Pop qween Charli XCX has clarified remarks she made about Taylor Swift and her loyal legion of followers in a recent interview after feeling the wrath of the Swifties.

In an interview, the ‘1999’ artist discussed the experience of opening for Tay on her Reputation tour, comparing it to “waving to 5-year-olds”.

“I’m really grateful that [Taylor] asked me on that tour,” she began. “But as an artist, it kind of felt like I was getting up on stage and waving to 5-year-olds.”

She went on to declare that she was done opening for other artists: “I need to just own my own f–king s–t finally.”

The backlash was immediate and heavy from Swift’s fans who accused the singer of being “ungrateful” for touring with one of the biggest artists on the planet.

Charli has since clarified her comments on social media, writing: “In the printed version of this much wider conversation my answers about this tour were boiled down into one kind of weird sentence. … Leading up to that tour I’d been playing a tonne of 18+ club shows and so to be on a stage in front of all ages was new to me and made me approach my performances with a whole new kind of energy. … There is absolutely no shade and only love here!”

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