James Blunt isn’t letting anyone spread false information about his own music.
On Monday night, the singer-songwriter responded to a tweet criticizing his 2005 hit “You’re Beautiful”.
The original tweet called the song “f**ked up,” claiming that it was about a man falling in love with a woman based only on her appearance and knowing nothing else about her.
“It’s shallow as f**k and kind of s**ty,” the user wrote.
Blunt wasn’t about to let that tweet slide, though, retweeting it with the explanation that the woman in the song was actually his ex-girlfriend.
Err, she was my ex-girlfriend. https://t.co/xMoSV0oqoy
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) April 20, 2021
Back in January 2020, Blunt spoke about the song with the Guardian, sharing the song’s origin.
“One day I was on the underground in London and saw an ex-girlfriend with her new boyfriend. Our eyes met, but we just walked past each other, and I went home and wrote the words to ‘You’re Beautiful’ in two minutes,” he recalled. “It’s always been portrayed as romantic, but it’s actually a bit creepy. It’s about a guy (me) who’s high and stalking someone else’s girlfriend on the subway. But everyone has those moments where you wonder: What if I’d said something?”
Meanwhile, the user who wrote the original tweet responded to the attention, explaining they never expected Blunt to see or comment on it at all.
I tweeted this because I was bored at work it and it was the only thing I could think of at the time. I never figured the actual singer would give two shits enough about a random nobody on the internet to actually respond to it, but here we are.
— Toybox (@asktoybox) April 20, 2021