Maren Morris Responds to Backlash About Topless Photo Shoot: 'I Just Want to Live and Love'

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Maren Morris arrives at the CMT Music Awards on June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Maren Morris teased a preview of her upcoming feature in Playboy with two sultry photos posted to Instagram, but the photos weren’t received without a fair share of commentary.

Morris, who is topless while seated in a chair wearing a cowboy hat, boots and red pants, is all smiles in the photos. "Strip it down. Something with @playboy is coming next week..." she wrote.

While the photos received praise from fellow country artists Lindsay Ell, Carly Pearce, Kassi Ashton and LeAnn Rimes, there were also some hateful comments shared. "No longer a fan," one Twitter user replied. An Instagram commenter also warned that the "Girl" singer would lose respect following the photo shoot. In response, Morris stood her ground.

In an Instagram Story posted later in the day, Morris asserted that she makes music for herself and is proud of the photos.

“The thing about me is, I make music for myself. I learned later that it touches others, which is the most wonderful byproduct of a songwriter’s calling,” she wrote alongside a black and white photo from the shoot. “Some can slut-shame me for my lyrics about sex, and you can put me in your little box, but I just want to live and love.”

She added, “I recently accepted myself and will put these photos in a frame because I’ll never have this moment back. Can’t wait for you to read my interview with @playboy in their ‘Gender + Sexuality’ issue next week. I drop some truth too.”

See her Story below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

strip it down. something with @playboy is coming next week... -- // --: @harpersmithphoto

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