In a revealing new interview, Kelly Clarkson admitted that she was forced into working with scorned music producer Dr. Luke.
Kelly Clarkson worked with Dr. Luke in the past on her hit songs like “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” Now she’s opening up about what it’s really like to work with the hit-making music producer. The very first American Idol winner revealed to Australia’s KIIS 106.5 that she was not crazy about working with him.
“Her experience was different to mine. Her fans are like, ‘Why don’t you stick up for her?’ but I wasn’t there. I’ll be honest about the guy, but I don’t know that situation. He’s not a good person, to me. We’ve clashed.”
When asked why she worked with him despite her disapproval of him, Clarkson revealed that she was forced by her own record label.
“I only worked with him because literally I was blackmailed by my label.” She then added that her label threatened they wouldn’t release her music if she didn’t work with him.
Amid Kesha’s legal battle with Dr. Luke, Clarkson vaguely revealed her thoughts about him on Twitter. Responding to Kesha’s failed attempt to end her contract with Sony, Clarkson wrote: “Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke.”
Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
Back in February, Kesha’s fans slammed Kelly Clarkson when she denied the allegations that he made her cry while making her hit song “Since U Been Gone.” According to a report previously published via JustJared, a Kesha fan account claimed that Kelly Clarkson was brought to tears by the music producer. The fan quoted Clive Davis’ memoir, which Clarkson has slammed as false in the past.
The fan used the quote that “working with Dr. Luke brought @kelly_clarkson to tears. She isn’t forced to work with him like Kesha. Set Kesha free.” The tweet was deleted shortly after Clarkson tweeted: “I don’t know where this info came from but yeah this never happened ha! Why people just make s**t up is amazing 2 me.”
Kesha has been desperately trying to get out of her Sony contract. The singer-songwriter claimed that Dr. Luke has emotionally, mentally, physically, and sexually abused her over the course of the several years they worked together. Her record label will not release her from her contract and will not allow her to release any music without Dr. Luke’s involvement. Sony claims that, although Kesha has the option to work with another producer, they will choose not to promote her music.
Dr. Luke has since spoken out about the allegations on Twitter. He has denied everything that Kesha has claimed, and so have his mother and sister. After Clarkson revealed her side of her story, some would say it’s clear that Dr. Luke is not innocent. In the wake of Kesha’s ongoing legal battle, many stars and musicians have joined the #FreeKesha campaign on social media.
Lady Gaga has continued to share her support for Kesha on various social media accounts. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift sent the singer $250,000 to help pay for her legal fees. Adele was the latest big name to publicly support Kesha while she accepted one of four Brit Awards in London a few weeks ago.
Amid Kelly Clarkson’s comments, Kesha accepted the HRC Visibility award at the Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner. She also gave an emotional acceptance speech about her legal battle against Dr. Luke.
“Many of you know I’m going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately, and I just want to say thank you for any support I’ve received. I’ve met many members of the LGBT community and some very, very close friends who have come close to taking their own lives because of the abuse they’ve had to deal with, and that is heartbreaking. I don’t want to live in a world where we treat each other like that. That’s why my message has always been about being yourself, and we really have to love each other and support each other.”
“I just read an article about [the case], literally right before I made the tweet because I didn’t know her personally. I thought sending a tweet was kind of the best way to get in touch with her. The only thing I can really do to help is produce songs and that’s what I offered. Her team actually hit us back confirming that I was serious about it, which is really cool. I’m obviously very serious about it, so maybe something will happen. Maybe there’s something I can do. Maybe we can do some music. Nothing I can say right now, but it would be cool.
“All I know is that she’s in a very rough position and if there’s anything I can ever do to help I’ll always be happy to do that.”
Music producer Jack Antonoff has also offered his help and support for the pop star on Twitter. With Kelly Clarkson and other artists speaking out, there’s some hope that Kesha will finally be freed from her contract.
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