Morrissey says Miley Cyrus’s album exit had nothing to do with his politics

Morrissey spoke out after Miley Cyrus opted out of a guest spot on his upcoming album, denying that the singer did so because of his political views, which he said “certainly aren’t very right”.

In a lengthy statement published on Thursday, the former Smiths frontman also attacked the “vulture cancellation” and alleged the existence of a campaign to “put [him] out of circulation.”

Last month, Morrissey, 63, announced that Cyrus had asked to be removed from the yet to be released Bonfire of Teenagers album, which was supposed to feature her backing vocals on a song called I Am Veronica.

He said Cyrus’ decision was made when he parted ways with Capitol Records.

In a new post shared on his website on Friday night, Morrissey said Cyrus, 30, chose not to appear on the album due to a private conflict unrelated to him.

“Actually, Miley withdrew for reasons unrelated to me after a serious run-in with a key figure in the ‘circle’,” he wrote, adding that he would not reveal details of the “private fight.”

“Miley knew all about me when she came to sing ‘I Am Veronica’ almost two years ago; entered the studio already singing the song,” the statement reads.

“She volunteered. I didn’t ask for her involvement. Her professionalism was astounding and her vocals were delightful. Every minute I spent with Miley was loving and fun.”

On politics, the singer has denied being far-right – an accusation following controversial comments about race and racism, as well as his support for the now-defunct far-right anti-Islamic party For Britain.

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“Although the left has changed and left me many years ago, I am most certainly not the far right and I have never met anyone who claims to be the far right,” he wrote.

“My policy is simple: I recognize reality. Therefore, I regret to inform some of you that I am absolutely not far right.”

Morrissey criticized what he considered “cancellation vultures” who “attack only those they are most envious of”.

He also mentioned four unnamed men in the UK in “prominent social media positions” who he said initially campaigned to “destroy my career”.

“At some point, each of them was hoping for a candlelight friendship with me, and that didn’t happen,” he said. “Their rage for attention took a different turn. They want some form of Wikipedia mention as well as a future personal index in “Who Killed Morrissey?”

Right now, the future of Bonfire of Teenagers seems uncertain. Morrissey’s November post said it was no longer slated for February 2023, and “[its] fate is solely in the hands of Capitol Records (Los Angeles).”

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