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Maren Morris has a message for her critics.
The country music star called the “prudes” in her Instagram comments that continue to slam her Playboy shoot from 2019.
The drama began after the 31-year-old recently posted a snap of her appearance, which showed the 31-year-old topless while rocking a cowboy hat.
“Before entering the next album era, I did @playboy in 2019 and got a lot of hate back then, but I’m most proud of showing country female sexuality here under its realistic form,” she captioned the black and white photograph. “We’re nuanced, we’re messy, and we’re scarred in the most beautiful way. Don’t sleep on us. We tell your stories home in the most unwavering and beautiful way.”
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While many praised Morris, one commenter wrote, “Please dress appropriately.”
Morris replied. “RESPECT 4 MOM BOOBZ.”
She also responded to the criticism on her Instagram story.
“I see this kind of comment a lot on country music accounts back home, sooooooo GET OVER IT,” Morris wrote. “Let all the prudes know that women in country music own their sexuality too.”
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Many Morris followers took to the comments section and supported the star, including singer LeAnn Rimes.
“I love this picture !” wrote the 39-year-old. “You are beautiful! Those who talk about s— are dying to let that side out of themselves. Expression, not repression.”
This isn’t the first time Morris has had to defend himself during filming. When the photoshoot was announced in June 2019, many criticized the singer’s decision to go topless.
“The thing with me is that I make music for me,” she replied on her Instagram Story at the time. “I learned later that it affects others, which is the most wonderful by-product of a songwriter’s calling. Some may shame me for my lyrics about sex, and you may put me in your little box, but I just want to live and love.”
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“I recently accepted myself and will put these pictures in a frame because I will never see that moment again,” she continued. “Can’t wait for you to read my interview with @playboy in their ‘Gender + Sexuality’ issue next week. I’m dropping some truth[s] too.”
Morris’ sixth studio album, titled “Humble Quest,” is set to be released on March 25.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.