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Why Was Rina Sawayama Unfollowed By Charli XCX?

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | August 30, 2023 |

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | August 30, 2023 |


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Rina Sawayama is one of the more intriguing pop stars working today. Since releasing three albums beginning in 2017, her star has notably risen, especially after her sophomore album, SAWAYAMA. From collaborating with Elton John to a supporting role in John Wick: Chapter Four, she has become a force to be reckoned with. Her sexuality infuses her songwriting, creating safer queer spaces. In the past, she collaborated with pop singer Charli XCX, who now appears to be distancing herself from Sawayama.

The “Boom Clap” singer recently unfollowed Sawayama on Instagram and cryptically tweeted “messy era” with no further explanation. After Sawayama posted her ‘This Hell’ visualizer on Instagram, Charli commented, “apparently I’m going to hell…”

Fans speculate that the tension may relate to a falling out between the two artists. Fueling this theory is their mutual connection to the 1975’s Matt Healy. Charli XCX is currently dating the band’s drummer, George Daniel.

This context is relevant because Sawayama openly criticized Healy at the Glastonbury Festival. While discussing her song “STFU,” she revealed that her inspiration came from being “sick and tired of microaggressions.”

She further told the crowd:

“So, tonight, this song goes out to a white man who watches Ghetto Gaggers and mocks Asian people on a podcast … He also owns my masters. I’ve had enough.”

While it’s possible that the rift between Sawayama and Charli XCX is unrelated to Healy, the recent social media activity suggests otherwise. It’s disappointing for fans of exceptional pop music. Interestingly, even Caroline Polachek—a standout indie pop singer—is still performing with Healy despite Sawayama’s public condemnation. Pop singers and celebrities often prioritize pathways to greater success over moral stands.

That said, keep listening to Rina Sawayama. Her music is extraordinary—blending different eras of pop and rock with thoughtful lyricism. It wouldn’t be surprising if her star outlasts those of the other artists mentioned here.