Taylor Swift had some choice words for Gorillaz's Damon Albarn after he criticized her songwriting abilities. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Albarn claimed that Swift doesn't write her own songs. She soon hit back with a Twitter statement, telling him that his take was "completely false and SO damaging." Since then, celebrities and Swifties alike have taken to social media to weigh in on the matter.
The situation began when Albarn offered his takes on some of the most popular singers of today including Swift and Billie Eilish, per CNN. During the discussion, Mikael Wood, a pop music critic who was conducting the interview, remarked that Swift is an "excellent songwriter." Albarn then claimed that "she doesn't write her own songs." Wood again stated that Swift writes her own songs and co-writes others, but Albarn disagreed. The Gorillaz musician said that "doesn't count," adding, "I'm not hating on anybody, I'm just saying there's a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes."
@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW. https://t.co/t6GyXBU2Jd— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 24, 2022
Swift later defended herself by posting a message to Albarn on Twitter. She wrote that she was a fan of his before seeing these recent comments. The "Love Story" singer clarified that she writes "ALL of my own songs." Swift continued to write that Albarn doesn't have to enjoy her music, but that it's "really f—ked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW." It didn't take long before others weighed in on the matter, as well. From celebrities to Swift's diehard fans, many came to the singer's defense.
Jack Antonoff Speaks out
i’ve never met damon albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs taylor writes and brings in. herb.— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 24, 2022
Jack Antonoff, a friend and frequent collaborator of Swift's, didn't take kindly to Albarn's comments. He wrote that based on what the singer said, it would appear as though he "knows more than the rest of us" about Swift's songwriting capabilities. Antonoff ended his message by calling Albarn an "herb."prevnext
Love To See It
Taylor Swift standing up for herself is my favorite song— Adri 💘 (@adrienchanted) January 24, 2022
Fans love seeing Swift stand up for herself in such a major way. It's their "favorite song."prevnext
I too, would be mad, if I worked as tirelessly and as hard as Taylor Swift and a man tried to discredit that work.— brandon (@brando_swift) January 24, 2022
This fan pointed out exactly why Albarn's comments were so frustrating to see. They essentially "tried to discredit" her talent.prevnext
The President of Chile Speaks
Here in Chile you have a huge group of supporters who knows that you write you own songs from the heart. Dont take seriously guys that need to insult or lie to get attention. Hugs from the south Taylor— Gabriel Boric Font (@gabrielboric) January 25, 2022
This situation has gone global. Gabriel Boric Font, the President of Chile, even took to social media to lend his support to Swift.prevnext
Here For It
taylor swift coming online to drag men who discredit her hard work instead of staying silent is my favorite taylor swift— veronica (@soitfuckingoes) January 24, 2022
Swifties can appreciate the fact that the singer stood up for herself and defended her work in the process. This is their "favorite" version of Swift.prevnext
A Word From Maren Morris
Writing songs with songwriters means you’re a songwriter. pic.twitter.com/208woAz8mt— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) January 24, 2022
Maren Morris pointed out exactly why Albarn's comments were confusing. She noted that writing songs obviously indicates that "you're a songwriter."prevnext
Damon Albarn Apologizes
I totally agree with you. i had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait. I apologise unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you understand. – Damon— Damon Albarn (@Damonalbarn) January 24, 2022
Following the backlash to his interview, Albarn issued an apology to Swift on Twitter. He claimed that his conversation with the LA Times was reduced to "clickbait" and added, "The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting."prev