Hey, What’s This Charli XCX vs Rina Sawayama Drama…?

Can a simple 'unfollow' really be that big of a deal...?

If you’ve had a cursory glance at social media this morning – August 30th, a date for the ages – then you’ll know one thing: Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama stans are going off.

The reason? A simple ‘unfollow’.

Rina Sawayama has been vocal in her distaste for The 1975 frontman Matty Healy this summer, calling him out following racist jokes on The Adam Friedland Show. The two share a label – Dirty Hit – and to make matters worse, Matty Healy is a former company director at the imprint.

A clearly angry Rina told the Glastonbury crowd during her packed Worthy Farm set: “I wrote this next song because I was sick and tired of micro-aggressions. So, tonight, this song goes out to a white man who watches [pornography show] Ghetto Gaggers and mocks Asian people on a podcast. He also owns my masters. I’ve had enough…”

Matty Healy has so far dodged this criticism – despite actually being on-site for part of the Glastonbury weeked, he wasn’t present at Rina’s show – but the row has seemingly caused friction between Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama.

Charli XCX is linked romantically to the 1975 drummer George Daniel, and appeared to ‘unfollow’ Rina Sawayama on Instagram overnight. In response, Rina posted her ‘This Hell’ visualiser, leading Charli to comment: “apparently I’m going to hell…”

Over on Twitter – woops, sorry ‘x’ – Charli said simply:

The fan reactions have been typically entertaining. Trending globally, the row has sparked all manner of response, such as:

Or even:

And especially:

The two go back a long way, with Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama combining on 2022 single ‘Beg For You’. It appeared on Charli’s album ‘Crash’ and was certified Silver in the UK. Is a follow-up out of the question…?

Clash phoned Interpol, MI5, and the CIA this morning, but didn’t get an answer from any of them. Thoughts and prayers with Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama stans this morning.


And it all ended happily ever after…

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