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La Roux reveals she once had to write an apology email to Kanye West

05 May 2020, 17:37 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

In a recent podcast episode, La Roux has revealed that she had to write Kanye West an apology via email after he requested one.

In March, La Roux, aka Elly Jackson, spoke to BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart for his Slacker podcast series and discussed what it was like to work with Kanye West in 2010 on his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.

She said of the process, "Collaboration is too much of a strong word. I just turned up and did what I was told."

Jackson added, "He’s one of those people that’s not 100% normal. It’s kind of a fascinating world to be in. You can’t talk about anything normal. You can’t just have a normal conversation - I didn’t manage to anyway, I found it impossible."

When she returned to the UK La Roux told her friend about the experience, and it managed to get back to Kanye West, and he demanded a written apology from the singer, "I remember writing it sat on my sofa," said Jackson. "Lolling to myself: ‘Dear Kanye…’ It was ridiculous, I just wrote it all with a massive grin on my face. They do genuinely have quite a lot of power! I was like: ‘I think I am going to actually apologise! It’s no skin off my nose.'"

She also added that while he didn't treat her badly, she did witness "some behaviour - that wasn’t directed towards me - that I can’t approve as a fellow human being."

Jackson didn't go into details, but said, "[Kanye] was absolutely lovely to me, he was. It’s a hierarchical situation, I don’t know what to say. I don’t like hierarchy, and I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I do. And I’m not gonna also [partake] in this ‘conspiracy of silence’ where everyone pretends everything is fucking normal when it’s blatantly not. I’m not that person, I can’t cover shit up."

Last month, La Roux released a Tyler, The Creator remix of her "Automatic Driver" track.
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