Read An Exclusive Timothy Heller Interview

Timothy Heller, fellow singer and former friend of Melanie Martinez shared her story on Twitter Monday afternoon of alleged abuse that occurred in June 2015. Heller talked to The Fresh Committee about her experience coming forward and what led her to that point.


The full story comes after Heller Tweeted Nov 17: “What if I have my own story of abuse but I’m scared to ruin the person’s life and I still love them in a f–ked up way and the public really really loves them.”

According to Heller just 20 minutes after posting that tweet Martinez reached out after they hadn’t spoke in a year. Heller started crying and blocked her number, which led Martinez to try to contact Heller’s boyfriend just to get in touch with Heller.

Heller talked to The Fresh Committee about why she decided to finally come forward with the full story and why she name Melanie Martinez in her tweets.

“I was in denial for a long time that my friend did this to me. I really loved her! So part of me was still protecting her. I didn’t do this to hurt her. But I decided to name her based on what her fanbase is like. These are young children, who were looking up to her as someone who is there for them with their struggles with mental illness and depression. As someone who struggles with mental illness first hand, I felt that I could no longer stay quiet about this. I know that now a lot of them are in denial and are choosing to not believe me, but I was in the same type of denial. I loved her too,” she explained.

After calling out Martinez for the alleged abuse many fans were quick to defend their idol, while others sent messages of support to Timothy Heller. Melanie Martinez tweeted this about 12 hours after the allegations surfaced:

“I have been keeping this secret for a long time. It took a lot of preparation for me to get enough strength to actually let people know. I go to weekly therapy and my therapist has been so immensely helpful. I struggled for a while with feelings of guilt, and how her fans would see me, and I decided this was too important to be quiet about. I think Mental Health awareness is so important and I decided to take this as an opportunity to reach victims that have gone through similar things that I did,” Heller said.

Right now Heller is trying to stay positive and block out the negativity. She explained that she has an amazing support system between her boyfriend, friends, and family. Most of the response has been positive, but Heller does understand why people are so quick to defend Martinez because she was in denial for a while too.

“I hope that my experience can be a story that starts a conversation about Women on Women abuse,” Heller notes.

“I hope that people realize that anyone can abuse anyone, regardless of gender. That if you were assaulted, even by a woman, your experience is valid. Also I hope people get a clearer idea on what consent is, and while I did say no, NOT saying no does not equal consent.”

According to Heller, Martinez has not reached out again regarding the tweets or allegations.

Keep an eye out for more updates as this story continues.

  • Victoria R.

    Hardly believe it. If it was true she wouldn’t have lied about her sleep over. Melanie wasn’t even in the same state as her on the date she said she was raped.

    • Stevoir Sadaar

      she stated a date?

    • Ms. Dragneel

      what are you talking about? She didn’t even state a date and Melanie herself said they had sex but that “she didn’t say no” while she did say no..

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  • Jay-eff

    If Timothy feels that she was raped, It’s not to anyone to say she wasn’t. You can’t tell her she’s wrong if that is the way she truly feels. I just wonder where we draw the line on people being absolutely 100% guilty until proven innocent? (It’s supposed to be the other way around). Where do we draw the line on career ending allegations? I don’t think there is a right answer to this question. I just wish we knew more about the girls relationship, since they have had a falling out, to help figure out which is being 100% honest about this past incident, but truthfully, it’s too late either way; whether Melanie is guilty or innocent, she will still lose everything she has built over this and the music world will lose a very gifted creator.

    • Jack Diamond

      Rape isn’t a feeling, it’s a criminal offense and there are laws defining the act. Any decent lawyer could prove that this was consensual enough to not constitute rape. I don’t dispute she felt abused, or regretting going along with it, I object to the loaded term rapist being used as if it is self-evident.

  • Andrea

    Consent isn’t just not saying no, consent is saying yes

    • Jack Diamond

      Consent is also letting something happen. There is such a thing as personal responsibility. “Can I touch your boob? can I touch your boob?” does not sound exactly like rape. “She wore me down.” Giggling when you say “no” is also at best a mixed message. Obviously it went too far for her and she felt abused afterward, taking her story at face value. Feeling “raped” is not the same as being raped. If a guy seduces a girl and she gives in then regrets it the next day she can’t claim she was criminally raped, even if she feels she was coerced into it and it went farther than she wished. You can call it abuse but to call it rape really muddies the waters for victims of real rape. This was an abusive relationship and a co-dependent one by a girl who wanted to be the clone of the other. It’s an ugly story and rather stupid story, but that’s all it is.

      • Jack Diamond

        One more thought. My comments, you’ll notice, give Timothy the benefit of every doubt that her story is truthful and her feelings heartfelt. She feels abused by her former friend, feels her trust was violated, feels this person everyone admires is really an awful person. It doesn’t change the fact that based on what she’s said (so far) no jury would convict Melanie of the crime of rape. So why is it okay to call Melanie a Rapist, a loaded, red flag to a bull Scarlet Letter? That may be how Timothy feels about her, but it is also a term designed to arouse a hysterical response in people, as it has done. If she did not commit the crime of rape (which is not a feeling but a crime) then calling her a Rapist becomes a smear. If Timothy truly believes the crime of rape was committed against her she should file charges, it’s well within the statute of limitations.

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