Olly Murs Responds to Criticism Over New Song ‘I Hate You When You’re Drunk’

Jill O'Rourke
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Former X Factor star Olly Murs recently faced backlash for the lyrics to his song “I Hate You When You’re Drunk,” off his new album Marry Me. The singer has since responded to the criticism, saying it was “upsetting” to see so much negative reaction to the track.


Olly Murs Receives Backlash Over ‘I Hate You When You’re Drunk’

“Oh, you’re slurring all your words / There’s makeup on your shirt,” Murs sings to open the new song. “You’re dancin’ on the tables, can’t you see / That you look like a mess and you’re singin’ Whitney.” He later tells the song’s subject to “quit acting like a fool.”

Several Twitter users shared their thoughts on the song, with one calling it a “misogynist monstrosity.” Radio host Shaun Keaveny called Murs “quite the sad, controlling boyfriend,” adding, “I look forward to her reply song ‘I Hate You When You Sing.'”

Murs’ fiancée Amelia Tank responded on Instagram, writing, “Many thanks for your concern here however I can confirm that I in fact love my *NON* controlling *FIANCE* even more when he sings and this latest single is actually one of my favorites from the album.”


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Murs Responded to the Criticism

During a recent interview on BBC Breakfast, Murs responded to the criticism over the song’s lyrics, saying, “It’s obviously upsetting to think that people took it that way because it was not that intention. It was a song that I really related to in the studio.”

He added that he had a New Year’s resolution not to drink for a year, explaining that he thought “I hate you when you’re drunk” about friends and family when he was out with them.” As Murs shared, “It was never about Amelia or anyone, it was just a song that we really related with at that time. So, for people to take it that way, I was really upset by it.”


Murs acknowledged that things can look “a lot worse” when you see them written out, adding, “When you listen to the song and you understand the type of artist I am, it was just more in a cheeky fun way.”

“If there was anyone that I would thought would have got offended by it,” Murs continued, “it would probably be Amelia if she thought it was about her, but it actually wasn’t. We move on.”

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