Ben Lee and Kyle Sandilands bury hatchet after vaccine feud

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Ben Lee and Kyle Sandilands bury the hatchet after falling out over Guy Sebastian’s vaccination campaign backflip










Musician Ben Lee and radio host Kyle Sandilands have finally ended their rivalry.

The couple clashed last month after Ben publicly criticized Guy Sebastian, who is friends with Kyle, for his decision to withdraw support for the #VaxTheNation campaign, citing his belief that getting the shot should be a personal choice.

The pair calmly discussed their disagreement and the larger debate over Guy’s “pro-choice” argument on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday.

“I blindly defend my friends, even if they are wrong,” Kyle said. “I will defend immediately, sometimes to my own detriment. I went hard on Guy’s defense.

“I admire that, that nobility, standing up for friends and all that,” Ben replied.

The musician, 43, said he didn’t want to “stack Guy” on his stance on vaccines, but said “public messages about vaccinations” were important.

Fall: The couple struggled last month after Ben publicly criticized Guy Sebastian, who is friends with Kyle (pictured), for his decision to withdraw support for the #VaxTheNation campaign, citing his belief that getting the vaccine should be a personal choice

Fall: The couple struggled last month after Ben publicly criticized Guy Sebastian, who is friends with Kyle (pictured), for his decision to withdraw support for the #VaxTheNation campaign, citing his belief that getting the vaccine should be a personal choice

Ben also told Kyle that he didn’t appreciate the personal tone of his criticism.

“I thought about the way you went into a personal attack, and I know it’s an old habit for you, but it’s an outdated and archaic way of having a dialogue,” he said. .

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The singer-songwriter went on to say that there must be a discussion about ‘how artists will use their platforms and connect with their audience ”.

Kyle disagreed, saying artists should ‘shut up’ when it comes to politics.

However, Ben argued that public health issues “are not political”.

Public health measures: Kyle said artists should 'shut up' when it comes to politics'.  However, Ben (pictured with Ione Skye) argued that public health issues

Public health measures: Kyle said artists should ‘shut up’ when it comes to politics’. However, Ben (pictured with Ione Skye) argued that public health issues “are not political”

“The majority of Australians are confident they will agree with a public health initiative that will take live music back,” he added.

“I think it’s the perfect thing for musicians to get involved; it’s not about telling people who to vote for.

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The duo’s initial argument came after Guy withdrew his support for the #VaxTheNation campaign from the live music industry, arguing that getting the shot should be a personal choice.

The vocal coach had previously joined dozens of Australian musicians to encourage Australians to get the jab in order to restart the entertainment industry.

But he withdrew from the campaign after being trolled by anti-vaccines and started preaching a “pro-choice” narrative instead – even though vaccination is the only way out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Change of opinion: Judge Voice initially encouraged Australians to get vaccinated as part of the Vaxthenation campaign, which was designed to encourage people to get the jab so the live music and entertainment industry can operate again

Change of opinion: Judge Voice initially encouraged Australians to get vaccinated as part of the Vaxthenation campaign, which was designed to encourage people to get the jab so the live music and entertainment industry can operate again

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