's out with his friends, he's in the wrong career. He may be ignorant, but he's not a dummy. If he wasn't prepared to deal with fans, he should have stayed in his hotel room.

  • Amy b
    May 30, 2012 - 09:54

    Shame on him!! This guy needs to realize that without his fans he would be a nobody!!! He owes this young lady a huge apology but even if he does apologize I doubt it will change the fact he is a self inflated jerk!

  • Tony
    May 30, 2012 - 09:39

    I've spent my entire career in the music industry and very early on in the game I learned that it's not always a good idea to meet your favourite artists. From my own experience most of them are egotistical idiots. That's why they do what they do, the industry drives their ego and it is an ego driven industry. I'm sorry that Kayla was treated rudley but that's the reality of it. He didn't know you were a big fan and had been watching him since blah blah blah. He doesn't know you and more than likely doesn't care that you've been watching him since blah, blah blah. Fans have to remember that these bands owe you nothing...nothng at all. You bought their CD and received the CD. You paid for a concert and got a concert...that's the way it works. If an artist wants to greet fans after a show that's great, but not all like doing that and to me that's great too especially if they are socially awkward or just plain rude. Kayla also has to realize that she interrupted the man during a conversation with a tap on the back in the middle of a busy bar. Now, that doesn't mean he had to be rude but maybe she was annoying him. Again, just because you're a fan doesn't mean you can walk up to the guy,repeatedly tap him on the back and interrupt his conversation. I'm not a star but I know that would annoy the hell out of me. So the heart of the matter is...he is a celebrity and not all celebrities are nice. Actually the majority are rude, ignorant, egotistical morons. But again, fans have no right to expect celebs to be nice to them...sometimes they just don't want to be bothered. I know Kayla is hurt by the comments and I don't blame her, he didn't have to be rude, but he was....that's the reality...some people are rude...even your favourite rock star.

    • Mark
      May 30, 2012 - 17:59

      This is one of the most genuine comments on here.

    • Lil Monkey
      May 30, 2012 - 22:02

      I whole-heartedly agree with Tony's comment. I couldn't have said it better myself. If you've ever known a musician, actor, or any other individual who is in the spotlight, you will understand that they are just people. People involved in an incredibly self-indulgent, ego-driven industry - but people nonetheless...and like Tony said, the reality is, people can be rude. That being said, I have met a few of my favourite musicians briefly - and have been lucky enough to be treated kindly and with respect by them. However, I would never go out of my way to meet my favourite musicians by hunting them down in clubs, restaurants etc. - I love and appreciate the music they have to offer me, the tours they exhaust themselves on for me, and (for the ones who are genuine about it), the passion for what they do. As a fan, they owe me nothing else.

    • Em
      May 30, 2012 - 23:59

      The comment was wrong. There really should be no if, ands, or buts to excuse his behavior.. However on her behalf if she was truly a fan, and if she was sincerely insulted I don't think she'd run to a tabloid. Kayla's looking for an apology for attention. 15 minutes of fame.. you did it

  • Wanda
    May 30, 2012 - 08:52

    Absolutely disgusted with how Jacob Hoggard acted when he was in St.John's... He disrespected Kayla Andrews and a coworker of mine witnessed a separate incident. While on George Street, Jacob called a guy on crutches "Tripod" and proceeded to tackle him. People interceded and Jacob decided to leave before as he said "the cops came"... I supported Jacob on Canadian Idol and like Hedley's music but Hoggard's behaviour is inexcusable... He may be talented but he wouldn't be successful without his fans... there is no reason to be a douche and I can't say I'm a fan anymore

    • joy hickey
      May 30, 2012 - 09:47

      Practice what you were thought to have been preaching! How Rude and inconsiderate,the FANS are what made you buddy,and they can unmake you too if you keep up that piggish attitude!! ...Disgusting!

    • SH
      May 30, 2012 - 17:44

      Actually, the guy he called Tripod was part of his tour crew and they were horsing around. Everyone needs to check their facts before making accusations.

