Blake Shelton has hit back at criticism over his single Minimum Wage (Picture: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Blake Shelton has made his feelings completely clear as he slammed criticism about his latest single, Minimum Wage.
The country singer debuted his track on the NYE countdown as he crooned about his relationship with fiancée Gwen Stefani.
However, the song’s title and lyrics did not go down well as some people felt it was insensitive amid the ongoing pandemic which has left people in difficult financial situations.
When the track dropped, people took issue with a line which saw Blake state: ‘Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.’
Blake defended himself during a recent appearance on iHeartRadio’s The Bobby Bones Show as he stated: ‘I roofed houses in Ada, Oklahoma, and it may have been more than minimum wage now that I think about it.
‘I think I made $8 an hour, and I feel like way back then minimum wage might’ve been $6 an hour. I stepped right into the big money roofing houses.’
The singer croons about being in love with his partner Gwen Stefani and singing that her love would make a man feel rich even if he’s on minimum wage (Picture: John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
He continued: ‘When I saw what this one was, I mean, I don’t want to dismiss everything, but it was a roll of the eyes.
‘If you can find something offensive about this song, you’re just looking for a fight, or you’re not a country music fan to begin with.’
The Voice US coach also defended the song while speaking to CMT as he stated: ‘It’s literally a love song about how if times are tight and you ain’t got much money — as long as you have love and you’re happy — at the end of the day, that’s all any of us can really hope for.’
Blake insisted the backlash was coming from people ignoring the true intentions behind his song (Picture: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
He then claimed critics of the song were choosing to ignore the song’s meaning as he added: ‘I just feel like these days, there are people out there who don’t want to know the truth. They just want to hear what they want to hear, and they want to pick a fight.
‘No matter what your intention is, no matter what the truth is, they want it to be something that they can be upset about so that they can get on social media and try to grab a headline.’
Before taking the stage to premiere the single, Blake told the show’s host, Carson Daly: ‘I can’t speak for everybody else, but I had a great 2020.
‘Even though a lot of bad stuff happened personally for me, I got engaged to Gwen Stefani, and I don’t care what else happened besides that. That made it a great year.’