Kelly Clarkson vs. Clive Davis: It’s the Juiciest Celebrity Feud in Ages

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Kelly ClarksonLegendary music mogul Clive Davis swept the headlines earlier this week when he released a memoir titled The Soundtrack of My Life. The revelation that the 80-year-old is bisexual and has been in long-term relationships with two different men since 1990 got a lot of attention, but that didn't seem to be the part of the book that surprised Kelly Clarkson. She was a bit more focused on the sections where he described her as someone who "often speaks in public before she realizes the implications of what she’s saying," and once burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office over a creative disagreement.

As far as public feuds go, the Clive Davis vs. Kelly Clarkson battle has turned into quite a doozy. First Clarkson took to her blog to slam him for being a bully with a less-than-reliable memory, then he retaliated with a statement that Kelly is a -- I'm paraphrasing, here -- liar liar pants on fire. Check out the he-said/she-said that's gone on so far:

It all started when Clarkson objected to some of Davis's claims about her in his memoir. She posted a scathing letter on her blog, which includes the following:

So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone -- even Clive Davis.

First, he says I burst into "hysterical sobbing" in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. (...) 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." 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. 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.

Clarkson goes on to disagree with Davis's claim that her album My December wasn't successful, and adds,

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....

Davis has since responded with a lengthy post via Twitter:

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. 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.

I have no way of knowing who's right and who's wrong here, but I'm inclined to side with Clarkson. I don't know, she just strikes me as someone who's pretty sincere and wouldn't put herself out there with this dispute if she didn't believe she was in the right. Davis has had plenty of press about his domineering ways over the years, and, well, he IS 80 years old now. Maybe a few of these details -- despite that rigorous fact-checking -- aren't quite as crystal clear to him as they should be.

Besides, this is the guy who kept his pre-Grammy party going despite the fact that his "beloved" Whitney Houston's dead body was on the premises. Just saying, I'm not sure he consistently has the best interests of his artists in mind.

Who do you think is telling the truth in this feud?


Image via Kelly Clarkson

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nonmember avatar darisa1019

I'm with Kelly. Clive's been in the business for years; i'm sure he's not there because he's such a nice guy. Good for Kelly for standing up for herself. Boo to Clive Davis...he had to find 5 people who probably would lie to save their own jobs to back him up. She has only her word to back her up and I'd take her word over his any day.

Nancy... NancyJ422

Definitely Kelly. I remember when My December was coming out there was talk about how Clive didn't like it because it wasn't top 40 songs - it was dark. But hey it was something Kelly was going through. There's a lot of emotion in that CD. I love all of them. 

nonmember avatar lhinsmd

I side with Kelly - Clive is 80 years old and obviously senile.

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