Back when Taylor Swift was still writing song-length take-downs about journalists who write mean reviews, M.I.A was throwing hilarious and pointed barbs at her former producer and boyfriend Diplo.
The pair, who dated for several years in the mid 2000s, and have worked together on and off since then, have the sort of cheerfully antagonistic relationship that makes for tabloid gold.
To wit, there was the time he claimed to have put the sound of a flushing toilet on her track ‘Tell Me Why’ because the rest of the Maya album, from which it came, was “a turd.”
Earlier this month, Diplo posted the below picture to his Instagram, calling the ‘Paper Planes’ singer his BFF:
He may be experiencing some slight second thoughts, after the release of a new Rolling Stone profile on M.I.A., to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her debut Arular, in which she throws some very high-caliber shade his way.
She claims that Diplo – that’s Thomas Wesley Pentz if you’re nasty – was somewhat resentful of her early mainstream success, saying:
“By the time that was happening to me, I was with Diplo and he basically just like shat on every good thing that was happening to me, and I just didn’t enjoy it because if I was on a cover of a magazine he’ll be like, “What do you want to do, like be on the dentist waiting room table? Like, is that what a magazine is for? It’s corny. Like, don’t do magazines.”“When I got signed by Interscope, he literally smashed my hotel room and broke all the furniture because he was so angry I got picked up by a major label and it was the corniest thing in the world that could possibly happen … So the whole two years I was with him, I just let him dictate. I basically had this man dictate to me how everything in America that I experienced was completely, like, irrelevant and it was nothing. So it was kind of a weird time for me.”“It’s only now when I look back at it in 2015, I can see that he was just jealous and he couldn’t wait to be Taylor Swift’s best friend and date Katy Perry. But at that time I believed him. I just felt like he was right, and he was something of a political, righteous person with some values. I didn’t realize it was just jealousy.”
In the end, she was pretty philosophical about it, saying:
“I think that’s what happens to women, you know: You fall in love, and shit happens.”
Diplo – who, if his Twitter is to be believed, is currently on a rooftop in Paraguay – has yet to respond. We can’t wait for him to lob this one back over the net.
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