Nearly a quarter century after she first burst onto the scene with the energetic R&B of “Can’t Take Me Home,” Pink remains a chart-topping force to be reckoned with: her ninth studio effort from 2023, “Trustfall”, reached number two. on the Hot 100 and pole position on the other side of the Atlantic.
Of course, over the years, the artist born Alecia Beth Moore has become almost as famous for telling it like it is as she is for her empowering sound, and several of her fellow pop giants have been the recipients of her approach. sensible. also. Speaking to The Telegraph in 2023, she claimed that she wasn’t going to back down from speaking her mind anytime soon, no matter whose feelings she might hurt. “These days, everyone wakes up offended,” she said. «… This is what happens with me: if I say something, it is because I meant it. And if you don’t like it, that will have to be your problem.
Pink could teach some members of the “Drag Race” brigade a thing or two about throwing shade. From insulting presidents and punishing record company executives to blaring magazines and denouncing internet breakers, here’s a look at 14 times the multiple Grammy Award winner lived up to the name of her 2003 single, ” Trouble».
She put a record executive in his place
The apparent feud between Pink and Christina Aguilera has become a pop legend. But you may not know that it was one of the most prominent A&R execs of the early 2000s, Ron Fair, who instigated it.
In her 2009 documentary “Behind the Music” for VH1 (via The Sun), Pink recalled how she felt upset during a record company meeting about the star-studded collaboration “Lady Marmalade” when Fair instantly voiced her favoritism. “He didn’t say ‘Hello’ to any of us and he said, ‘Which is uptown? What is the most sung part? Christina will take that part,'” she explained. Of course, Pink was never going to accept this slight and she claimed to have immediately put Fair in her place. “I stood up and said, ‘Hello. How are you? Very kind of you to introduce yourself. I’m Pink. She will not take that role. I think that’s what the damn meeting is about. ‘»
The singer’s quick response seemed to have had the desired effect, as both she and Aguilera got an equal chance to shine on the cut from the “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack.
Pink reopened old wounds with Christina Aguilera
Rumors about the apparent dislike between Christina Aguilera and Pink had swirled around the pop world ever since they collaborated on 2001 hit single, “Lady Marmalade.” But it wasn’t until a 2017 appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” that Pink first publicly addressed her issue. The acrobatic singer admitted to host Andy Cohen that she and Aguilera had clashed in the past over her similar alpha female status, but have since patched things up. However, while promoting her ninth LP “Trustfall” six years later, Pink couldn’t resist throwing another jab at the younger star.
Speaking on “The Chris Wallace Show,” Pink recalled how she teased Aguilera at the video shoot for the “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack number simply because of where she had parked her butt. “I didn’t know she was sitting in her chair,” she explained. «…She was homeless at 15 years old. You can’t talk to me at all. So you know, you picked the wrong one.” Pink later expressed her disappointment on Instagram that this decades-long history had continued to detract from her music. “Part of the responsibility lies with me and my inability to lie, and my uncanny ability to overshare,” she added. “My real disappointment lies in the fact that art can never be the center of attention when you are a woman.”
Pink returned Prince’s advice to his face
Even the musical genius that is Prince couldn’t escape Pink Sharp’s tongue. And it was then that the abyss in her public profile was also greater. Yes, in a 2016 interview on Nova FM (via the Mirror), the “Get the Party Started” singer admitted that she told Purple One where to go when she was only 19 years old.
Pink explained how the pair came to blows when she asked the pop legend about the prospect of collaboration when she was a stranger. «She asked me if I was the owner of my masters. I said, ‘No, I didn’t,’ because I had actually just gotten a record deal, so it was a little early to demand my masters back.” Pink was somewhat apologetic, then added, “She told me to call him when she did. I told him he was a fucking rude and then I went up on stage.”
