Kelly Clarkson strikes back against Clive Davis memoir
While record exec Clive Davis has made headlines for revealing in his new memoir he’s bisexual, Kelly Clarkson is more concerned that he’s spreading lies about her relationship with the mogul, especially about how she reacted during their business relationship. Personally, The Juice* thinks it’s a plot to sell more records and books, but we’ll bite.
“(Davis) says I burst into ‘hysterical sobbing”’in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all,” she wrote in a WhoSay post on Tuesday. “His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not.”
She went on to admit, “But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called Because Of You. I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a ‘sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.’” That sounds about right for a music suit.
“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 continued. “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.”
Not one to take a tongue-lashing without a retort, Davis responded Wednesday in a statement that was civil but not quite what we’d call nice.
“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,” he wrote, according to the Huffington Post.
“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.”
Well, the last part was nice, but really, when you say five other people confirm your version of events, that’s a polite way of saying, “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”