Guy Sebastian has settled his feud with fellow musician Ben Lee after the pair argued last week over The Voice coach’s decision to boycott the #VaxTheNation campaign.
Ben, 43, had accused Guy on Twitter of ‘trying to be everything to all people’ after he withdrew his support for the campaign urging Aussies to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to end the cycle of lockdowns and live music industry to restart.
While his comments suggested the Australian Idol winner had succumbed to pressure from anti-vaxxers, Ben has since told I swear I never podcast they are on good terms after spreading “the situation” privately.
Guy Sebastian (left) has settled his feud with fellow musician Ben Lee (right) after the pair argued last week over The Voice coach’s decision to boycott the #VaxTheNation campaign
Lee told hosts Nina Young and Bek Day that his tweet wasn’t supposed to start a “stack-on,” adding, “I actually feel like [Guy] in this situation, and I think he’s trying to respect the values of his audience, his family and the people around him.
“Me and he were DMing last night and trying to spread the situation a little bit. I said I think part of the reason the clarifications you’ve made haven’t come through is that if you continue to focus on this aspect of “personal choice” it could almost be interpreted as a dog whistle for anti-vaxxers .
“While the reality is, we’re not talking about mandating vaccines, we’re talking about taking collective action on public health. There is no suggestion that vaccines will be forced.”
Ben, 43, had accused Guy on Twitter of ‘trying to be everything to all people’ after he withdrew his support for the campaign urging Aussies to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to end the cycle of lockdowns and live music industry to restart
The saga began last Monday when Guy, 39, shared a post on Instagram endorsing the #VaxTheNation campaign, but deleted it hours later and uploaded a bizarre video apologizing to his fans.
While he didn’t specify his reasons for backpedalling, it’s believed he withdrew his support after being trolled on social media by anti-vaxxers.
‘Hello everyone. I just wanted to jump on this and clear something up,” he said in his video, which was filmed at his $3.1 million Maroubra home.
While his comments suggested Guy succumbed to pressure from anti-vaxxers, Ben has since revealed that they are on good terms after he privately spread “the situation” via DMs. Pictured: A mock-up of the conversation, as narrated by Ben on the I Swear I Never podcast
“I’m sure some of you today may have seen a call from the industry with the best of intentions for our live music industry, which has been absolutely decimated, trying to find a way forward so we can all come together again.
“I’ve always done everything I can to support my industry, but the campaign was posted to my page without my direct involvement.
“And while I, like everyone else in my industry, want things to get going again, it’s not my role to communicate the way that post was communicated.”
“I would never tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices,” Guy added, referring to the Covid vaccine.
“I’m very sensitive to it, not only on a public level, but also in my personal life with people who have had circumstances that they need to consider when making these choices.”
He continued: “I just want to say I’m really sorry. It was not a message communicated with love or compassion, which I think is necessary when it comes to things like vaccinations.
“I just wanted to clarify that so I can speak my truth and people know how I really feel. So a lot of love.’
Fans and fellow musicians expressed disappointment after Guy withdrew his support for the campaign, with one tweet: ‘Is he telling the industry he’s above #VaxTheNation?
‘As soon as his supporters are no longer allowed to attend a show, there will be another backflip! Without the backbone it will be easier for him!’
Perth alternative rock trio Shangrila commented: ‘I love you Guy Sebastian and I know there’s no win in that fight for you (the comments were crazy) but I wish you wouldn’t shy away from this postman. #VaxTheNation.’
Ben then tweeted: “To be honest, this is actually a really sad example of what happens when your career is dependent on trying to be everything to all people.”