Maren Morris says she lost 5,000 social media followers after sharing photo of Parkland shooting survivor: 'Not many country artists speak up'

Country singer Maren Morris doesn’t regret anything that she’s said publicly, even though it’s cost her.

“Every time I’ve spoken up or clapped back at some troll, it has been very much me,” Morris says in a new interview with Playboy. “I wouldn’t go back on any of it, because they deserved it. Body shamers? They’re asking for it. I would never regret calling them out.”

Morris says she lost about 5,000 followers on social media after posting a photo of Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead and inspired survivors like Gonzalez to advocate for gun control. For Morris, the alternative to that, to stop herself from saying what she feels, would be worse.

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“To not be able to share an opinion, or to lose fans and ticket sales over it, is so mind-boggling to me, because it’s an American right — a human right — to be able to voice your opinion,” she tells writer Andrea Domanick. “Of course, any fan has the choice to quit buying your music or listening to it. But as a tax-paying citizen, I should be allowed to speak up when I’m passionate about something.”

Morris wants her fans to know what she really feels.

“It’s always to increase awareness. It’s to let my fans know where I stand. I don’t want to be one of those head-in-the-sand artists who’s only worried about keeping the money in my pocket,” she says. “I get only one life here, and if I’m going to be a musician and do this thing I’ve been given a gift for, I would like people to know what I believe in. This is where I stand, this is what I want, this is the world I want my kids to live in. That’s why I speak up when I do. It definitely ruffles feathers. Not many country artists speak up.”

However, Morris dispels the notion that, as a country artist, she’s held back.

“That I’m restrained in any way is a dumb perception, because I’ve tried to kick ass at everything I do,” she says. “I work hard. I wish the same for my sisters, because they work just as hard, if not harder, than I do, and they don’t get a single spin on the radio, I don’t think I’m pissing on my success by speaking up for them. I’m just trying to say, while I have the success and while I’m here, why aren’t any of my friends getting played? I want to shine a light while I have it and not let it be just about me.”

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Maren Morris attends the 2012 New Music Seminar Opening Night Party at Webster Hall on June 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 01: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris performs during The Girls of Winter benefit show at the City Winery Nashville on March 1, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Maren Morris attends Off The Record High End Fashion event on November 1, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Featuring national designers John Varvatos, Gucci, Johnathan Kayne among others with artists Old Dominion, Maren Morris, Phil Vassar, Big Kenny, and more. Produced by Neste Event Marketing/EntertainmentBuy's Gil and Liz Cunningham, coordinated by Jessica Beattie with celebrity stylist Christiev Alphin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Off The Record)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 03: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris attends the 63rd Annual BMI Country awards on November 3, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 02: Musician Maren Morris attends Westwood One Presents #WWOBackstage @ 51st ACMs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/ACM2016/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Singer Maren Morris attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Maren Morris visits at SiriusXM Studio on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Maren Morris performs live on 'Good Morning America,' 4/25/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MAREN MORRIS
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Musician Maren Morris attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Maren Morris in the press room during CMA Music Fest on June 9, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sara Kauss/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12: Maren Morris performs during the 2016 Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 12, 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 27: Maren Morris performs for campers during the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp at the Bluebird Cafe on June 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Academy of Country Music)
GEORGE, WA - JULY 31: Maren Morris performs on stage during the Watershed Music Festival at Gorge Amphitheatre on July 31, 2016 in George, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 30: Musical artists Maren Morris (L) and Tanya Tucker attend the 10th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on August 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 04: Maren Morris performs on Day 3 of the 2016 Bumbershoot Festival at Seattle Center on September 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 30: Maren Morris performs in concert during the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on September 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Maren Morris is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Maren Morris poses with New Artist of the Year award backstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Maren Morris attends Billboard Women In Music 2016 Airing December 12th On Lifetime at Pier 36 on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for A+E)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artist Maren Morris attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Maren Morris attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artist Maren Morris performs onstage at Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Maren Morris, winner of the Best Country Solo Performance Award for 'My Church', poses in the press room during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 31: Singer Maren Morris poses at SiriusXM's The Highway Channel broadcast backstage leading up to the Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on March 31, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Singers Charles Kelley (L) and Maren Morris attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 08: Maren Morris performs during the Tortuga Music Festival at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park on April 8, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Maren Morris appears at The Barnstable Brown Gala on May 5, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 18: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris attends the Music Biz 2017 Awards Luncheon sponsored by BuzzAngle Music at Renaissance Nashville Hotel on May 18, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Music Business Association)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer-songwriter Maren Morris performs onstage during day 3 of the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 23: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris (L) and Ryan Hurd (R) attend the 11th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Maren Morris performs a private concert for SiriusXM at The McKittrick Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer/Songwriter Maren Morris performs during Sam Hunt 15 In A 30 Tour Featuring Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese at Ascend Amphitheater on September 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris attends the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 07: Maren Morris attends the 65th Annual BMI Country awards on November 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Maren Morris performs at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on November 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)
PEMBROKE PINES, FL - JANUARY 20: Maren Morris performs onstage at the 33rd Annual Kiss 99.9 Chili Cookoff at CB Smith Park on January 20, 2018 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Maren Morris visits at SiriusXM Studios on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Maren Morris poses for a portrait at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - I'm Still Standing: A GRAMMY Salute To Elton John at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2018 in New York City. The show airs April 10th 2018 on CBS. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Maren Morris is seen arriving to the Oscar de la Renta fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Cunard Building on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: Maren Morris attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards Cumulus/Westwood One Radio Remotes at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Maren Morris attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Maren Morris attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2018/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Maren Morris attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2018/FilmMagic for ACM)
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The “GIRL” singer has something else to say about those other women, too, after she’s asked about the inspiration for that song.

“It’s about a fight I was having with another woman who’s also in the music industry,” explains Morris, who also writes and produces music. “Women in this industry are often pitted against each other. It’s not our fault, but we internalize it, because that’s what women do. We take on the weight, because we’re always so quick to apologize and make peace when we should be like, ‘Actually, this is their issue, not ours. We need to figure this out. It’s not our fault there are so few slots that we turn on each other.”

Morris, who married country singer Ryan Hurd in 2013, also answered a question about what she wants people to know that she’s become so recognizable. She was nominated for an impressive five Grammy awards this year. (She won her first Grammy in 2017.)

“I would love for people to do their research and know that I’m not just an artist,” she says. “I started as a writer and wrote for other artists, and I co-produced my last two albums. I don’t get a ton of questions about my work in that realm. It’s always, ‘So you changed your hair and, like, how crazy is that?’ It’s like, Motherf***er, I produced my album, thanks.”

Read the full interview in the new issue of Playboy, now available for download and for sale on newsstands.

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