Clarkson chose Justin Kilgore over Molly Stevens, but it was Clarkson's commentary that rankled Stevens, who took her frustration to Instagram.
Wrote Stevens, in a post that has since been deleted: “@kellyclarkson compared me to @melissa_etheridge and the @indigogirlsmusic. 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.”
Stevens added: “I don't think Kelly Clarkson meant ANYTHING by this and even gave it any thought but clearly I did. I guess I'm just thinking in my head that I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is @melissa_etheridge and the @indigogirlsmusic Glad I can work through this one today on a carousel in Central Park with my mom and niece. But it's a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes. How about for today I am just Molly Stevens and you be you too.”
The post got back to Clarkson, who tweeted: “Wow. This really bums me out. 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.”
Wow. This really bums me out. 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. https://t.co/Ci5fqDKzA3
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) March 27, 2018
Stevens has since regretted coming for Clarkson, tweeting: “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.”
Here's a clip with Clarkson's commentary: