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Jameela Jamil defends her producing credit on boyfriend James Blake’s album

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Jameela produced nine of the 12 songs on James’s new album (Picture: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for dcp)

Jameela Jamil has hit out people who accused her of not producing her boyfriend James Blake’s album, saying she is ‘sick of the internet’.

The Good Place actress is credited as a producer of nine out of the 12 songs on James’s fifth album Friends That Break Your Heart, which was released last week.

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Jameela, 35, celebrated the album release, writing on social media: ‘Wowwww he looks so good in Times Square!!! The privilege of my life was getting to work on this record. It was quite a journey and this man bled his whole soul into this record for you. I hope the people who lost friendships find it healing. BRAVO @jamesblake YOU FREAK OF NATURE!’

James, 33, replied: ‘Couldn’t have done it without you. The privilege was mine!!’

However, Jameela was apparently hit with accusations that she didn’t produce the album, as she later tweeted: ‘A lot of mostly women insisting I couldn’t possibly have actually worked on my boyfriend’s music, and that he must have just credited me to be nice… I was a DJ for 8 years, and studied music for 6 years before that. You are part of the problem of why women don’t pursue producing.’

She jokingly added: ‘People DID however believe Kamilah ghost produced the entire record…’, referencing her The Good Place character Tahani’s twin sister. 

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Jameela went into more depth over on her Instagram account, saying that James had convinced her to take the credit.

She wrote: ‘Man. James had to fight me to take credit on this album because I was so Preemptively sick of the internet. Especially after this same thing happened on his last record that I worked for countless hours on.

‘An additional hilarious side to this misogyny is that they only don’t believe in my musical input when they love the songs. If they don’t like a song then suddenly I CAN produce and it’s all my fault, and I produced the whole thing alone! LOL.

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‘In the end I took the credit I deserved because of how important it is for women who work on music to visibly exist in the space of music production, and because I would want any of you who follow me to take ownership of what is rightfully your achievements.’

The star continued: ‘I hope you’re taking credit for your work wherever you are in the world right now. I hope you know that if you’re not being believed over your achievements… that it’s not a reflection of you… it’s a reflection of people who are so underachieving, cowardly and insecure that they can’t fathom that you could be impressive. And it happens at every level in every industry. Even to me. Even when I don’t credit myself, my boyfriend just quietly credited me.

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The couple has been together for six years (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

‘We are in this s*** together. Representation matters. It is not our responsibility to be believed, liked, understood or approved of. You just carry on as you are. I’m right there with you. Giving everyone the finger!’

Jameela – who has been in a relationship with James since 2015 – began DJing in 2010, and became the host of The Official Chart on Radio 1 in 2012. 

In recent years, she has become more known as an actress thanks to her role on The Good Place, and will soon star as Titania in the Disney+ series She-Hulk. 

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