After Little Mix debuted their new single, “Shout Out to My Ex,” on October 16, it took pop music fans approximately 10 seconds to point out its similarities to G.R.L.’s “Ugly Heart.” So much so, that G.R.L. even tweeted out a not-so-subtle response:
Now Little Mix have responded to the controversy — and they seem completely unfazed by it.
“We’re actually friends with Emmalyn from G.R.L. and she loves the song,” Jade Thirlwall said in a (pretty damn awkward) interview with a Belgian radio station. “I think every song is going to have a similar chord sequence, slightly similar lyrics, and melodies — you know, it happens all the time. But it doesn’t mean that they’re not both incredible songs.”
Even after the radio host played snippets of both “Shout Out to My Ex” and “Ugly Heart” for the girls, Jade continued, “I think maybe because it was a girl band as well, people just like to have something negative to say.”
Her bandmates chimed in as well — Leigh-Anne Pinnock observed that “Ugly Heart” sounds “a lot more country,” Perrie Edwards laughed and added, “Stop trying to hop on the bandwagon,” and Jesy Nelson really went there by commenting, “Stop trying to get publicity!”
Judge their similarities for yourself by listening to a mashup of both choruses below: