Gonzales hit headlines late last month (Sep15) after claiming Hozier's tune sounded identical to How Come You Never Go There, the 2011 track he produced for singer Feist.

He even compared the two songs musically in an episode of his Pop Music Masterclass video series for German radio station 1Live, in which he said, "I'm being told by the research staff that Feist's track came out well over a year before Hozier's. Doesn't look so good does it? Take Me To Church? Maybe Feist should take him to court."

The Irishman's manager, Caroline Downey, subsequently dismissed the plagiarism accusations as "groundless" and last week (ends02Oct15), Hozier reportedly filed a defamation suit against Gonzales in Dublin's High Court.

The news of the alleged legal notice prompted Gonzales to formally apologise to Hozier via a post on his official Facebook profile.

"I would like to fully retract any and all implication of copyright infringement in last week's Pop Music Masterclass 'Take Me To Church' and sincerely apologize to Hozier, whose work I respect," he wrote on Monday (05Oct15).

Hozier has since accepted the apology, and has used the opportunity to clarify the lawsuit claims, insisting he only wanted an "apology and redaction".

"There has been some talk in the press of legal action," he writes. "I'd like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does.

"What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral. This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue. Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part."