Ariel Pink says he ‘loves’ Grimes shortly after being quoted calling her ‘stupid and retarded’

US musician made comments about his 4AD label mate in newspaper interview published today

Ariel Pink has spread a message of love after being quoted as saying that label mate Grimes is “completely stupid and retarded” in a newspaper interview.

The singer-songwriter made the latest in what has proven to be a series of controversial comments in a new interview with The Guardian published today (November 15). Quizzed on his recent derogatory comments about Madonna and, subsequently, being accused of being a sexist by Grimes, Pink accused his fellow musician of being jealous of him.

“Grimes – who’s completely stupid and retarded to believe any of it – jumps in and has her two cents,” Pink said. “I’m not a misogynist. Maybe she’s angry that I’m the male version of her, who was at 4AD before her.”


When these comments were picked up on by the media, Pink took to Twitter to reach out to those he has insulted in recent months and also the publications that have written the most about him, though it remains to be seen if the comments are genuine or not.

Grimes original comments about Pink came after he claimed he’s been recruited by the Madonna’s label to work on her next record because she “need[s] something edgy” and that she can no longer “pretend that she’s 20 years old”.

Grimes subsequently called Pink’s remarks “delusional misogyny [which] is emblematic of the kind of bullshit everyone woman in this industry faces daily”.

Pink is no stranger to controversy. He recently revealed how he was maced in the face by a woman in LA after an argument over who would pay for lunch.

Ariel Pink’s new album ‘Pom Pom’ is released next week (November 17). The album is the 10th studio release by the LA musician (real name Ariel Marcus Rosenberg), but the first to be put out under a solo guise rather than as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.


‘Pom Pom’ clocks in at 69 minutes across 17 tracks and will be released through 4AD. Ariel Pink’s last record was 2012’s ‘Mature Themes’.