Kelly Clarkson Says Dr. Luke Is ‘Not a Good Guy,’ and That She Was Blackmailed into Working with Him

Kelly Clarkson went off on Dr. Luke, saying not only was she “blackmailed” by her label into working with him, but that he’s “demeaning” and “not a good guy.” 

In light of Kesha’s ongoing legal battle with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (who allegedly drugged and sexual, physically and emotionally abused her), the Piece by Piece singer spilled all about her personal experience with the 42-year-old in an interview with KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O. on Monday (March 7).

She explains that that she can only comment on his character, that they clashed, and that he’s a liar:

He’s just not a good person to me. We’ve clashed, but I can’t really say anything other than that…I wasn’t there [with Kesha]. I don’t know what happened specifically in their situation. Obviously I wasn’t in the room…But I can remark on his character.

Unfortunately when you have that poor of character, like so many artists don’t like you and don’t like working with you. You know, that’s not normal…I get along with everybody I work with. I love everyone that I work with. He’s just not a good guy for me.

When pressed by Kyle and Jackie O. on what makes him difficult to work with, Clarkson explained:

Obviously he’s a talented dude, he’s just lied a lot and just his character…I’ve run into a couple of really bad situations, musically. It’s been really hard for me because he’ll just lie to people, and it makes the artist look bad. He’s kind of difficult to work with and kind of demeaning. It’s kind of unfortunate.

People are like, ‘Oh you’ve worked with Max [Martin] and Luke.’ And I’m like well Max and Luke are very different.

That’s when Clarkson dropped a bombshell, that she only worked with him because her label blackmailed her.

I only worked with him, even the last time I worked with him, because literally I got blackmailed by my label.

They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this. It was a really hard time for me. And I tried to make the best of the situation.

…And you know, we have a whole crew to support and people that depend on us for their livelihood, so sometimes you just have to make those decisions and swallow that pill.

She also clarifies that her and Kesha’s situations are totally different: he “never did anything like that [alleged sexual assault] to me.”

Clarkson’s collaboration with Dr. Luke on “Since You Been Gone” (2004) and “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (2005) jumpstarted her post-American Idol career. On Feb. 19, she tweeted:

Hear her go off on Dr. Luke in the video above.