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Stormzy criticises 'foul' NME over mental health cover

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Stormzy has criticised NME for putting him on its cover without permission for a story about depression.

This week's front cover of the free music magazine sees a picture of the grime artist alongside the headline "Depression: It's time to talk."

Stormzy says he did not speak to NME - the quotes the magazine ran were from a different interview.

NME's editor Mike Williams apologised and said: "Our intentions were only positive."

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In a expletive laden series of tweets, Stormzy branded NME "sly", "foul", "below the belt" and "paigons" - a slang term for traitors.

He tweeted: "[Depression] is a subject that isn't the easiest thing to speak about. And I've been careful in how I've dealt with it in the media.

"After I spoke on it I realised how widespread the issue is which made me think ok kool maybe that was the right thing to do at first.

"@NME However using my face as a poster boy for it to sell your magazine is so foul and below the belt I will never respect you lot."

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"The reason I'm so angry is because NME have been begging me to be on their cover. I have refused. Then they do this," Stormzy added.

"My issue is not about me speaking out about it. That is fine and I'm happy I'm able to help but [NME] have been very foul here."

Stormzy has previously spoken to Channel 4 News about depression - an interview which the NME covered on its website at the time.

Responding to Stormzy's tweets, editor Mike Williams said: "@Stormzy1 We were inspired by your words and wanted to use them as a springboard to talk about depression and how it shouldn't be taboo."

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"Our only intention was to raise awareness of an issue that we've been inspired to talk about following your comments," Williams added.

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