Everybody’s got opinions about the big pop hits, even when they’re the ones making ’em. The Chainsmokers once caused a bit of controversy when telling Rolling Stone they thought Lady Gaga‘s then-single “Perfect Illusion” wasn’t very good at all. “It sucks,” Alex Pall was quoted saying, and the Little Monster community dutifully retaliated.
Later, when Gaga released her next tune, she came at The Chainsmokers on Twitter, jokingly hoping for their approval.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 18, 2016
Everyone’s a good sport though, and now, The Chainsmokers have retracted those earlier criticisms. During a spot on The Howard Stern Show, Pall explained the interview.
“It was really taken out of context,” Pall says. “I’m 32 now, and no one’s given a shit what I’ve said for 30 years of my life … I felt bad. I don’t think it’s cool to make those sort of judgments anyway. Keep it to yourself.”
The duo also spoke to Stern about working with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, the trials and tribulations of presenting a Grammy, and more. Listen to the clips below.