Not so mixed messages. Maren Morris got real about the less than pleasant aspects of using social media amid her public spit Brittany Aldean.
“I honestly feel awful for kids growing up on social media,” the 32-year-old Grammy winner confessed on Wednesday, Sept. 21’s episode of the podcast, “I’m Listening.” “People can cowardly hide behind their phone screens. I totally sympathize with the kids involved because of where I am and I’m still dealing with it.
She continued, “It never really ends, and it’s not about whether you’re being bullied as a public figure or as a kid, you’re just always going to face some kind of adversity or someone trying to pop your balloon of happiness pierce.”
Morris didn’t specifically reference her feud with Aldean, 34, which began in August after the latter shared a transphobic Instagram post. However, the “Detour” singer made it clear that she would never hesitate to speak her mind.
“I can sleep at night knowing I’m always trying to be a better person,” she said Wednesday. “I stand up for injustices when I see them, and sometimes I know it’s perfectly okay not to get involved in the fight. Sometimes you can support something silently. And that’s something you need to do for your own sanity.”
When it comes to her own mental state, Morris said avoiding the comments section is “one of the best things I’ve ever done” for staying in a positive headspace. “I don’t need to know,” she explained. “I’m doing my thing. I’m having a great time. If I’ve posted a picture of it, it’s because I’m proud of it or because I liked it or because I had fun doing it. And I don’t necessarily need to know what everyone thinks about it.”
The “My Church” performer made headlines last month when she called out Jason Aldean‘s wife for a social media caption that many found offensive. “I really want to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I was going through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life🤎✌🏼,” Brittany wrote in August, sharing a video of her beauty routine.
Jason, 45, chimed in, writing: “Lmao!! I’m glad they didn’t because you and I wouldn’t have worked 😂.”
While the couple found the caption humorous, Morris and Cassade Pope were quick to call Brittany at her own post. “You’d think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging,” the then 33-year-old Voice alum tweeted, to which Morris replied, “It’s so easy not to be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it up, Insurrection Barbie.”
Earlier this month, Brittany claimed after doubling down on her stance on protecting children’s “innocence”. Tucker Carlson tonight that she was “extremely surprised” by the backlash to her post. “I think I stand up for children. I don’t think children should be allowed to make these life-changing decisions at such a young age. They’re not mature enough,” she argued, saying she finds it “amazing” that some parents allow children “to choose their gender so early.”
She continued, “We as parents, we as a society, regardless of political status, should be able to sit back, speak our minds and fight for these children.”
During the interview, a chyron that read “Lunatic Country Music Person” appeared beneath a photo of Morris – and she was quick to put the diss to good use. “*ATTN LUNATICS* New shirt in shop,” she shared with her social media followers on Sept. 2. “All proceeds will be split between @translifeline and the @glaad Transgender Media Program.”
Although the tension seems to have eased, Morris recently hinted that she doesn’t always feel welcome in the country music world. “I am very honored that my record is nominated [at the CMAs]. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there now,” she told the Los Angeles Times this week. “So many people I love will be in this room and maybe I’ll make a decision at game time and leave. But so far I don’t feel comfortable with it. … Some nights are fun. With others, I just crawl out of my skin.”
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