The problem with this is that 99% of the time, the artist you like is creating art which you enjoy, and connect with. When you've got someone putting out art that is consistently (in your opinion) brilliant, you tend to find that as a person, there will be a lot you have in common. So then it's natural to listen to them as much as you can, in order to try and establish that connection better, and to even be challenged by their opinions.
While it's true you shouldn't idolize a person because you love their art or music, that doesn't mean that just because you like their music or art they might not be worth listening to. The artists and musicians I usually like I like for the meanings of their work, and normally the themes of their work seem to mirror the themes of their personality, so at that point I do think it's important to listen to what they have to say outside of their work.
Agree and disagree. Art is a form of self expression. All art is inevitably a self portrait, in that respect. Sometimes for me these things gets mixed together. And while other people's art can have a personal meaning to me outside of authorial intent, it can also sometimes be more powerful taken in consideration of an artists life- like with the work of Chuck Close.
I voted True but I wanna change to False! D: Darnit.. I thought first about how I could like someone's art even if I don't support the artist, but then I thought that if I can't support the artist or even think of them as an inspiring person then I couldn't stay interested in their art and I would move on to admiring someone who's art is great and who is also a great person. Because great artists with great personalities aren't actually are so what's the point of watching/listening to someone I don't like?
Both - this is very individual from case to case. I can dislike someone as a person and still love their work. I don't think you should sweep it all over one edge. But if I know someone did something really, really awful (like babymurder or rape, or if they are, for example, rasist), then I have a very hard time looking objectivly on their work and not think about their person :/