Charli XCX received some backlash over a comment in a Pitchfork profile about her that was published on Tuesday (Aug. 6).
On the topic of her opening slt on Taylor Swift’s Reputation stadium tour last year, Charli said, “I’m really grateful that [Taylor] asked me on that tour. “But as an artist, it kind of felt like I was getting up on stage and waving to 5-year-olds.”
“I’ve done so much of it, and it really cemented my status as this underdog character, which I like now. But I need to just own my own fucking shit finally,” she continued. Swifties weren’t thrilled about the seemingly negative shade toward performing on the tour, and bombarded her Instagram comment section and Twitter mentions in defense.
Charli has since uploaded a statement on Twitter to clarify that what she said was a simplified version of the conversation. ““As I say in the article and have said many times before, I am extremely grateful to Taylor for inviting me to open for her,” she wrote. “She’s one of the biggest artists of my generation and the reputation tour was one of the biggest tours in history.”
“In the printed version of this much wider conversation my answers about this tour were boiled down into one kind of weird sentence – leading up to that tour I’d been playing a tonne of 18+ club shows and so to be on stage in front of all ages was new to me and made me approach my performances with a whole new kind of energy – more so I talked about how it was brilliant opening for Taylor, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given and how much fun it was to perform for a new audience,” she continued.
Read the full statement below.
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— Charli (@charli_xcx) August 6, 2019