The 2010 X Factor winner was asked how he felt about the Manic Street Preachers bassist's description of him on The Jo Whiley Music Show as "Coldplay, Snow Patrol-lite".
"Who is Nicky Wire?" Cardle asked Metro.
"I've heard a few of [Manic Street Preachers'] tracks in the past and I haven't minded them - I just wouldn't know who he was."
Wire said last month: "Matt's the first Coldplay, Snow Patrol-lite X Factor winner.
"He will probably do really well because he's a watered-down version of an already watered-down couple of bands."
Of his previous comments that "singing pop songs without my guitar and covered in make-up didn't sit right", Cardle said: "That was taken out of context. I was talking about wearing yellow trousers. Looking back, it's not that terrible.
"We all wore something funky on the show but wearing yellow trousers isn't the coolest move, is it? It's a great show and I'd never slate it, and I don't know why people think I have."
Manic Street Preachers released their career-spanning singles collection National Treasures last month.
Cardle's debut album Letters, also released in October, entered the UK album charts at number two.
Fellow musician Professor Green recently said that Cardle's single 'Run For Your Life' is "f**king horrendous".
Cardle recently confirmed that the next single from Letters would be 'Starlight', which he has co-written with Ash Howes, Richard Stannard and Seton Daun.
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Watch the Matt Cardle 'Starlight' music video below: