Kelly Clarkson Responds After Former “Voice” Team Member Molly Stevens Calls Her ‘Small Minded’

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As the newest coach on “The Voice,” Kelly Clarkson has still been learning the ropes but is already a fan-favorite. Just like all of the coaches do, Kelly Clarkson has had to send a few people home already, something that she shows visible signs of distress over throughout the show.

During the battle rounds, Kelly paired up Justin Kilgore and Molly Stevens for a performance of Cam’s “Burning House.” Ultimately, Kelly chose to keep Kilgore, which meant the competition was over for Stevens.

During their rehearsals for the performance, Stevens told Kelly that she and Kilgore both resonated with the song choice because she and Justin had similar stories. When Kelly asked what their story was, Stevens told her, “Well, we’re both gay.”

After being sent home, Stevens posted a since-deleted comment stating: “Kelly Clarkson compared me to Mellisa Etheridge and Indigo Girls. 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 said. “It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world. I am a singer-songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls.”

Once Kelly was made aware of the statement, she responded: “Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone to 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,” she said in a Tweet.

Molly then responded to Kelly, saying “I am so sorry to have caused any pain and hurt with anyone. Learned my lesson to not process my thoughts on social media today. Especially the day after being aired on The Voice. I’m truly sorry. I hope our paths will cross soon so I can tell you this in person.”

Whew. What a whirlwind– but it sounds like there’s a good lesson we can all learn here, right?