    • Mia
      May 30, 2012 - 22:10

      First and foremost- about the tripod thing that SH also commented about, it was directed to someone he knew, and to someone who also knew how to take a joke. In my opinion this girl overreacted. I also don't really think midget is that much of an offensive insult, if this were said to me, I personally would've laughed. But I am aware that some people find it quite insulting, and I suppose Jake shouldn't have said that. BUT, he was definitely drunk and possibly annoyed by the tapping. Yes he should by now be used to it, but one experience does not make him a undeserving douche. And also how did he know this was a fan? In my opinion Jake (and all of Hedley) seem very down to earth and completely unlike this article at all. The fact that a few people commented and said that the band should stay in the hotel room and not go out is ridiculous. They are human beings, who are popular in Canada. And I agree with Mark, Tony;s comment was the most legit on here. Even though I don't think that Jake does have a huge ego maybe just an odd sense of humor (;

  • Rick
    May 30, 2012 - 08:19

    And this should be the story that never lets them get a show in the great Newfoundland EVER again! And if they do, and hes seen in the sundance, a few of us Newfs should toss him in the harbour... no foolin'.

    • Colleen K
      May 30, 2012 - 08:56

      I cannot believe this article for the reason I do not agree with Kayla bad mouthing Jacob. It was a joke, just like the things he was saying on the stage during his performance. The whole band started speaking newfie and dressed in oil gear. No Newfie went to the telegram and said they were making fun of newfoundland. It's ridiculous about the attack on Jacob. I'm sure this girl has friends and family that have joked about her height before and she laugh with them. Just because someone chooses to be a celebrity and be in the spotlight does not mean they want to be harrassed by fans whereever they go. Jacob can't lock himself away because people will want a pic or autograph. It's his right to go anywhere even a bar for a good time with friends without people wanting something from him. As people said there is two sides to every story. I don't think Jacob should be judged so harshly cause this girl wanted her 15 minutes of fame.

    • Kaylee
      May 30, 2012 - 09:00

      "We are Hedley & I ,Jacob Hoggard, is the most ignorant person in St. John's" This makes me sick to my stomach. I guess the saying "dont judge a book by its cover" applies here! Kayla your a beautiful person and dont ever forget that! I believe Jacob should be made to apologize to you! A good proportion of his songs are about bullying and be shoved around yet he turns and does this! completely turns my judgement around on him. You, Jacob, should be ashamed of yourself! You should never let your over-sized ego get the best of you!

  • Nick
    May 30, 2012 - 07:43

    I met the band at a party they through at a bar when they were here for the Juno's and I can definitely believe Kayla's story. I am not a fan of the band but the guys were really cool and down to earth with the exception of Jacob, he just gave off a really arrogant vibe. Someone said it right, if you keep treating these guys like God's how do you expect them to act haha

  • carol
    May 30, 2012 - 07:30

    I'm willing to bet that all the people that commented positively on Jacob were average looking people with no disabilities. Shame on you Jacob for your cruel thoughtless comment. I was another long time fan that supported and followed your career from Canadian Idol. I thought there was something special and sincere about you. I was wrong!

    • Colleen K
      May 30, 2012 - 09:06

      Newfoundland should not stop Hedley from coming back because this girl couldn't take a joke. If someone does not want to see their concert don't go that is their choice. Jacob did not insult a girl with a disability. Last time I checked being short was not a disability. I'm 5'1, my child is taller then me for god sakes and even he makes jokes about my height. Should I put a story in the newspaper about it. No cause it's a joke.

  • Spard
    May 30, 2012 - 07:29

    And for people saying "he probably wanted time to himself" ..First of all, if you enjoy time to yourself i dont reccomend becoming famous and then going out to popular spots crawling with people after you play a CONCERT. Just saying. Secondly, i want time to myself all the time, but i don't call the first short person i see a midget because of it. I don't start throwing idiotic insults around just because i'm annoyed that i'm so popular and people love me so much that they wont leave me alone. Seriously, guy made a rubbish decision.

  • Nadine Mcgrath
    May 30, 2012 - 07:24

    The comment that Jacob made that Kayla was definitly rude...and I think it is very sad that Jacob has frogotten that the reason he is famous today is because of his fans...and to speak to anyone who has supported him and his band since the start is not only immature but very disrespectful...it doesn't matter how tired or drunk you are...you are in a public place so you are definitly going to get noticed...all he had to do was politely say he was busy.....and none of this woud of happened.

