Kelsea Ballerini revealed that a poem on her soon-to-be release debut poetry collection was inspired by a tweet she made about Morgan Wallen earlier this year.
During an interview with CBS This Morning’s Anthony Mason, Ballerini opened up about a poem called ‘The Right Side Of History’ that’s included in her just-released debut poetry collection, Feel Your Way Through.
Mason, who said he was surprised to see a poem inspired by a controversial Tweet Ballerini made within the poetry book, asked Ballerini “you also deal in the book with a particular Tweet. I was surprised to see that in there, I don’t know why.”
“Yeah, you know… the tea is piping hot Anthony,” Ballerini replied with a laugh as she sipped from her tea cup, before sharing, “I can acknowledge a misstep.”
The “Hole In The Bottle” singer then admitted that she has learned now to keep quiet.
“I have learned that sometimes, even in the purest intentions. You should keep your mouth shut and learn,” Ballerini said. “And that’s what I’m doing now.”
“Did I misstep, did I misspeak / did I f*** up with that one tweet,” the poem reads in her new book.
The poem reportedly refers to a Tweet that she made about Wallen’s use of the n-word earlier this year.
“The news out of Nashville tonight does not represent country music,” Ballerini said in a tweet in early February. A tweet that prompted backlash from fellow country star Maren Morris, who said “it actually IS representative of our town…”
The news out of Nashville tonight does not represent country music.
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) February 3, 2021
It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first “scuffle” and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) February 3, 2021
Ballerini then shared that she experienced a small taste of cancel culture and has since learned to keep quiet.
“I have had a very small, corner of cancel culture around that,” Ballerini said.
She continued to share how she is working to better herself and not get involved with things that don’t involve her.
“I am such a peacemaker by default. I’m a chronic people pleaser, I’m an only child from a divorced family,” Ballerini shared. ”I’m just like ‘everyone good? What can I do?’ So, standing up for anything is me crawling out of my skin, but it’s something that’s important to me.”
Ballerini continued, ”So, it’s something that I’m trying to learn about. Something that I’m in a lot of therapy about and something that I’m trying to do better and better and more eloquently as I get older.”
Published by Ballantine, an imprint of Random House, Ballerini’s debut poetry collection will be available as a Ballantine Hardcover beginning tomorrow, November 16, 2021.
The personal and poignant debut poetry collection from the award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer revolves around the emotions, struggles, and experiences of finding your voice and confidence as a woman.
“I’ve realized that some feelings can’t be turned into a song, so I’ve started writing poems. Just like my songs, they talk about what it’s like to be twenty-something trying to navigate a wildly beautiful and broken world,” Ballerini previously shared.
According to the publisher, “Feel Your Way Through explores the challenges and celebrates the experiences faced by Kelsea Ballerini as she navigates the twists and turns of growing into a woman today. In this book of original poetry, Ballerini addresses themes of family, relationships, body image, self-love, sexuality, and the lessons of youth. Her poems speak to the often harsh, and sometimes beautiful, onset of womanhood. Honest, humble, and ultimately hopeful, this collection reveals a new dimension of Ballerini’s artistry and talent.”
Feel Your Way Through is available for purchase HERE.