Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea isn't here for a photo, but will take your 'kind and gentle' conversation

'We are always down to talk and chat'
Flea
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Fans may want to think twice before asking Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a photo should they ever cross paths. The 59-year-old recently shared he’s not always happy to snap a photo with fans sharing they feel like a “transaction.”

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Flea’s attitude surrounding photos with fans came to the surface following a tweet from a fan thanking him and lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, for a great conversation upon meeting them at a show last week.

The tweet sparked conversation among fans, some surprised the pair took the time to interact, explaining it’s rare for them to spend that much time in conversation with fans.

It wasn’t long before Flea chimed in with a response explaining the conversation was able to flow since it wasn’t “ruined” by the fans asking for a photo.

“It’s because you all generated a kind and gentle light, and you didn’t ask for a picture,” he explained. “We are always down to talk and chat, asking for a photo ruins it instantly.”

Receiving some pushback and fans wondering what is wrong with asking for a photo, Flea replied, “There’s nothing wrong with it. But it ruins having actual conversation. It is a transaction… I have never asked anyone to take a photo with me once in my life.”

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