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Taylor Swift gets ‘hugs’ from Chile’s President-elect Boric over song writing tiff

/ 10:47 AM January 26, 2022
Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric shows an image of pop star Taylor Swift, in Santiago

An undated picture of Chile’s President-elect Gabriel Boric shows an image of pop star Taylor Swift after a song writing tiff, goes viral in Santiago, Chile. Image: Twitter/@swiftiesxboric via Reuters

SANTIAGO — Chile’s millennial President-elect Gabriel Boric has taken sides in his first international incident: backing pop music superstar Taylor Swift in a social media stand-off with Blur frontman Damon Albarn over her songwriting credentials.

Albarn, the British co-founder and songwriter for the Gorillaz, had suggested that Swift did not write all her own songs in a media interview, which prompted an angry reaction from the United States singer. Albarn later apologized.

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Boric, 35, gave Swift his support in a tweet that quickly went viral in his country, a reflection of how the former student protest leader is shaking up politics in Chile, traditionally South American most strait-laced nation.

“Here in Chile you have a huge group of supporters who know that you write your own songs from the heart,” Boric, a self-avowed Swift fan, posted to his 1.4 million Twitter followers. The tweet had 66,000 likes.

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“Hugs from the south Taylor,” said Boric, who will become Chile’s youngest democratically elected president when he takes office in March.

Taylor Swift

Image: Instagram/@damonalbarn, @taylorswift

Swift had hit back at Albarn on Twitter herself.

“I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging,” the 32-year-old singer wrote.

Albarn, 53, made his own mea culpa.

“I totally agree with you. I had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to click bait. I apologize unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your song-writing,” he said.

Boric’s team did not respond to a request for comment. JB

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