Maren Morris & Cassadee Pope vs. Brittany Aldean: EVERYTHING to Know
Maren Morris doesn’t know if it’s in her bones to attend the 2022 CMA Awards.
The “80s Mercedes” singer got candid about whether or not she will be attending the Nov. 9 awards show after she and Jason Aldean‘s wife, Brittany Aldean, engaged in an online dispute. Maren’s verdict? Her attendance is still up in the air.
“I don’t know if I feel [at] home there right now,” she noted in a Sept. 20 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But as of right now, I don’t feel comfortable going.”
The decision may seem like one that many artists would struggle with. After all, Maren’s album Humble Quest is nominated for Album of the Year that night, but for Maren, there is a sense of relief.
“I think I was more sad going last year,” Maren explained. “I’m not good at those events because I’m awkward. But this time I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going.”
Maren’s hesitation comes after she and Brittany exchanged tense words over social media. Last month, Brittany posted an Instagram Reel, with the caption, “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase.”
Although Maren didn’t directly address Brittany, she seemingly referenced her by writing in an Aug. 26 tweet, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie.”
Looking back on that Tweet, Maren confirmed that she didn’t run it by anyone before posting and that she stands by it.
“I hate feeling like I need to be the hall monitor of treating people like human beings in country music,”she told the Los Angeles Times. “But there’s a very insidious culture of people feeling very comfortable being transphobic and homophobic and racist, and that they can wrap it in a joke and no one will ever call them out for it.”
As for using the term “Insurrection Barbie,” Maren said, “There’s a lot worse things I could’ve called her.”
“Look, I’m not a victim in this and neither is she,” Maren said. “But I don’t have feelings of kindness when it comes to humans being made fun of for questioning their identity, especially kids.”
As for Brittany, the 33-year-old took to Instagram on Aug. 31 to say her words “have been taken out of context.” Brittany added that she “isn’t getting twisted about the twisting of my words.”
E! News has reached out to Brittany’s rep for comment on Maren’s interview and hasn’t heard back.
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