EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Trainor Admits She Approved Photoshopped Music Video: 'I Take Full Blame'

by Jackie Willis 10:56 AM PDT, May 10, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Trainor Admits She Approved Photoshopped Music Video: 'I Take Full Blame'

Meghan Trainor has admitted to ET she did have a say in the post production of her "Me Too" music video.

The pop star announced to her Snapchat followers on Monday night that she would be removing the video from YouTube because her waist was Photoshopped. "We didn't have a lot of time for this video and we had to wrap it around pretty quick. They had like a day to get beauty and color done," she explained. "I take full blame for not seeing it."

However, Trainor did have time to sign off on an earlier version of the video. "I approved a version, but I remember we were so focused on the car scene for a lot of takes, because they had filters over it to make it look like a video recording," she said. "I said, 'No,' and I was only really looking at that part, and to make sure the filter [was] off."

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Trainor revealed that she didn't take notice of the Photoshopping until fans started sharing the video. "It was very rushed, and I guess I didn't pay enough attention to the dance scene," she said. "When I saw it out, the fans were posting pictures of it, and I said, 'Why are fans, like, Photoshopping my waist?' And then I said, 'Oh god, is that the video?' Then I freaked out and called everyone."

The 22-year-old singer added that she was surprised the scenes managed to get overlooked. "We are all just banging our heads against the wall. How did we miss that?" she shared. "And I am more upset because I don't want this whole music video and song, my second single, to be all focused on the Photoshopping, you know?"

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The GRAMMY winner told ET that she is adamant about not sending the wrong message to her young fans. "I don't want them to think that my waist is that tiny," she insisted. "They kept my butt the same size, so the proportions were just unrealistic. Like it was more intense than Nicki Minaj's amazing curves, compared to her waist."

Trainor said the whole experience has "confused and frustrated" her.


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"I was upset because it wasn't something that I said, 'Please make me skinnier,' you know?" she implored. "[I] called them and said, 'Please, I never asked you to touch my waist, can I please have my waist back?' And when I got my waist, I was very happy with it, and I didn't see why you would need to bring it in smaller."

Trainor also spoke to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, and said she was quite pleased with how she looked when shooting the "Me Too" music video. "I had a bomb waist that night," she said. "The video is still one of my favorite videos I've ever done. I'm very proud of it. I just am pi**ed off that they broke my ribs, you know?"

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When Trainor chatted with ET's Sophie Schillaci recently while promoting her new album, Thank You, she revealed the message behind the track. "It's another confident song ‘cause I told them I want more self-love songs," she explained. "We killed it on the first album with that, so this is another very confident one that I want everyone to start singing, like, 'If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.'"

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She also admitted that her team did run into problems when initially thinking up ideas for the video.

"The music video, we struggled for a minute, like, 'How do we do this and be funny with it and have fun with it instead of trying to be serious and say those words?'" she continued. "So, I actually wrote up the treatment myself as a day in the life of Meghan Trainor."

On Tuesday afternoon, Trainor released the Photoshop free version of "Me Too."

"The real #MeToo video is finally up! Missed that bass," she tweeted. "Thank you everyone for the support."

As a bonus, Trainor also started streaming her album early on Apple Music.

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