Aside from being featured on just about every Top 10 Streaming list in the world, Calvin Harris is also busy winning awards. Last night, he accepted an award from GQ in London for Patron Tequila’s Solo Artist of the Year in the GQ Men of the Year issue; the award was presented to him by Ellie Goulding, who was once in a relationship with Harris.
“I feel at 32 I’m nearing the end. Just kidding,” he began his speech. “This week ten years ago was when I left Marks and Spencer Simply food in Clapham South where I carried out such tasks as date-rotating sandwiches and telling old ladies where we moved the salmon.”
He then dedicated the award to Gillespie, adding, “We started out at the same time. We discovered a lot of new exciting experiences together, whether it be touring together or dealing with endless amount of bulls–t that’s written about people in 2016. So thank you.”
Many gossip publications feel like that was a slight jab at his recent ex, Taylor Swift, though we fail to see the connection.
Though he later spoke with GQ in an interview about the infamous tweet after their breakup – the one that read, “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex-BF down for something to do.”
“It was completely the wrong instinct. I was protecting what I see as my one talent in the world being belittled,” Calvin said upon reflection of said tweet. It felt like things were piling on top of me and that was when I snapped.
“I’m not good at being a celebrity, but when it ended, all hell broke loose. Now I see that Twitter thing as a result of me succumbing to pressure. It took me a minute to realise that none of that matters. I’m a positive guy.”
He continued, speaking about the relationship itself:
“For both of us it was the wrong situation. “It clearly wasn’t right, so it ended, but all the stuff that happened afterwards…
“It’s very difficult when something I consider so personal plays out very publicly. The aftermath of the relationship was way more heavily publicised than the relationship itself. When we were together, we were very careful for it not to be a media circus. She respected my feelings in that sense.”