Pharrell and M.I.A.

M.I.A.’s words have come back to bite her. Pharrell told his labelmate off after she lashed out at her industry peers, including Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.


The outspoken Maya ran into the N.E.R.D. frontman at the Met Costume Institute Gala in May, where he approached her about her headline-making comments. “The best bit was me and Pharrell having a fight,” she told Time Out London. “He was just telling me off like crazy: ‘You can’t just keep beating people up…’ I thought he’d seen the ‘Born Free’ video, so I was actually listening because I thought he must be saying my video’s too violent. He was like, ‘You know you can’t just keep giving people that shit, you have to hand out the sugar.’”

M.I.A. was taken aback by his remarks. “I was a bit offended because he was talking about the shepherd and the sheep, and I was like, ‘I never think I’m making music for sheep, I’m making music for shepherds… people who think like individuals and who want to be their own fucking leader.’”

After calling her fat because of her pregnancy (“Oh my fu**ing God, last time I saw you, you were so fat!”), Diddy tried to patch things up between the two of them. “[Diddy] was just like, ‘I love you, we need you.’ And I was like, ‘That’s so good to hear because Pharrell just told me I was shit.’ Diddy went and found Pharrell and made him come to my table, apologize, and kiss my hand and shit, which was awesome.”

One celebrity who she didn’t interact with at the ball was Oprah Winfrey. “Oprah seemed like she was giving me the cold shoulder,” said M.I.A., who previously met the media mogul at the TIME 100 gala in 2009.

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