American singer Kelly Clarkson voiced her own horrific first-hand experience with music producer Dr. Luke, who is currently in a legal battle with pop singer Kesha. In the past few months, Dr. Luke has been under fire for allegedly sexually abusing Kesha, whom he discovered and took under his wing when she was 18.
With the tarnished Dr. Luke making headlines for his notoriety, people are waiting for other musicians to come out and tell their own bad experiences with the ill-famed producer. Now, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has come out to recount the time that she worked with Lukasz Gottwald, popularly known as Dr. Luke.
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In a recent interview with Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O, Kelly Clarkson said that Dr. Luke was “not a good person” to her. Clarkson and the producer collaborated twice: first on her 2004 single, “Since U Been Gone,” and again in 2009 for her hit “My Life Would Suck Without You.”
“We’ve clashed,” she added, remembering how they both had differences with regard to work at the time. Kelly Clarkson went further in describing Dr. Luke’s attitude towards her, stating, “But I can remark on his character and unfortunately, when you have that poor of character, like so many artists don’t like you, don’t like working with you, that’s not normal. Most of us — I get along with everybody I work with, I love everyone I work with, and he’s just not a good guy for me, to me.”
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Restraining from divulging too many specifics on her bad experience with Dr. Luke, Clarkson said she was “blackmailed” by her label into working with the infamous music producer. The “Piece by Piece” songstress said her label threatened to not release her album if she did not comply. She went on to reiterate how “demeaning” Dr. Luke was, adding that he constantly pressured her, which made their working relationship even more difficult.
“He’s kind of difficult to work with and kind of demeaning. It’s kind of unfortunate,” she noted.
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In spite of Dr. Luke’s bad reputation among musicians, the 33-year-old singer remains cognizant of his talent. “I get along with everybody I work with. Obviously, he’s a talented dude… He’s just not a good guy,” she explained.
When asked for an opinion regarding the recent Kesha and Dr. Luke debacle, Clarkson kept her answers concise. The “Piece by Piece” singer made it clear that Kesha’s situation and hers are not alike, explaining, “If it’s true [the sexual abuse allegations], I can’t imagine working with someone who’s done something like that.”
Fans were somehow disappointed with Clarkson’s statements because they didn’t do much to defend Kesha in this matter. “[Dr. Luke and I have] clashed, but I can’t really say anything other than that. I wasn’t there [with Kesha]. I don’t know what happened specifically in their situation. Obviously I wasn’t in the room. But I can remark on his character,” the expectant mom added.
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Currently signed with RCA Records, Kelly Clarkson has teamed up with Dr. Luke, along with his producing partner Max Martin. As of the moment, the embattled producer has yet to respond to Clarkson’s allegations about him.
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