Taylor Swift is no stranger to criticism from her peers, but when Blur frontman Damon Albarn questioned her songwriting integrity, it seemed that enough was finally enough. In a January 2022 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Albarn bluntly stated that Swift doesn’t write her own songs, when asked his opinion of her songwriting. When the interviewer corrected him and mentioned that she also co-writes, Albarn claimed, “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing.” He then moved on to songwriter Billie Eilish and added that he’s “more attracted” to that than Swift.
Swift is someone who prides herself on her originality and songwriting, so she quickly clapped back on Twitter. “I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” she wrote. “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 f***ed up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.” The singer also followed up with a second tweet clarifying that [she] “wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.” Swift’s long-time friend and co-writer Jack Antonoff also spoke up on Twitter in defense of the Grammy winner. “I’ve never met Damon Albarn … but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs Taylor writes,” he tweeted. Though Albarn has since clarified his statements via Twitter, Swift has yet to respond.