Diplo and M.I.A.’s feud has been going on for so long that I barely remember a time when they were collaborators, let alone romantic partners. The spats are ongoing, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. stated that Diplo was controlling and envious of her success when she signed to Interscope:
By the time that was happening to me, I was with Diplo and he basically just like shat on every good thing that was happening to me, and I just didn’t enjoy it because if I was on a cover of a magazine he’ll be like, “What do you want to do, like be on the dentist waiting room table? Like, is that what a magazine is for? It’s corny. Like, don’t do magazines.” … When I got signed by Interscope, he literally smashed my hotel room and broke all the furniture because he was so angry I got picked up by a major label and it was the corniest thing in the world that could possibly happen. And then Missy Elliott called me for the first time in 2005 to work with me on her record, and I’m sure we had a massive fight about that — the fact that I was talking to anyone who was, like, popular. I wish I enjoyed it because I had this person on my shoulder the whole time saying, “It’s shit, it’s shit, it’s shit. You shouldn’t be on the charts. You shouldn’t be in the magazines and you should not be going to interviews. You should not be doing collaborations with famous people. You should be an underground artist.” So the whole two years I was with him, I just let him dictate. I basically had this man dictate to me how everything in America that I experienced was completely, like, irrelevant and it was nothing. So it was kind of a weird time for me.
When asked about M.I.A.’s accusations, Diplo made the following statement in a Q&A with Billboard that ran last Thursday:
I met her the next day at a hotel, and she apologized; I hadn’t seen her in five years. Nothing she said is a lie. I was really jealous and sad, and probably mad when she signed to a major label. I had a lot of control when we started, and I was really proud of the music we made. The label promised her all these people to work with, and I was like, “But your thing is this.” I probably made mistakes in our relationship, but we made awesome music. Every time we had a fight, we made good music after. I want to find a new artist I can fight with all the time and make awesome songs with. That’s Skrillex. (Laughs.) We’re thinking about doing something for Major Lazer with her. She’s so awesome still, and her attitude is much better now.
According to M.I.A., an apology, formal or otherwise, was never issued. Last week, she took to Twitter to call out Diplo for his false assertion that peace had been made:
I didn't apologies, I said you owe an apology to my people
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) April 23, 2015
Diplo fired back two days later:
Wouldn't have expected you to be honest lol it doesn't matter to me as long as u ok with yourself
— somebody to lean on (@diplo) April 26, 2015
That’s probably not the end of it.