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A stan is an avid fan and supporter of a celebrity, most commonly a pop singer. The object of the stan's affection is often called their fave. Based on the song "Stan" by Eminem, the term has frequently been used to describe artist devotees whose fanaticism matches the severity of the obsessive character named "Stan" in the 2000 Eminem song. The word has been described as a portmanteau of "stalker" and "fan." The word 'stan' will often be used with the word 'fandom,' which refers to a group of stans as a whole.
Celebrities have reacted to their "stan" followings. Notably, English singer-songwriter Jessie J had this to say about her stans, "They're amazing, and they're the only reason I'm here at the VMAs and people know who I am," she said. "They support me and buy my albums and singles, and they stand outside hotels, and they come to shows, and they get tattoos of my lyrics and they cut their hair like me. You have to love your fans. That's why I call them my Heartbeats, because without them I wouldn't be here." In 2012, a stan for Jessie J broke their leg to emulate her own leg injury. The fan tracked down Jessie J's personal address and sent her a photograph of the self-inflicted injury. The singer responded to the event with horror and decided to increase her security.