Maren Morris might be opting out of the upcoming Country Music Association Awards as a result of her feud with Jason Aldean‘s wife Brittany, new reports reveal.
The trouble started after Brittany, 33, shared a seemingly transphobic Instagram post, prompting Morris, 32, to clap back and ignite a heated back-and-forth on social media.
Following the tense online spat, the “Girl” singer admitted she may not be attending the award ceremony in November as a result, as she doesn’t exactly feel comfortable going to an event where the Aldean’s will also be in attendance.
“I haven’t decided if I’m gonna go,” she told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Wednesday, Sept. 20. “I’m very honored that my record is nominated. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there right now.”
“So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But as of right now, I don’t feel comfortable going,” she added.
Brittany’s initial post appeared to target transgender youth and gender-affirming care, with the caption, “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase.”
“I love this girly life,” she added alongside the makeup tutorial video, which also received a comment from her country star husband that read, “Lmao!! Im glad they didn’t too, cause you and I wouldn’t have worked out.”
The Instagram post prompted Morris, along with The Voice winner Cassadee Pope, to speak out against the transphobia, with Morris calling Brittany an “Insurrection Barbie,” and writing, “It’s so easy to like, not be a scumbag human?”
Brittany later claimed her words were taken out of context, although she doubled-down on her stance that “children should not be allowed to make these life-changing decisions” when it comes to gender-affirming care, which she explained to Tucker Carlson during an appearance on Fox News earlier this month.
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Carlson also called Morris a “lunatic,” and a “country music person who I hope leaves country music immediately.”
During her conversation with LA Times, Morris addressed the problematic culture within the country music scene, saying, “I think there are people in country music that want it to be niche. They don’t want it to expand. They don’t care about it becoming more inclusive. It’s theirs and everyone else is an other, or woke, or whatever.”
“That’s sad to me, because I feel like country music at its core is people’s real story,” she added. “And to think there’s only one kind of person that gets to live them out and celebrate them is not why I’ve chosen to live there or make music within those walls.”
Morris also addressed Carlson’s segment, which she said gave her the idea to make T-shirts out of the phrase, “Lunatic country music person,” which she did.
The “80s Mercedes” singer ended up raising over $150K for the tee shirts, per Deadline, with all of the proceeds going to organizations helping trans youth.