Music fans know that Charli XCX’s performances are a glittery, high-energy, all-inclusive party. But on Friday night, a surprise guest on her Austin, Texas, tour stop took her show in a down-to-earth (and hilarious) new direction.
In a video posted to her Instagram account, Charli XCX gave a shout-out to — wait for it — her tampon string, which had come out of her costume during her performance. “My tampon string is out tonight,” she said onstage as the crowd started screaming in delight. “Last night I was like, I thought it came out, but tonight, it came out, Austin.”
Instead of treating the episode like a wardrobe malfunction, Charli owned her tampon’s surprise appearance.”MY TAMPON STRING STOLE
THE SHOW,” she captioned her social media video. “HER STAGE PRESENCE IS ICONIC TBH. 💅🏼”
Her fans laughed with her in the comments. “Iconic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tampon commander of collabs,” one person wrote.
It’s not that surprising that Charli XCX would turn her tampon string’s cameo into an Internet moment. The singer has a refreshingly carefree attitude — her first hit was literally called “I Don’t Care, I Love It” — and when it comes to her onstage raves, everyone’s invited (including the odd feminine hygiene product).
In an interview with Glamour earlier this year, Charli said that her fans are the type that let her be totally honest onstage. “[My fans] really care about me, and I really care about them. We’re speaking the same language, and maybe nobody else gets that language, but we totally understand. I just feel my music is now a safe space for me to be really honest. I don’t feel afraid.”
So if you take anything away from Charli XCX’s tampon debacle, let it be this: There’s no shame in letting it all hang out. And if you’re not following Charli XCX’s on Instagram, you’re really missing out.