  • Amy
    May 30, 2012 - 07:15

    I don't know why anyone looks at these people like role models, or some sort of super people. They are people just like the rest of us, some good, some bad. The quickest way to ruin a dream is to look at reality. Just because I like potato chips doesn't mean I need to meet the farmer who grew the potato. Tough lesson learned, but a lot of things in life will be a disappointment if you put them on a high enough pedestal.

  • Trevor
    May 30, 2012 - 05:28

    Hedley sucks and the singer is a loser.

  • Bob
    May 30, 2012 - 01:53

    I like stories...

  • Jan
    May 29, 2012 - 22:49

    I find it incredibly sad that people are here defending his behavior because he may have been tired or because he was drinking. Don't make excuses for this kind of behavior. No matter what, no one has the right to make someone else feel that way. We have all had times in life where we felt tired or run down or wished people would just back off for a while, but that does not give anyone the right to treat others in a degrading way. I don't know this guy personally, so I am not saying that he is a terrible person for making such a comment. However, it was a terrible thing to say to someone and completely unacceptable. Kayla at least deserves an apology and I hope that Jacob can at least be able to look back on such an incident and learn from it.

  • Mere
    May 29, 2012 - 21:39

    The comment he made was obviously unacceptable, but again, there are two sides to a story. I would get irritated as well if I had been repeatedly nagged by random people I don't know. That being said, all the attention and invasion of privacy comes with the occupation, so he should know this and be able to handle it. He definatly could have found a different way to deal with the situation. Fame does not exempt anyone from being a decent human being.

  • hede
    May 29, 2012 - 21:36

    Kayla, its unfortunate you had such a negative experience that ruined the glamour of the night. Many people have presented some very good points. He was probably tired or in the midst of a conversation or was having a few drinks and got annoyed with your shoulder tapping; however, it does not give him the right to insult you. A pleasant "I'm busy at the moment", would have sufficed. Unfortunately, as someone mentioned earlier, all too often these young musicians feel they have a right to act superior because we, as fans, treat them like gods who ought to be worshiped, thus enabling or catalyzing this behaviour. Yes, these poeple are "stars", but they are human too and just like regular people, there are nice people out there and there are NOT so nice people out there. Anyone who relies on a fan base to keep food in their mouth should hire someone in PR... remember... you and everyone else out there who listens to their music, are their meal ticket

  • Kayla
    May 29, 2012 - 21:17

    What an ass! If he didn't want to be bothered why would he go to the Sundance! Why would he go downtown at all!? He could of said a quick hello not ‘Hey! Look, it's a midget! I knew he was a loser but I didn't know he could be so rude! I would not say this to any stranger let alone a fan of mine. I'm not a fan of Hedley anyway but this story is just disgusting.

  • kim
    May 29, 2012 - 21:05

    I am sad for the fan to be such a loyal fan and then all of a sudden feel like your targeted to his humor and joke,,,I 'd say he needs to grow up and handle his job much better,,,he should have privacy yes but would be nice to have some manners also,,,I'm sure he has this happen all the time so is he rude like this all the time,,,makes ya wonder,,,like get over yourself,,,,grow up,,,,

  • Justin
    May 29, 2012 - 20:53

    I talked to Jacob the same night at the same bar. He was kind and thanked me for coming out to the show and shook my hand. The rest of the band members were awesome too. Even gave us tickets the Fridays show.....a total different encounter that's being portrayed here. I will still be a fan by looking past a most likely "drunken" comment.

  • ian
    May 29, 2012 - 19:52

    you shoulda kicked em in the privates and yelled "look no balls!"

    • Amy
      May 29, 2012 - 21:15

      I am disgusted in the way this "man" treated his fans( meaning I have read both the article and a comment by Samantha)...He can't expect to go out in public and be left alone to party when the publicpays for their tickets, cds, digital downloads, merchandise etc.... Without all the fans there would be no Hedley.... If he wants privacy leave the band and go somewhere that no one cares who the heck he is..... Also didn't his mother ever teach him that if he doesn't have anything nice to say don't say nothing at all.....

