On Friday (Nov. 30), Billboard broke the news that singer-songwriter, actress and Internet personality Poppy felt “kind of bullied into submission by [Grimes] and her team of self-proclaimed feminists” while co-writing the song “Plan Destroy” for Poppy’s second album, Am I A Girl?
“We planned the song coming out months ago, and she was preventing it. I got to watch her bully songwriters into signing NDA[s] and not taking credit for songs that they were a part of,” Poppy told Billboard. “She doesn’t practice what she preaches. It’s really upsetting to work with a female that is very outward about a topic, but behind closed doors, it’s the complete opposite. It’s actually very disheartening to people that are actually feminists and supporters of other females.”
Grimes reportedly responded to Poppy’s claim in a post on her Instagram Story Saturday (Dec. 1), which has since been deleted. The statement below was captured in a screenshot by Spin.
“Poppy, you dragged me into a disgusting situation and won’t stop punishing me for not wanting to be a part of it. I don’t want to work with you, you leaked the song anyway. U got what you want. Let it go,” the statement reads.
Billboard has reached out to Grimes’ representatives for comment.
Last week, Grimes released the dark, driving song “We Appreciate,” which features additional vocals from her longtime collaborator Hana. It’s the first new music from the singer since the release of her 2015 album, Art Angels.