Kelly Clarkson responds to eliminated ‘Voice’ contestant Molly Stevens who called her ‘small minded’

Kelly Clarkson wants to make her point clear. The 35-year-old Voice judge responded to recently to her eliminated contestant Molly Stevens’ accusations against her on Tuesday.

It all started in a since-deleted Instagram post from Stevens, who complained about her coach Clarkson relating her voice to that of Melissa Etheridge and the 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,” Stevens wrote. “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 it @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic… But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.”

Though the post was deleted, one fan screenshot the comments and sent them to Clarkson on Twitter. The “Love So Soft” singer responded to Stevens, appearing to be hurt by Stevens’ words.

“Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY,” she wrote. “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.

Clarkson’s comments prompted Stevens to tweet an apology.

“I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words,” she wrote. “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.

Stevens was eliminated in Monday night’s Battle Round episode while competing against contestant Justin Kilgore.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson, white rose detail, attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
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