When you say you are a fan of someone, do you say "I am a fan" or "I've been a fan"?

Please see my example below:

A: Why did you buy this CD? It's full of crappy tracks!

Me: I bought it because I am a fan of this band.

Or is it more correct to say that you are a fan by using present perfect continuous?

Me: I bought it because I've been a long-time fan of this band.

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    Both are valid, but they mean slightly different things. The first says that you are a fan now. The latter says that you're a fan now, but have also been a fan for some time. – Matt Jun 12 '13 at 6:58
  • What about I am a long time fan of this band? It refers to the present but includes the idea of being a fan "for some time". @Matt – user20792 Dec 11 '15 at 16:13

Both statements seem grammatically correct and convey the same emotion except timeline mentioned in later statement. Later statement is slightly different because you have mentioned 'a long-time fan'.

  • But one can say I am a long-time fan of this band. – user20792 Dec 11 '15 at 16:14

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