Echosmith's Graham Sierota apologises after messaging Travis Barker's 13-year-old daughter on Instagram

Julia Hunt
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Graham Sierota of Echosmith performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in Jones Beach, New York on August 18, 2017 (Steven Ferdman/SIPA USA)

Echosmith’s Graham Sierota has apologised for making a “careless mistake” after he was accused of contacting Alabama Barker, the 13-year-old daughter of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, on Instagram.

The musician, 20, is said to have sent messages saying “hi” to Alabama Barker back in 2016, when she would have been 10.

Then this year he apparently invited her to a party.

Alabama posted screengrabs of the messages on social media and they have since been shared by The Blast.

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One from July this year includes an invite to a family BBQ.

Alabama responded by saying “Ur like 40,” and the reply was: “I just wanted to say I really like your music and sorry for messaging and I’m 20.”

The teenager then responded: “OK, but u understand I’m a child?” which is the last of the screenshots shared.

Travis Barker, center, and his children Alabama Barker, left, and Landon Barker arrive at the Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Blink-182 star Barker told The Blast he was “disgusted”.

“When I found out a 20-year-old man was trying to get in touch with my 13-year-old daughter by filling her Instagram messages with party invites and compliments I was disgusted,” he said.

“That’s predatory behaviour and there is nothing cool, normal or ok about it at all."

Graham Sierota, Sydney Sierota and Noah Sierota of Echosmith attend the Lacoste Century City Grand Opening on September 21, 2018. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Lacoste)

However, Sierota has now issued a statement saying that he made a mistake.

He told the publication: “I had invited Alabama to my parents’ big family BBQ along with many other people, and it wasn’t until she responded that I realised her age at which point I apologised to her.”

Travis Barker poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

He added: “I’m really sorry and feel very badly about this.

“I didn’t realise she was a minor and assumed she was my age.

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“I made a careless mistake and this is a big lesson for me.

“I would like to apologise again to Alabama, her dad Travis, and her family."