    • Ginger
      May 30, 2012 - 06:14

      He behaved like a Jerk! I was looking forward to attending a Concert in Moncton.....Nah, not if he treats people like that! ONE LESS TICKET BUYER!

    • Jack Cjit
      May 30, 2012 - 12:56

      I second that, kick him a second time in the balls for me, and call him shorty.

  • Samantha
    May 29, 2012 - 19:52

    I had a bad experience with Jacob hoggard as well on Friday night, I too met him in front of the sundance and I was completely taken back when he was nothing but a rude arrogant jerk, he talked down to everyone around him and made numerous comments on how he shouldn't have to be approached when he is out trying to have a few drinks.. Well unfortunately mr. Hoggard, what do you expect when you play two shows and then go downtown right afterwards? Do you expect for everyOne to ignore you? So much for loving and respecting your fans!

  • Kevin Wiscombe
    May 29, 2012 - 19:52

    What a Moron he was!She did the right thing going to the Telegram!Even if he says he is sorry and sends tickets,tell him to stick them where the sun don't shine!

  • Dee
    May 29, 2012 - 19:44

    Perhaps if people would slack off on the idol worship of every Tom , Dick and Harry who gets their face on tv, and on the celeb stalking (as it appears this girl was doing , just 'running into the band', ) , these people would feel and act like normal people, not better than the rest. If you treat them like they are Gods,they will act like that.

  • Lexi
    May 29, 2012 - 19:14

    He ws probably drinking it's not he's fault. He is my idole and alway's will be I love him to death and alway's will. They are my favorite band and this doese not change my mind. I mean how do I know it's true? Anyway I love you Jake! ANd don't listen to these people your amazing and your still loved by million's. If one insult change's her mind especially when she knew he was probably drinking then she was not a real fan Jake just wants to have fun he's young, talented if any other guy did this she probably wouldn't have been hurt but because it ws jake.. anyway what ever it's over I've ment him before and he was absolutly amazing I love him and Hedley.

    • Chris Pomroy
      May 29, 2012 - 23:31

      To say it's not someones fault because they're drinking is to say someone shouldn't take responsibility for their actions. I.E. drinking and driving. You ought to rethink your ethics and values, I dare say.

    • Emily
      May 30, 2012 - 00:30

      You're something else, aren't you. Yes, maybe she was being obnoxious, but he should not have insulted her like that. Tell her to back off, sure, but call her a midget (a very insulting word) no. Please do not act as if there's any distinction between a 'real' fan and an unreal fan. If a real fan means closing your eyes when your 'hero' does something wrong, instead of standing up for the little guy, I'm sure very few people would want to be a 'real' fan, and probably look down on the title. It's fine to be skeptical. I'm skeptical too. But I'm not going to justify his immoral actions if they did actually occur.

    • bill
      May 30, 2012 - 08:41

      drinking is no excuse if he cant handle people while drinking he shouldnt drink besides the truth tends to come out when a person is under the influence

    • Paul
      May 30, 2012 - 11:28

      Lexi, I think you need should go back to school and brush up on your grammar and spelling. Millions of Fans lol. Maybe hundreds.

  • JayCee from the Rock
    May 29, 2012 - 19:03

    Look ...the man is human...maybe had a few drinks tired after playing rwo shows for us. " I had to tap him on the shoulder severla times ... if you tap someone on the should and he doesn't turn around the first time.... get the hint .... he didn't want to be disturbed.... these "stars" are pestered day in and day out non stop... they deserve a little time for themselves, take a step back see it from his side ...

    • lexi
      May 29, 2012 - 19:17

      Still my hero Jake!! you ere just being human and I don't blame you for being yourself don't let this bother you because you still have million's of adoring fns!! Marry me????!!!! please lol

    • KMF
      May 29, 2012 - 20:18

      If he wanted time to himself and to not be disturbed than maybe he should have not gone to a ridiculously crowded public place after the show! And yes, drinking can alter your behaviour, so maybe if you can't drink and refrain from being a douche, especially when you're someone so much in the public eye, than drink with your close friends and people who choose to put up with you being a douche! If he gets a bad rep after this it's his own fault. If it were a "normal"person who said this all of you defenders would not be defending. He would be a considered a bully, which anyone who would say such a comment is. Fame doesn't exempt people from being a jerks!