The star acknowledged that she had a hard time accepting advice in her early days and now realizes that Prince was just trying to help her. Speaking shortly after her untimely death that same year, she described her loss, and that of David Bowie, who also died earlier that year, as monumental. “The world lost a lot of its luster this year,” she said. “…These people are irreplaceable and it’s very, very sad.
He rubbed Madonna the wrong way
While appearing on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2023, Pink claimed that she had made enemies with Madonna after rubbing Material Girl the wrong way on another chat show, “Live with Regis and Kelly,” two decades earlier.
The “Just Like Fire” singer recalled how Madonna tried to “play” her when the pair appeared together on the daytime TV institution in 2003. How did she do that? Well, after accepting an invitation to meet Madonna backstage, Pink, he incorrectly insists, was deemed to have become something of a fangirl in her presence. And so, when Regis Philbin brought up the subject of her introduction, he decided to set the record straight.
Pink explained, “…So I just made a joke when Regis pulled me out, he said, ‘…I heard you’re falling in on yourself backstage. How does he feel? ‘ I’m like, ‘I thought he wanted to meet me?’ “As she says, her apparent joke didn’t sit well with Madonna, and the chances of any future collaboration were instantly gone at that point.
Pink criticized LA Reid in a song
Pink proved that sometimes revenge is a dish best served in an angsty pop-rock anthem in the early 2000s when she aimed at the head of her record label during one particular lyric of “Don’t Let Me Get Me.”. Referring to industry mogul LA Reid, the hitmaker sings, “LA told me, ‘You’ll be a pop star, all you have to change is everything you are.'”
As he explained to Rolling Stone shortly afterward, these lyrics weren’t too far off from what his boss told him. When she was asked exactly why she wanted her to change her entire identity, Pink replied, “I went to my first industry dinner, where they pay $8,000 a plate. The next day I got a call from etiquette asking me to take etiquette classes.” They tried to convince me that it’s better to know the rules than break them. I said, ‘If I know them and I break them, I’ll have a guilt trip.
The Top 10 single wasn’t the first time Pink butted heads with the man in charge of her early career. She also admitted that she had repeatedly feuded with him in the six years since she first discovered her talent as part of the R&B girl band Choice. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the star claimed that she always won.
He argued that Rolling Stone magazine is a waste of trees.
Hell hath no fury like a despised omission on Rolling Stone’s list! In 2022, the iconic music magazine ranked its 25 favorite Grammy Awards performances. And when Pink realized she wasn’t listed alongside Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, she let the publication know exactly what she thought of them.
In the comments section of a Rolling Stone Instagram post about the article, a furious Pink wrote the since-deleted response: “Bahaha, you guys have been irrelevant since 1990.” She then mentioned Muddy Waters, John Lennon, Tina Turner, and Hunter S. Thompson as examples of the caliber of artists the magazine used to feature. “Then they dried up and all credibility went to shit when ‘style over substance’ and ‘income over authenticity’ came into play,” she said.
And Pink wasn’t done there either. The star also criticized her writers for covering “Jersey Shore” star Snooki before insisting this wasn’t simply a case of sour grapes, but a matter of integrity. “Trust me, I wouldn’t give a ***,” she wrote. “But this is the biggest sale in fucking history when it comes to a publication we all once trusted.”
Pink was grossed out by Kanye West
In 2009, Pink was one of the first stars to stick her head over the parapet and call out the then-seemingly untouchable Kanye West. Yes, shortly before the rapper disgraced himself by interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, the “Just Like A Pill” singer criticized him for his conduct at another high-profile event.
This time, it was the Paris Fashion Week show hosted by Stella McCartney that West took issue with. Pink explained to FHM Australia (via Entertainment Weekly) that she was also in attendance along with famed animal rights activist Paul McCartney and the vice president of PETA. In a blatant case of not reading the room, West spent most of his time complaining about the lack of fur on display.
Pink said: “I was so grossed out by him. I was like, ‘You’re an idiot!’ There are so many people that I think are a waste of skin and he is up there. He should use it. Come on, donate, Kanye. People can use your skin.” The day after the VMAs frenzy, Pink proved he was steadfastly Team Swift by tweeting “Kanye West is the biggest shit in the world. Quote me”.
