Greyson Chance is talking about his experience with his former mentor Ellen DeGeneres.
As viewers may remember, the male singer became a hit on the night back in 2010 when a video of his performance was released. Lady Gaga‘S Paparazzi went viral online. The clip quickly caught the attention of Ellen, who invited the 12-year-old boy to participate The Ellen DeGeneres . Showthen signed him to her elevenand connect him with the managers Troy Carter and Guy Osearya booking agent at WME, AND public ones. While many thought this would be a dream come true for a young artist like Greyson, it was actually a nightmare for him.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone published on Thursday, the 25-year-old revealed for the first time about his relationship with Ellen, insisting she was a “crazy manipulator” behind the scenes for most of his career. Greyson told the outlet:
“I’ve never met someone more manipulative, self-righteous, and blatantly opportunistic than her.”
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The musician claims that after Ellen took hold of her career, she became almost “hidden” and often “became authoritarian and overly controlling” about everything from his image to quitting. entire performance when she disapproved:
“She would walk in and look at a shelf, scream at stylists, berate people in front of me and say, ‘This is what you’re wearing on the show.’ She’s just putting people down. “
On one occasion, Greyson remembered Ellen requesting an enhanced copy of Justin Bieberdocumentary film 2011 Never say never show him. But since he was exhausted after his long days of work, he didn’t have the energy to watch it at that time. Needless to say, she seemed to feel disrespected because of this. He accused the daytime talk show host of even going so far as to call his mother to scold her over the phone:
“I will never forget this. I just remember hearing it on the other side of the phone, just screaming [and] lamented: ‘What kind of mother are you? Do you realize that I tried to get this for you, and he just couldn’t sit down and watch it? ‘”
Things quickly continued to go downhill from there, according to him. When his 2012 album Truth Told, Part 1 Greyson said that Ellen became distant and “completely abandoned” him – causing the label and his team assembled by the 64-year-old to also abandon him. While he is still invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres shows that during that time, his experience left him feeling like his presence was wanted by Ellen:
“I cannot know her. Can’t talk to her. Whenever I come in on the show, it’s a fake smile. She won’t even ask, ‘How are you? How are you? ‘ It was like, ‘This is what we’re going to talk about. We will meet you there. ‘”
Greyson took a hiatus from music before returning again in 2019 to release his album Portrait. With the success of the record, he is back too The Ellen Show to perform, but their interactions still seem awkward. Greyson said Rolling Stone that confused him about how calm she was despite their past, and he didn’t seem to like the compliments she gave him when he debuted. He describes the moment as “cheap”:
“She came out during the sound check and she looked at me, hugged me”… “And she said, ‘How are you?’ And that just killed me inside because I was wondering, ‘You mean how did I become king? Where have you been? “
While she may be trying to move forward and repair past rifts, he feels something different:
“[When I came out,] I haven’t talked to her in years… It’s so confusing, to the point where you’re showing the world as if we’re too tight. We are very good. And behind the scenes, you are this crazy manipulator. “
After that appearance, Greyson vowed never to return to the show. And then, when they contacted him to invite him over for the last two weeks of March, he declined to protect his own “integrity”.
What about how his mother feels? Lisa said to the magistrate:
“I think Ellen is a businesswoman. And if something isn’t trending the way she wants it to, she terminates it because it’s her business. It’s not warm and fuzzy. I don’t think she invites people to be a part of her life or takes someone under their wing like she did if she doesn’t want to see something happen. If it’s not moving fast enough for her, that’s when she starts closing or closing us. “
Ellen has yet to respond to these allegations, but a source close to the talk show team said People she “goes above and beyond to help him succeed, but in business it doesn’t always work out and his career just couldn’t take off”.
Of course, this is just the latest claim against Ellen after she allegedly created a toxic work environment on the show… not to mention what will come to light Anne Hechetheir feelings about their relationship…
Thinking, longtime readers? Let us know in the comments below. You can also watch his full interview with Rolling Stone HERE.
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