  • moocow
    May 29, 2012 - 19:00

    I agree with Roger Patey 110%..I got a chance to meet all of the guys and they were awesome..very friendly and joking around and got hugs from all of them and they signed my shirt. If they were downtown, they were likely drinking. He was also probably exhausted from being mauled over and performing two nights in a row. As Roger said, he was probably busy or wanted some chill time (which I'm sure is something he doesn't get much of) Also, the quote from the article states that she had to tap him on the shoulder several times to get his attention. If he doesn't turn around after the second tap then he's obviously busy and she should have waited! Yes, what he said was rude but at the same time, there's always two sides to every story ;)

  • Wen
    May 29, 2012 - 18:55

    First I am sorry that something like this happened to anyone but there are idiots everywhere and there are also multiple sides to every story. If someone is being rude then you need to put them in their place - no matter who or where they are!!! As for the comment that the band should have stayed in their hotel room - that is really unfair afterall they are just people like the rest of us and once the show is over they deserve downtime too. If a celebrity isn't back stage at a show or a promo gig you shouldn't bother them and tapping someone repeatedly (that you don't know) on the back/shoulder is rude and inappropriate as well. Also this story isn't something that should be printed in the media - very disappointed in the Telegram!!!!!!!

    • carogers
      May 31, 2012 - 09:38

      I on the am very proud of the Telegram. This is exactly the type of story that the local newspaper should carry. Sweeping these things under the rug is how ignorance becomes acceptable. If one gets away with ignorance without public negative reaction then it is considered acceptable and others continue the trend. Calling someone a midget is NOT OK. The comments here show many people think its a joke???? So, WEN if the local media does not provide a forum for debate on this subject then I can look forward to many more years of "midget" and finger pointing, and giggles, and the rest of the ignorance I have had to put up with for 50years. The Telegram has shed light on an issue that you and others seem to be unaware is in existance.So much so that excuses are offered up as reasons why it is ok to call someone a midget. We are not all tall, and blond with life's doors flying open in acceptance of our magizine quality good looks. We are also not willing to accept comments that insult us. Your lack of support for this young woman who has spoken out tells me you are one of the people who see nothing wrong with a little ignorance. As long as its a joke on someone else not against you, RIGHT!!

  • Kay
    May 29, 2012 - 18:45

    Ive met the hedley band members twice before and I do find this impossible to believe. When I met them two years ago, Jacob introduced himself to me, asked for my name and gave me a hug. When I met them this time Jacob stated how much he liked my earrings and once again gave me a hug a told me to enjoy the show. This doesn't seem like the same Jacob hoggard I have met.

  • Joe
    May 29, 2012 - 18:33

    A lot of people jumping. I'm not saying he was in the right for what he said, but remember people, you are only getting one side of the story here, people usually play up their side to make it lean more in their favor. Kayla states that she had to tap JH on the shoulder "several times" before he even turned around. Here's a thought, maybe he was having a conversation with someone else, and was trying to ignore the tapping on his shoulder, (If he had turned around right away, maybe we would be reading an article about how JH ditched me in mid convo to talk to another fan) and got frustrated when it never stopped. Funny how because he is a celebrity he is automatically in the wrong without even getting his side of the ordeal...

  • Kayla
    May 29, 2012 - 18:31

    This is unbelievable...I really don't ever think I could ever listen to him again. He is nobody anymore to me

  • B G
    May 29, 2012 - 18:07

    I am not a fan and never will be after reading this. Just another jerk that has fame making him believe he is above the rest of us.

  • Roger Patey
    May 29, 2012 - 18:06

    All I have to say is that as much as people like Hedley and the people of the band you also need to understand that these are still normal people with normal emotions. They want to lead a life without having to stop what they are doing every 3 seconds for a picture. If you had to tap him on the shoulder more than once, then you are the ignorant person. He obviously didn't want to be disturbed at the time but you forced your way in anyways. He probably wanted to have a drink and just chill out after the show and people won't leave him alone. I am not a big Hedley fan but I think they are ok. But just because he's a popular person doesn't mean he is always on the clock. If I were to come home from working all day and have someone bugging me to fix a car when all I want to do is relax I would be pissed too. Leave the man alone when he is on the street. If you like his music, listen to it. Other then that, he is no different than anyone else.

