Marshmello and CHVRCHES released their collaborative single “Here With Me” on March 8, a whimsical and really delightful song that the two performed on Jimmy Kimmel as well as at Coachella.
Today, Marshmello released a new song called “Light It Up” with Tyga and Chris Brown, both of whom are artists who have been either accused or convicted of abuse against women. Tyga was sued for for sexual battery, fraud, invasion of privacy, and infliction of emotional distress in 2013 by one of the women in his “Make It Nasty” video. In 2009, Chris Brown turned himself in to authorities and was arrested after beating his then girlfriend, Rihanna, leaving her with visible facial injuries which required hospitalization.
In light of the new song, CHVRCHES released a statement on social media condemning Marshmello’s decision to work with either artist:
“We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown,” it reads.
“We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behavior. That is not something we can or will stand behind.”
Marshmello has yet to respond at time of publishing.
— @CHVRCHES (@CHVRCHES) April 25, 2019
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