Not so mixed messages. Maren Morris got real about the less pleasant aspects of using social media amid her public feud with Brittany Aldean.
“I honestly think it’s terrible for kids growing up with social media,” the 32-year-old Grammy winner confessed during Wednesday’s September 21 episode of the podcast “I’m Listening.” “People can cowardly hide behind their phone screens. I totally feel for the kids involved because I’m where I am and I’m still dealing with that.”
She continued: “It never really ends, and it’s not if you’re bullied as a public figure or as a kid, you just always have to deal with some kind of adversity or someone trying to pop your lucky balloon.”
Morris made no specific reference to her feud with Aldean, 34, which began in August after the latter shared a transphobic Instagram post. However, the singer of “Detour” made it clear that she will never hesitate to express her opinion.
“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 totally okay not to get involved. Sometimes you can also quietly support something. And that is something you have to do for your own mental health.”
When it comes to her own mental state, Morris said avoiding the comment section is “one of the best things I could have ever done” to stay in a positive headspace. “I don’t need to know,” she explained. “I do my thing. I’m having a great time. If I 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.”
The artist of “My Church” made headlines last month when she shouted Jason Aldean‘s wife for a social media caption that many found offensive. “I want to say a big thank you to my parents for not changing my gender as I went 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 either, because you and I wouldn’t work it out .”
While the couple found the caption humorous, Morris and Cassadee Pope were quick to call out Brittany in their own messages. “You’d think beauty brand celebs would see the positives of including LGBTQ+ people in their posts,” the 33-year-old Voice alum tweeted, to which Morris replied: “It’s so easy not to be an asshole human? Sell your clip-ins and zip them up, Insurrection Barbie.’
Earlier this month, after doubling down on her stance on protecting the “innocence” of children, Brittany claimed on Tucker Carlson tonight that she was “extremely surprised” by the response to her post. “I think I am advocating for children. I believe that children at such a young age should not be allowed to make these life-changing decisions. They are not mature enough,” she argued, saying she finds it “baffling” that some parents allow children to “choose their gender so young.”
She continued: “We as parents, we as a society, regardless of political status, should be able to sit back, talk about it and fight for these kids.”
During the interview, a chyron that read “Lunatic Country Music Person” appeared under a photo of Morris – and she quickly benefited from the diss for a good cause. “*ATTN LUNATICS* New shirt in store,” she shared with her social media followers on Sept. 2. “All proceeds will be split between @translifeline and the @glaad Transgender Media Program.”
While the tension has seemingly eased, Morris recently hinted that she doesn’t always feel welcome in the country music world. “I am very honored that my record has been nominated [at the CMAs]. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there now,” she told the Los Angeles Times this week. “There will be so many people I love in that room, and maybe during the game I’ll make up my mind and go. But right now I don’t feel comfortable going. … Some nights are fun. Others creep I just get out of my skin.”