Brian May Reflects On Being Jealous Of Other Artists


Brian May, who is an active Instagram user, recently took a four-day break without posting anything during that time. He broke his silence to reveal why he wanted to pause a little bit and addressed his opinions about jealousy.

May loves sharing fan artwork and staying connected to his followers. He has inspired numerous people in many areas through his social media, where he posts about music, science, the pandemic, and other topics. He shares and talks about his experiences in different areas of life, from collecting mushrooms to his other profession, physics.

He recently stated that he had to get away from sharing so many aspects of his life and opinions on social media because of the negative comments based on jealousy. The Queen guitarist confessed that he also feels jealous sometimes, especially of those who play something he cannot on the guitar. However, his attitude is usually to smile and enjoy their sound rather than spreading hate and negativity.

May shared his fan Linday’s recent drawing of him and explained his brief absence by stating:

“Wow! Thank you. Bless you, Lindsay. I can’t take my eyes off this portrait – for me, it’s an astonishing capture of what is in my eyes at the best of times – an amazing likeness – and a glimpse of what I aspire to be. Yes – I’ve been quiet, lately – and I’m sorry if that seems uncaring to you, who give me so much support here on Instagram, but something happened to me.

I think a few things conspired to stop me in my tracks and make it hard for me to open my heart as I have done in the past. I suddenly knew I had to take a step back and really examine what I was doing here.”

He explained how he experiences jealousy by adding:

“One of those things was dismay at seeing the jealousies and unkind comments about artists whose work I got excited about and endorsed. I felt that it was I who had sparked off this hurtful behavior. So it’s been a while since I highlighted any work that struck me – although I’ve continued to enjoy so many of your works, dear artist friends, privately. I get jealous too – of guitarists who can do great things that I can’t. And then I smile and realize I’m allowed to love what they do.

And we all feel the tug of the green-eyed monster when someone gets credit when we think it should be ours. But being aware enables us to modify our actions towards being generous and forgiving, and joyful that such talent exists in the world.”

He spoke about the portrait his fan drew using the following words:

“So tonight as this portrait leaps out of my phone screen, and now yours too, I feel joy at such a perfect capture of what is in my eyes at the best of times, and, at a time when my confidence is low, a warm glow at this reminder of what I aspire to be. I wanted to share. Then I wondered who might feel upset that I was giving attention to Lindsay and feel the need to launch some kind of missile of negativity at her as an artist.

You’d be surprised at what I get to see. So let me just accompany this post with an assurance that I appreciate every supportive work that you folks launch in my direction. And a reminder that we can all enjoy the fruits that other trees produce, without ceasing to believe that the fruits on our own tree are just as nutritious! Yes – I feel I’ve learned lessons from all this. Back to the Light! Bri.”

May always speaks wisely, and his opinions seem to captivate his fans. This time, he inspired his fans with his honesty and wisdom while influencing people to be kind and not spread negativity. Many of his followers shared their stories and opinions about the subject and mainly agreed with the legendary guitarist.

You can see the fan’s drawing below.

Photo Credit: Brian May – Instagram
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