Kylie Minogue Says Trademark Battle With Kylie Jenner Wasn't Personal
By Jennifer Drysdale
Kylie Minogue is setting the record straight.
The 49-year-old singer opened up about her trademark battle with Kylie Jenner over the name "Kylie" in a new interview with Rolling Stone, explaining that the dispute -- which she won in 2017 after Jenner attempted to trademark the name in 2014 -- was nothing personal.
"I've never met Kylie Jenner. I've never met any member of the family -- actually, I've met Kendall just in passing at a fashion event -- but I honestly don't know them," Minogue says. "It's awkward, because fans get so loyal and vocal, and we love that! But it was nothing personal at all, I'm at pains to say."
"Trademark is long, it's boring, it's expensive, and it's really important. I've been doing that for years and years. It was just causing confusion with customers. As long as it's clear, then we can all win," she continued.
Minogue appeared to majorly shade Jenner in her letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year, which described her as "a secondary reality television personality" -- while she called herself an "internationally-renowned performing artist, humanitarian and breast cancer activist known worldwide simply as ‘Kylie.’"
"What was upsetting to me was that there was -- they attributed a quote to me... Can you imagine me saying that?!" Minogue adds. "That was just unfortunate that that is how those lawyers speak. So I genuinely hope that it's understood: That certainly did not come from me."
"Good news is, that's all wrapped up, we didn't have to go to court. That's all done. And I'm sure I'll meet them one day," she shares. "The weird thing is, in America, when I am there, they would never introduce me just as 'Kylie'; it's still 'Kylie Minogue.' It took so long for people to get my name in the first place. 'Kyle?' 'No, Kyle-E!'"