On Tuesday, the 35-year-old coach on The Voice responded to contestant Molly Stevens lodging accusations against her after she was eliminated from the NBC singing show.
It all started with an Instagram post, which has since been deleted, from Stevens, who complained about her coach, Clarkson, relating her voice to that of Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls.
“While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent, I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap,” Stevens wrote. “It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world. I am a singer-songwriter who happens to be gay. And so it @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic… But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.”
Though the post was deleted, one fan screenshot the comments and sent them to Clarkson on Twitter. The “Love So Soft” singer responded to Stevens, appearing to be hurt by her words.
“Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone to hear me and hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY,” she wrote. “I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), and the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice and that she’s an amazing storyteller.”
Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY. I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller. https://t.co/Ci5fqDKzA3
Clarkson’s comments prompted Stevens to tweet an apology.
“I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words,” she wrote. “This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you.”
Stevens was eliminated in Monday night’s Battle Round episode while competing against contestant Justin Kilgore.