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Kelly Clarkson defends herself after eliminated 'Voice' contestant calls her 'small minded'
Zoe Poindexter
Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter to defend herself after eliminated contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, called the original American Idol winner 'small minded' for comparing Stevens to fellow gay artists.

"One other thing. @kellyclarkson compared me to @melissa_etheridge and the @indigogirlsmusic," Stevens said in a now deleted Instagram post, "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 tagged both Clarkson, 35, andThe Voice in her original post, and the three-time Grammy award winner and LGBTQ advocate didn't take the criticism lightly-- pointing out that her comments had nothing to do with sexuality.

"Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY," theLove So Soft singer tweeted,"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."

Stevens later took to Twitter to apologize to her former coach.

"I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words," shewrote. "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."

The Voiceairs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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