Kate Bush has come out in support of Theresa May, revealing in a new interview that she thinks the UK prime minister is “wonderful”.
The elusive auteur dropped the bombshell during a conversation with Canadian current affairs magazine Macleans. Speaking ahead of the release of her new live album Before the Dawn, Bush began revisiting the meanings behind several of her older tracks. This included the 1985 song “Waking the Witch”, which was apparently written about the “fear of women’s power”.
Asked whether she felt the fear was “stronger than ever” following Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the singer brought up May. “We have a female prime minister here in the UK,” she said. “I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful. I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time.”
“She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear. I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She’s very sensible and I think that’s a good thing at this point in time.”
The art-pop legend’s surprise support of the Tory leader has – predictably – sparked outrage on social media, with many threatening to boycott her music. Despite that, Before the Dawn is currently on the way to becoming Bush’s first number one album in more than three decades.
The news comes just days after the singer released the video for the single “And Dream of Sheep”. The three-minute clip reportedly saw Bush contract mild hypothermia after the first day of filming. “She recovered after a day off and carried on filming,” explained a spokesperson. “Everyone agreed it had added to the authenticity of the performance.”