    • SRP
      May 29, 2012 - 18:39

      Regardless of being famous being ignorant is not acceptable. Calling someone a midget is plain rude. What gives him the right to act superior.

    • Justin
      May 29, 2012 - 18:59

      Dude, while I agree that rock stars and other celebs aren't always on the clock and that they are entitled to be annoyed by constant adoration and praise, there is no excuse for the tripe that came out of his mouth. It's one thing to even say 'f*ck off' but to personally insult someone like that right off that bat is just ignorant. What a tool. I hope his career goes down the toilet.

  • bea real
    May 29, 2012 - 17:45

    haha i didn't know who he was when i ran into him at the cotton club during the junos. he couldn't believe i didn't recognize him and when someone told me who he was i laughed and told him i had never heard any hedley songs. probably the funniest moment i've ever had downtown.

    • HockeyFanNL
      May 29, 2012 - 19:44

      LMAO Bea I would have loved to see the arrogant jerk's face when you said that to him. I have heard far too many stories about him acting like a jerk to believe that he's a nice person.

    • HockeyFanNL
      May 29, 2012 - 19:59

      He was always a nobody to me. Couldn't stand him on CI and can't stand him now even before this.

  • trish
    May 29, 2012 - 16:42

    Everyone needs to post this to their facebook page, lets people see what a ass he really is. Sad, who do he think he is. Money and talent don't make a person. A persons attitude is what makes them stand out from the rest....

  • Dave
    May 29, 2012 - 16:31

    Hey, the guy is rude for saying what he said, it's true. Not as an excuse for his actions, but he was in a establishment that sells alcohol, after doing a show to which he probably had alcohol as well. Has no one ever said or done anything at all that they would later regret after being under the influence? Don't jump all over one person for one situation.

    • HockeyFanNL
      May 29, 2012 - 17:52

      True but I have heard far too many stories about how rude and arrogant he is in the past.

  • Kyle Duinker
    May 29, 2012 - 16:10

    What kind of a scumbag would say that to someone? Let alone a big fan.

  • AJ
    May 29, 2012 - 15:58

    WOW! Okay, now that is out of the way. Another word - DISGUSTING!! Im sure so many of us watched and supported JH when on Idol and he ended up with a real great opportunity and in my opinion - it was all for nothing. Yes, people make mistakes. I agree. But if you live your life in the public eye you have to take responsibility for it. Im sure there are MANY newfoundland artists such as Damian Follett, maybe Mike Hanrahan too. These people have worked many years entertaining and bring joy and laughter to many many people and I would put money on that if given the opportunity they wouldnt treat anyone like this. Keep commenting. And I hope he reads just how upset people are. Artists love to visit NL because they get privacy, great fans and respect from fans - where was your respect JH.....

  • summersidegirl
    May 29, 2012 - 15:39

    they have always been my favorite band , and i met them and personally , i thought they were very nice.

  • Marc Power
    May 29, 2012 - 14:42

    Never liked Jacob Hoggard even during his Idol days, he seemed like he was really immature and never seemed to take the competition seriously, I hear he and his band mooned the crowd once at a concert as well. He is totally overrated as a person and a performer. How he's doing so well is beyond me.

  • Alyson Lynch
    May 29, 2012 - 14:16

    To know that in our world, people still exist like this is sickening - especially considering it is someone that a lot of people admire, listen to, & look up to. I was "the friend" on Friday night and like Kayla - I was shocked, appalled, and angry. I never believed anyone could be so rude in this day and age. Kayla is one of my best friends and one of the nicest people I know & she deserved to be treated much better than she was. It's a huge eye opener that "celebrities" aren't always what we expect. Not only has he lost one fan but many more in the process.

