The bands frontman apologies to Erikah Badu and defends her honour
michael baggs
11:55 8th June 2012

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has reached out to R&B singer Erykah Badu via Twitter to try and reconcile with the star after offending her with the unauthorised release of their duet video.

Wayne Coyne impulsively released the video which accompanies their collaboration ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. The video appears to show Badu in a bath, naked, whilst singing the Roberta Flack song, with compromising close-up shots, which Badu claiming Coyne was ‘violating’ her.

Coyne has spoken out after Badu’s fiery retaliation, tweeting, "To all the haters who think Erykah Badu has lost her mind!!! She has NOT!!! The Flaming Lips take full responsibility. For the making of and the content of the controversial video!!! We are very sorry if it has offended some of Erykah Badu's more. Conservative audience!"

Adding "The video was intended for mature audiences and is NOT an Erykah Badu statement... It is a Flaming Lips video!!!"

Badu has replied to Wayne’s Tweets with "Wayne is super creative we have this in common. nudity not the issue. trusted him 2do tasteful things with our nude footage as he promised... We consented to nudity. That's beautiful. But the edit dn't reflect his treatment. He just put it out quickly. If this is Wayne's way, it is wrong. Clearly inappropriate behavior amongst friends/artists with 'mutual' respect."

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