Molly Stevens is a contestant on Clarkson’s team on the current season of the US reality series, which also features judges Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton. Ms Stevens is openly lesbian. Her coach compared her to popular lesbian acts Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls as announced that she did not win the ‘Battle’ episode. For those who had never watched The Voice, it means that Clarkson favored another contestant to Stevens and she (Stevens) had to leave the show. “While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent I do believe that comment did us 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. I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls. Glad I can work through this one today… but it’s a common stereotype that happens too often,” she wrote on Instagram, noting that first of all we are people. Sexuality is a feature we can (and should) be proud of, but it still does not define who we are and what we do.
Kelly Clarkson asks not to take her words out of context — she compared Molly to those singers as a songwriter and storyteller, not as a lesbian, she did not even use that word. In respond to this Molly said: “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.” She added: “I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words. This was not my intention at all. 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.”