Morrissey spoke out after Miley Cyrus dropped out of a guest spot on her upcoming album, denying the singer did so because of her political views, which she said are “certainly not far-right.”
In a lengthy statement released on Thursday, the former frontman of The Smiths also attacked “cancellation vultures” and alleged the existence of a campaign to “put [him] out of circulation.”
Last month, Morrissey, 63, announced that Cyrus had asked to be removed from her unreleased album Bonfire of Teenagers, which was expected to feature her backing vocals on a song titled I Am Veronica.
Cyrus’s decision, he said, came as he parted ways with Capitol Records.
In a new post shared on his website late Friday, Morrissey said the 30-year-old Cyrus decided not to appear on the album due to a private conflict unrelated to him.
“In truth, Miley has backed down for reasons no fault of mine, as she had a huge run-in with a key figure in ‘the circle,'” he wrote, adding that he would not divulge details about the “private fight.”
“Miley knew everything about me when she came to sing ‘I Am Veronica’ almost two years ago; she entered the studio already singing the song,” the statement said.
“She volunteered. I didn’t ask him to get involved. Her professionalism was amazing, her voice a joy to behold. Every minute I spent with Miley was loving and fun.”
In politics, the singer denied being far-right, an accusation that arose after controversial comments about race and racism, as well as his support for the now-defunct far-right anti-Islam party For Britain.
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“Although the left changed and abandoned me many years ago, I am certainly not far right, and have never met anyone who claims to be far right,” he wrote.
“My policy is simple: I recognize realities. Therefore, I am sorry to inform some of you that I am absolutely not far-right.”
Morrissey criticized what he called “cancellation vultures” who “only attack those they are the most jealous of”.
He also named four anonymous men in Britain with “prominent social media positions” who he said initially led a campaign to “destroy my career.”
“At some point, each of them had hopes of a candlelight friendship with me, and this didn’t happen,” he said. “His rage for attention later took a different turn. They want some sort of Wikipedia mention, as well as a future personal index reference in ‘Who Killed Morrissey?’”
As it stands, the future of Bonfire of Teenagers seems uncertain. A November post from Morrissey said it was no longer slated for a February 2023 release, and “[its] fate is solely in the hands of Capitol Records (Los Angeles).”