    • Cheryl Ryall
      May 29, 2012 - 15:09

      This is crazy! I am so sorry for what happened to Kayla. I was downtown for a while with my sister and had a great time. We did not get to go hang out with the hedley boys and were a little upset, but went back to the Detla for some extra music, talks, and pictures with Karl Wolf who was more then happy to stop, and take some time to hang out with his fans. I used to be a huge fan for Hedley, and Jacob, but after reading this, I can no longer say Jacob is my idol. Glad to see that Chris and Dave were able to have fun and hang with us "normal people".

    • Cheryl Ryall
      May 29, 2012 - 15:20

      This is crazy! I am so sorry for what happened to Kayla. I was downtown for a while with my sister and had a great time. We did not get to go hang out with the hedley boys and were a little upset, but went back to the Detla for some extra music, talks, and pictures with Karl Wolf who was more then happy to stop, and take some time to hang out with his fans. I used to be a huge fan for Hedley, and Jacob, but after reading this, I can no longer say Jacob is my idol. Glad to see that Chris and Dave were able to have fun and hang with us "normal people".

  • Jo
    May 29, 2012 - 13:31

    I was absolutely taken aback after reading this article. Unbelievable is an understatement. To think that in this day & age, people still haven't realized that this kind of thing is not acceptable in today's society and certainly should not be tolerated. To think what this young lady must have felt and gone through in such a brief moment that night, is unimaginable. Hold your head high Kayla and try to ignore the likes of Jacob Hoggard. Fortunately, the majority of the world isn't like him. I agree with Kilgore.....Let's hope that this story "does" go viral so the rest of Canada and especially his fans really know what a first class Idiot he really is. I hope this terrible experience will make you much stronger than you obviously "already" are.

  • hj
    May 29, 2012 - 12:52

    Kayla, Hoggard doesn't deserve your money, adoration or respect. No matter who he is, treating you like that means he was way out of line. I hope you send an email to his management company too. The days of "stars" being loved for bad behaviour is, I think, over. Good for you for sharing this story. He's just some dude with a job on stage and a poor attitude.

  • Kilgore Trout
    May 29, 2012 - 12:44

    Unbelieveable. I hope this story goes viral so all of Canada knows what a moron this guy is.

    • HockeyFanNL
      May 29, 2012 - 16:36

      Kilgore Trout it's on their Facebook page already and I have seen it posted elsewhere on Facebook too. Good ole Jacob he either doesn't realize that social media exists here or how powerful it can be. Everyone who comments here should post this story to their profile because as the old commercial used to say I told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on.

  • Paul
    May 29, 2012 - 10:56

    Kayla just ignore his ridiiculous uneducated comment. I am not a fan of him or Hedley. You may be 4 foot 7 inches but you are a much bigger person than Jacob Hoggard will ever be. Sucks to be an arse like Hoggard!! Like him even less now if that is possible.

    • Damian Follett
      May 29, 2012 - 12:13

      these types of stories make my blood boil over....I have worked hard all my career & have not gotten that big break like JH .. I would love to be in his position & here is he treating fans like that......it is really sad....his tunes just got dropped from my setlist people....

  • John
    May 29, 2012 - 10:30

    I'm not a fan of Hedley, just not my style of music, but seeing this guy on TV, he's always given the impression of being a huge brat, probably thinks too highly of himself. It should come as no shock that some rock stars are arrogant, but he could have at least shown one of his fans, the people who make it possible for him to even be doing what he does for a living, an ounce of respect. Oh well, now I just hate him even more.

  • Doug Long
    May 29, 2012 - 10:22

    Kayla, there are many rude people in our world and unfortunately you have met the real real and very rude Jacob Hoggard. Most people in our world are very nice, pleasant, friendly and warm, but others will step on anyone to get ahead, make a joke, feel bigger themselves or just because they are rude and uncaring. Unfortunately for you last Friday, Jacob proved himself to be one of the later people. Forget him and the incident, and move on, knowing that you are a much better person then this "star!"

    • MOM TWO
      May 31, 2012 - 20:13

      I remember his words....remember beauty is on the inside. Hope he means this. I know poking or repeated tapping in a bar can set people off especially if they are in a conversation. I loved the Halifax show and left the concert on a high. This is an unfortunate story for all parties involved. I give Jacob the benefit of the doubt but certainly don't want to blame the victim. I am sure Jacob would not want any further blame placed on Kayla.