T’pau singer Carol Decker tells GB News she only recognised Welsh as ‘not English’
Carol Decker, the lead singer of T’Pau has appeared on GB News to defend her social media comments about the Welsh language.
She caused a storm of criticism on Twitter after reacting to a photo of bilingual Welsh supermarket signage, saying, “the aisle signs are in a foreign language. It’s not a UK supermarket!”
Interviewed by Mark Dolan on The Big Question, she said that despite having lived in Wales and regularly visiting she only recognised the writing on the signs as being ‘not English’.
She said: “It was a foreign language – to me. So I said is this a UK supermarket because that’s a foreign language?
“And then, apparently it was Welsh which – to me – is a foreign language. I didn’t recognise it. I just recognised it as not English.”
She said that she loved Wales but those that had ‘piled on’ her social media comments could ‘shove it’’.
She said: “If anyone’s watching now from the people who piled in on me, you know where you can shove it.
“I love Wales and I’m sorry that I don’t speak Welsh or recognise it when I read it because I’m not Welsh.”
She said that she has a strong connection with Wales, having had a house in Monmouth and regularly recording at the nearby Rockfield studios.
Carol Decker’s original comments were in response to a joke post showing a photo of empty shelves that had been ‘filled’ with messages mocking Brexit supporters.
The background of the image is a Welsh supermarket with bilingual signage.