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Charli XCX clarifies her controversial comments about opening for Taylor Swift during the reputation tour

by Mohsina Naveed

Charli XCX attracted some heat from Taylor Swift fans after she said, “It kind of felt like I was getting up on stage and waving to 5-year-olds.”

Charli XCX clarifies her comments
(Image source: Instagram/ Charli XCX)

Charli XCX, whose real name is Charlotte Emma Aitchison, angered a lot of Swifties recently. Her comments from the Pitchfork cover story did not sit well with Taylor Swift’s fans.

“Waving to 5-year-olds”

During the interview, the 27-year-old explains how she’s a workaholic and that she’s exhausted with the constant workload.

Charlie XCX also commented on how she felt about opening up for Swift’s Reputation tour. She and Camilla Cabello performed for over 50 stadiums for the tour last year.

The Fancy singer stated, “I’m really grateful that [Swift] asked me on that tour.” However, she added, “But as an artist, it kind of felt like I was getting up on stage and waving to 5-year-olds.”

The tour made the singer decide that she’d never open for anyone again. Charli explained, “I’ve done so much of it, and it really cemented my status as this underdog character, which I like now.”

She stated, “But I need to just own my own f-cking shit finally.”

Charli XCX clarifies comments
(Image source: Instagram/ Charli XCX)

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The singer opened up about how challenging it was to have a strict schedule and constantly open Taylor’s show at 6 pm. The pressure added to her own work.

Swifties wrath

People started accusing Charli for being ungrateful or jealous for performing at Swift’s tour.

One Swiftie stated that Charli “should be grateful” for the opportunity. While another added that the 7-year-old’s statement was “incredibly dumb”.

Charli XCX clarifies her comments

The Boys singer took to Twitter to clarify her comments about Taylor’s tour.

“Hey, a few people on the Internet have taken something I said out of context and I want to clarify that there is absolutely no shade and only love here!” she began her tweet.

Charli continued, “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’s one of the biggest artists of my generation and the Reputation tour was one of the biggest tours in history.”

Charli XCX clarifies comments about Taylor's tour
(Image source: Instagram/ Charli XCX)

In addition, the tweet read, “In the printed conversation 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 to a new audience!” she added.

Charli XCX clarifies comments on Pitchfork
(Image source: Instagram/ Charli XCX)

The performer further explained, “Any tour I’ve been on with any other artist as an opening act has always taught me so much. It’s always wonderful to watch other artists do their thing, own their stage, and speak their language to their dedicated fan bases – and this was especially true for the reputation tour.”

“Hope this gives clarity to what was a great interview !! lots of love,” the singer concluded.

Charli XCX will be performing at Zürich Openair on 21st August.



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