In a 2012 interview with CMJ, Claire Boucher said that Visions, her debut album as Grimes, was made in the midst of an amphetamine-aided haze of sleep and food deprivation, but she doesn’t want that to be her legacy. According to Stereogum, a quote from that interview has been added and removed from Grimes’ Wikipedia page a number of times since August of 2013, but in a new Tumblr post, Boucher has disavowed hard drugs entirely.
Though she said at the time that she “blacked out the windows and did tons of amphetamines and stayed up for three weeks and didn’t eat anything,” she now says she wants people to know that she can’t stand such substances.
“All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive,” she explains.
Noting that Wikipedia is “a website that people take seriously and reference all the time” she thinks it’s “irresponsible” to edit it so that people think she still holds the drugs in high regard.
You can read her whole statement below. For more Grimes, read SPIN‘s 2012 Q&A with the singer-producer.
“losing people to drugs and alcohol is the worst because they destroy any good memories you have of them before forcing you to deal with the empty space they leave behind. also whoever keeps putting the few quotes i said early in my career about drugs back into my wikipedia page is an asshole. I don’t want that to be part of my narrative, and if it has to be I want people to know that i hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive. Editing a website that people take seriously and reference all the time so that it looks like i think amphetamines are cool is incredibly irresponsible, people might read that and think its a cool thing to emulate. I hope you know you are doing the world a disservice. I just watched another person I care deeply about basically turn into gollum and my heart is broken.”