The famously private Kate Bush made a rare public statement on Tuesday to clarify comments she made about UK Prime Minister Theresa May all the way back in 2016 during an interview with Maclean’s.
“We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful. I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time,” Bush told Maclean’s in 2016. “She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear. I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She’s very sensible and I think that’s a good thing at this point in time.”
The remarks were widely interpreted as an endorsement of Brexit and the conservative wing of British politics, which Bush now refutes. In a statement posted to Bush’s website titled “Clarification,” she said her quote was taken “out of context” and expressed disappointment that her presumed support of Brexit overshadowed the live album she was promoting and has dogged her since.
“I was very disappointed that the use of a quote out of context was timed with the release of the live album and it seemed as if the focus went onto the quote rather than the work,” Bush wrote. “It was deeply frustrating.”
Bush explained that since the quote “keeps being used” she should “present my side of the story.” She added that her comments were “not meant to be political but rather was in the defence of women in power.” She added: “Again with no response from me to the latest resurfacing of this article, it could make it seem like I am a tory supporter which I want to make clear I am not.”
Bush wrote that she “won’t be commenting further on this,” but felt the need to put the issue to bed “once and for all.” You can read her entire statement below:
It’s been very exciting to hear all the positive feedback around the Remastered project and the lyric book. Thank you so much for embracing both of them. It means a great deal to everyone involved.
I didn’t do any interviews for either project hoping that the work could speak for itself. I read some articles that included a number of inaccuracies and usually I don’t respond. However I do feel I need to address one story which came from a phone interview I did two years ago. I was very disappointed that the use of a quote out of context was timed with the release of the live album and it seemed as if the focus went onto the quote rather than the work. It was deeply frustrating. At the time I discussed the idea of responding to it with close friends and we all agreed it was best to let it go. It seems the quote keeps being used and so I’d like to present my side of the story. Over the years, I have avoided making political comments in interviews. My response to the interviewer was not meant to be political but rather was in the defence of women in power. I felt he was putting a really negative slant on powerful women, referring to a witch hunt involving Hilary Clinton. In response I said that we had a woman in charge of our country, and that I felt it was a good thing to have women in power. I should have been clearer when I then said it was the best thing that had happened to us for a long time – because I greatly disliked the behaviour of the previous PM, who at that point I felt had abandoned us and everybody felt angry and let down.
Again with no response from me to the latest resurfacing of this article, it could make it seem like I am a tory supporter which I want to make clear I am not.
I won’t be commenting further on this, but feel it’s become so pervasive that I felt I needed to clarify this matter once and for all.
Happy New Year,