“We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown,” the band tweeted in a statement. “We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behaviour. That is not something we can or will stand behind.”
The indie pop group is featured on Marshmello’s 2019 single “Here With Me,” earning them their first Billboard Hot 100 hit, and they made a surprise appearance during the helmeted DJ’s headlining set at weekend one of Coachella. Their statement comes just hours after Marshmello dropped the music video for “Light It Up,” his new party anthem featuring Brown and Tyga.
Chvrches’ concerns arise from Chris Brown pleading guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. For his part, Tyga settled a sexual assault lawsuit against him following a 2011 video shoot, and the rapper was also accused of having a sexual relationship with then-girlfriend Kyle Jenner when she was as young as 16, though the age of consent in California is 18; no legal action was ever taken over their relationship.
See Chvrches’ tweet below.
— CHVRCH?S (@CHVRCHES) April 25, 2019