Kelly Clarkson Says She Gave Up "Millions" to Remove Songwriting Credits with Dr. Luke
"I don't want my name near his. I want to pretend this didn't happen in my life and I want to forget it"
Published Sep 15, 2017A number of pop stars have publicly denounced Dr. Luke, with the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Grimes showing their support for Kesha in her ongoing legal battle against the producer. Kelly Clarkson also spoke out against the producer and her former collaborator, implying that she doesn't have "anything nice" to say about Dr. Luke — but now she's revealed the full extent of her disdain for the guy.
In a new interview with Z100, Clarkson admits that she knowingly and willingly lost out on "hundreds of thousands of dollars" — or even "millions" — for removing her songwriting credit on her 2009 smash "My Life Would Suck Without You" because she didn't want her name positioned next to his.
"I was making a point to the people working with me, going, 'This is how much I didn't want to do this,'" she said. "I don't care about the money. I don't care about, oh, 'You're going to be the most famous person ever if you do this.' That's not what holds weight in my life."
Last year, Clarkson claimed that her final collaborations with Dr. Luke were merely a result of blackmail by her label. "They were like, 'We will not put your album out if you don't do this,'" she said at the time.
"There's a lot of times in my career where you don't see my name on the song and that's because sometimes I don't write them," she elaborated, speaking to Z100. "A lot of times I do change the song in a way that probably you should ask for credit, but I don't because the song was already great — I just made it more me… And I did deserve it on that song just 'cause I changed it a bit."
Despite deserving credit on the track, she gave up the songwriting royalties that would have poured in with her name attached to it, placing her dislike of Dr. Luke ahead of the cash.
"They brought up writing credit at the end," she continued. "They were like, 'Well, you changed the song.' And I was like, 'I don't want my name near his. I want to pretend this didn't happen in my life and I want to forget it.'"
She also maintained that her working relationship with Dr. Luke never involved sexual abuse, though Clarkson has consistently voiced her support of such claims made by Kesha.
Echoing her previous sentiments, Clarkson added, "You have to really be a special kind of ... for me not to like you."
Watch the complete interview below.