Hopeful Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was upset by a comparison that Clarkson made during the battle rounds. The original American Idol winner said Stevens reminded her of the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge, which Stevens found a “labeling trap” and “small minded.”
“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,” she wrote. “It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world.”
Stevens added, “I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic. Glad I can work through this one today on a carousel in Central Park with my mom and niece. But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.”
Clarkson, 35, took to Twitter to point out that Steven neglected to include a comparison to straight singer Patty Griffin and assert that the connections had nothing to do with sexuality.
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“Wow. This really bums me out,” The Voice coach said in response to her former team member’s post on Tuesday. “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.”
Stevens later apologized for the misunderstanding.
“I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words. This was not my intention at all,” she tweeted. “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.”
She also told Pride Source that she’s perfectly fine if her kids out to be gay.
“Oh, I don’t care,” she said when asked how she would feel if her 3-year-old daughter River came out to her. “I just hope she finds love. As long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don’t care either way for all of them.”