In his newly released memoir The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis recalls a meeting with Clarkson that was “a very tough conversation, and it didn’t get any easier when Kelly burst in to hysterical sobbing,” while discussing the inclusion of “Since U Been Gone” on her second album, Breakaway.
“Not true at all,” Clarkson says. “His stories and songs are mixed up. I couldn’t be more proud of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.”
Clarkson goes on to state that she did cry in the meeting – but not about “Since U Been Gone.”
“I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called ‘Because of You,’ ” she says. “He hated it and told me verbatim that I was a ‘s–––ty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.’ ”
Davis recalls a completely different version of the “Because of You” conflict in his book, released Tuesday.
“In subsequent interviews Kelly said that she had to fight to get ‘Because of You’ on the album, but that simply wasn’t the case,” Davis writes. “I have no idea where she heard that.”
His rep later released a statement. It reads: “As anyone who has read The Soundtrack of My Life knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together.
“Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly’s talent and her career to soar to ever new heights. – Clive Davis.”
Despite the difference in memories, Clarkson, who is engaged to be married, remained positive in her blog.
“I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans,” she says. “Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.”