Hayley Williams says she turned down a Lil Uzi Vert collaboration
1 April 2020, 14:45
Lil Uzi Vert asked Hayley Williams to collaborate with him when Paramore first decided to take a break.
Speaking to Zane Lowe for Beats 1 via FaceTime, Hayley spoke about stars wanting to work with her. She said: "I get asked to do like features on country songs sometimes. I’m no hater of country music. I mean, I grew up very young in Mississippi on Shania Twain and Dixie Chicks. I’m pretty sure Jason Aldean asked me to sing on one of his songs, and I was like…"
Hayley also revealed that Lil Uzi Vert wanted to collab but she turned him down over fears of becoming too famous.
Hayley revealed: "I remember too Uzi asking me to do some stuff with him and I know that fans are going to be so pissed at me for saying this, but I literally wrote him back on Instagram and I was like, ‘Buddy, I love you so much, but I don’t want to be that famous." She then explained why in further depth: "I told him like we were getting ready to take a break."
Hayley continued: "I obviously had a lot of issues going on that no one really knew about and I was like, ‘Bro, I just need to disappear. I don’t want to be that kind of a famous person.’ Because that is… He’s like a big artist, man. My stepbrother is obsessed with them. He was pissed when I told him the story."
Hayley previously opened up to Zane Lowe about needing to take a break from Paramore after the After Laughter era due to depression. "I had to go to intensive therapy. It was rough. It forced me to ask a lot of questions... I was self-sabotaging left and right."
Hayley is in a better place now though. She said: "Life is still hard. It didn't become a breeze overnight but it's so rich and now that I'm taking account of all these feelings, there's this beautiful rainbow versus just the deep end."