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Kelly Clarkson is responding to statements that legendary music producer Clive Davis said about their working relationship in his memoir The Soundtrack of My Life.
Although he made headlines for coming out as bisexual in the memoir, another aspect of it that he touched on was his relationships in the music industry.
Rolling Stone reports that he wrote about working with Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and more, but also about clashing with Clarkson and her management team before the 2007 release of her album My December.
As a result, Clarkson took to her WhoSay page to defend herself, saying Davis was “spreading false information about me and my music.”
She wrote the only single they released off the album was a top 10 hit and she’s “very proud of that and I have my fans to thank.”
But she also wrote, “what's most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn't mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach it's full potential.
My December was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren't words to explain….”
She also said she played Davis her song “Because of You” and he “hated it.” So she cried, and he “told me verbatim that I was a ‘sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.’ He continued on about how the song didn't rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with."
She added, “But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn't include that in the book. “