During a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the co-creator of "Gorillaz" Damon Albarn, claimed that Taylor Swift doesn't write her own songs.
Albarn stated Swift "doesn't write her own songs" after the LA Times interviewer said Swift was a talented songwriter. Swift responded to Albarn on Twitter with her first post on the social media platform since Dec 13, 2021, telling the "Blur" frontman that his accusation is "completely false and so damaging."
Taylor claps back at Albarn
"I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this," Swift posted on Twitter. "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."
"PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering," she added.
Albarn doubled-down on his claims when the interviewer mentioned Swift also co-writes, saying co-writing doesn't count. He also brought up Billie Eilish as an example of a good songwriter, without realizing the irony of Eilish co-writing all her songs with brother Finneas O'Connell.
"That doesn't count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I'm not hating on anybody, I'm just saying there's a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. Doesn't mean that the outcome can't be really great."
"A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother," Albarn continued, "I'm more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It's just darker - less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she's exceptional."
Albarn apologizes to Swift
After Swift clapped back on Twitter, Albarn offered an apology, saying his conversation about songwriting was taken out of context and turned into a clickbait article.
"I totally agree with you," Albarn tweeted. "I had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait. I apologize unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you understand."