“I emailed him [John Legend] and I was like ‘Oh my God, I didn’t know, just so you know’ and he was like ‘who cares, a lot of people record songs and that is how music is all the time,’” she said. “I’m not a fan of surprises, but at the same time it’s a great song and David [Jost], who I had thought written the song at the time by himself… I got the song on the Maroon 5 tour (which took place in 2013) and cut my vocal and we didn’t really find out until after it was out.”
She adds, “There’s a lot going on behind the scenes of who says who wrote it,” she explained. “I’m just really glad I’m not a writer because that means no lawsuit for me, I’m just singing it.”
The "Nostalgic" singer took to Twitter to vent her frustration:
It's a bummer that I wasn't given all the information and that it looks like I'm ripping them off because I would never do that 2 any artist
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 27, 2015
“I just don’t like being surprised and that’s just because the audience doesn’t know that so it appears differently than it is,” she said. “But luckily they were super supportive and when I found out I was like, there are two great versions.”
And though it might be a sticky situation, Kelly admits she still loves the song.
“It’s just such a raw, bluesy side to my voice. I love how tragic it is, its like the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of songs…” she said. “I think that represents what love can feel like sometimes you can find a whole new level of low. Wow, I thought I was on the bottom, but nope.”
Is it a surprise this fiasco happened right under Kelly's nose? Probably not. She admits she had the least amount of input this time around no thanks to her difficult pregnancy.
Perhaps that's the inspiration behind "Good Goes The Bye" getting the next single treatment?