Kate Bush has released a statement to clarify that she is not a supporter of the Conservative party. The clarification comes two years after she was quoted praising, Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a magazine interview. In 2016, Bush was speaking to Canadian magazine ‘Macleans’, when she was asked about Hilary Clinton and “the fear of women’s power.”
In response, Bush was quoted as saying: “We have a female Prime Minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful. She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear.” She continued, “I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time.” She continued, “I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country.”
Her comments were then interpreted, at the time, as an endorsement of Brexit and conservative party policy. However, writing on her website, Bush said her comments were quoted “out of context” and that she found the experience “deeply frustrating”. She continued: “At the time I discussed the idea of responding to it with close friends and we all agreed it was best to let it go.”
However, the quote continued to resurface, most recently in coverage of her remastered back catalogue, and a book of her lyrics, which was published last month, which has prompted her to issue a clarification. Bush clarified that her, “response to the interviewer was not meant to be political but rather was in the defence of women in power.”
“I felt he was putting a really negative slant on powerful women, referring to a witch hunt involving Hillary Clinton. In response I said that we had a woman in charge of our country, and that I felt it was a good thing to have women in power.
“I should have been clearer when I then said it was the best thing that had happened to us for a long time – because I greatly disliked the behaviour of the previous PM [David Cameron], who at that point I felt had abandoned us and everybody felt angry and let down,” she said.
She added that, with the latest resurfacing of the article, it “could make it seem like I am a Tory supporter, which I want to make clear I am not”. The star concluded her statement by saying: “I won’t be commenting further on this, but feel it’s become so pervasive that I felt I needed to clarify this matter once and for all.”
The star is notoriously private, she rarely gives interviews and talks about politics even less frequently. However, in 1990 she wrote the score for an episode of the TV comedy ‘The Comic Strip Presents…’ that featured a homage to Labour politician Ken Livingstone.