As she puts it, "he basically just like shat on every good thing that was happening to me. She spoke bluntly about the backlash against her activism on behalf of the Sri Lankan Tamil ("Everybody in the media was calling me a [terrorist]") and had harsh words for Diplo, her former boyfriend and "Paper Planes" collaborator with whom she would go on to clash publicly in interviews and online after the relationship disintegrated (Lynn Hirschberg's infamous "truffle fry" profile of M. In the Q&A, Arulpragasam describes dating Diplo just as her career was beginning to take off in the States, and she paints the picture of a controlling, manipulative partner who resented her success.
Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia.
Besides me being a white dude from Florida and her being a Sri Lankan girl in England, everything else was the same: [We were both] film graduates, [listened to] all the same music when we were kids, we're going in the same direction right now in music, it was amazing... From this, Diplo went from an unknown DJ to taking off as a producer, landing him collaborations with artists like Shakira, Robyn, Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars, No Doubt and Snoop Dogg, as well as work with Maluca, Kid Sister, Die Antwoord, Alex Clare, Rolo Tomassi, Amanda Blank and Dark Meat.
I always wanted to make a beat with her, but all my beats were really shitty at the time." The two eventually collaborated on a mixtape, Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. After taking a trip to Brazil to investigate the favela music scene, and fascinated with the energy the scene had to offer, Diplo decided to import a dance-funk group Bonde do Rolê from Brazil for release on his Mad Decent record label (also housed within 'The Mausoleum').
As Mad Decent continues to grow and release tracks by big name artists, Diplo's solo career continues to grow at the same rate.
He's produced for artists such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Wale, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, Usher, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea and Aluna George.