Kelly Clarkson Defends Herself After ‘Voice' Contestant Calls Her ‘Small Minded'

One deleted post and two tweets later, Clarkson and Stevens addressed the misunderstanding

Kelly Clarkson was stunned earlier this week after being called “small-minded” by an eliminated contestant from "The Voice." The dig was prompted because Clarkson compared the aspiring gay singer to two other gay artists.

“I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay,” Molly Stevens, the eliminated contestant, said in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Stevens expressed her distaste about Clarkson comparing her to the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge following the battle rounds. Stevens called it a “labeling trap” among other terms.

She said in the post, “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. It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world.”

“But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often,” she added. “People put us in boxes.”

A fan took a screenshot the post before it was taken down, prompting a response from the "I Don't Think About You" singer.

But Clarkson defended her thinking in a subsequent tweet, saying how bummed out this made her and noting that Stevens failed to mention that she also mentioned Patty Griffin, a straight artist.

“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 in a tweet 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.”

Clarkson has not since responded to Stevens.

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