After announcing the latest single “In the City” earlier this month, Charli took to TikTok on Tuesday to share that she has seen many hateful comments toward Smith online. The pop star condemned the behavior she saw online.
“Hi everyone. I’m about to release a song with Sam Smith, and the experience has been really interesting,” said the British pop star, 35. “Never in my life have I seen someone receive so many hateful comments online. It’s been really disheartening.”
Charli did not mention any specific details or negative remarks she saw online, but she did give praise to her fellow collaborator.
“At the same time, I am so proud of Sam’s ability to withstand that because I know I certainly couldn’t withstand it,” she continued.
“Sam, I love you, I love our song together, and I am in awe of your strength,” concluded the “Speed Drive” singer-songwriter.
Smith has not said anything about the situation.
Charli first teased the single “In the City” on October 6th sharing a video on TikTok from the recording studio.
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“I wanted to play you something I’ve been working on if you want to hear it,” she said before playing a clip of the song. “It’s cute!”
Smith teased their involvement with a TikTok video last week, revealing their lyrics: “I knew the night that I met you / Underneath the New York City lights / Baby, don’t matter what I do / There’s an angel standing by my side.”
“In the City” was officially announced shortly afterward with more videos of Smith and Charli jamming out to the track.
“this one is really cute and fun and i’m so lucky to have @Sam Smith on it with me,” she wrote, revealing the track’s release date.
Back in August, Charli hinted at the single in the music video for her song “Speed Drive” from the Barbie film soundtrack. In the clip, the singer even gets a video call from Smith and says , “Wait, wait, wait, wait. Sorry. Hey Sam!”
“Hi Charli. Did you have a chance to listen to the new mix, babe? What’d you think?” asked the Grammy winner.
She replied, “I’m actually on set of a music video right now.”
“Oh, OK, OK. Sorry,” said Smith. “We’ve gotta submit it, so we can get it out.”
“Maybe I can call you back right after, and we can talk. Is that good?” responded Charli.
“Love it. OK, bye!” said Smith.
“In the City” will be released on Thursday to all streaming services.