He once called Miley Cyrus ‘tacky’
Miley Cyrus’ raunchy reinvention in the early 2010s seemed to split audiences down the middle. Some argued that she was simply expressing her creative freedom and her sexuality, and others believed that she was simply resorting to the old “sex sells” approach to achieve success. It seems fair to say that Pink’s opinion fell into the latter category.
When asked about Cyrus’ radical makeover by E! Online, the “Family Portrait” singer said: “Do I like it? No, I think it’s in poor taste. She is very talented. She is beautiful. She can sing her ass off. And go up and do that? she is fooling herself and she is fooling the rest of us ». Pink went on to state that she has always tried to act with integrity when it comes to her art: “I think if people get up and out of bed, go to work and spend their hard earned money on me to entertain his family, I’m going to do it well and I’m going to make it interesting and with class and creativity”, he argued.
But hey, maybe the “Flowers” hitmaker has since managed to prove her critics wrong. After all, eight years later, Pink told Entertainment Weekly that Cyrus would be a worthy replacement for her own vocal lines on a modern remake of “Lady Marmalade.”
Pink criticized Chris Brown’s mime
From Ella Mai and Jhene Aiko to HER and Chloe Bailey, Chris Brown still seems to have a queue of female singers willing to work with a man who has a repeated history of violence towards women. Suffice it to say, it doesn’t look like Pink is going to be adding her name to that list anytime soon.
In 2012, the “Feel Good Time” singer risked angering the Brown Army when she criticized her performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Rosa tweeted, “If I lip sync one day I hope I do as well as he does.” The singer’s husband, Carey Hart, was also supportive on Twitter, writing of Brown’s act, “I’m pretty sure I saw my wife do the same performance, but she was three months pregnant and she sang the song.” ».
Pink later told News.com.au that she received death threats from disgruntled Brown fans over her comments, adding: “People who wouldn’t have the balls to say anything in person but have a keyboard under their fingers and, well, there’s that saying, ‘Anonymity is a shield against the tyranny of the majority.’ Still, the artist also acknowledged that her conduct on the social media platform may not have been the best either and that comments purporting to be jokes don’t necessarily read that way online. “Twitter brings out the best and worst people, including myself,” she said.
She criticized Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie
In 2016, Kim Kardashian broke the internet again with a selfie that left little to the imagination. But while gossip sites were no doubt delighted by the reality star’s lack of inhibitions, Pink felt compelled to pen an empowering yet somber post about the star’s nude selfie. The “So What” hitmaker tweeted “Shout out to all the women around the world using their brains, their strength, their work ethic, their talent, their ‘magic’ they were born with, that only they possess. It may never bring you as much ‘attention’ or banknotes as using your body, your sex, your tits, and your asses, but women like you don’t need that kind of ‘attention’.
Pink later told “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen that she was asked to write the note after Kardashian disparaged one of her music icons on Twitter earlier that day. “Honestly, she investigated Bette Midler and if you investigate Bette Midler, you will know about me,” she said. “Just don’t talk to Bette Midler about anything.” The veteran Hollywood star had previously aimed the same nude selfie that Pink had commented on, joking on Twitter, “If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s going to have to swallow the camera.” In retaliation, Kardashian made a joke about her being past Bette Midler’s bedtime and accused her of being a fake friend of hers.
She called Selena Gomez’s ‘stupid music video’
Pink made an enemy of Selena Gomez’s fanbase in 2012 when she inadvertently called out the Disney Channel grad over an animal rights issue. The “What About Us” singer had taken to Twitter with the following request: “If there are animal activists in Malibu, at Leo Cabrillo State Beach, there are horses painted for a stupid music video. It is a pity”.
The “stupid music video” in question was Gomez’s “Love You Like A Love Song.” And Pink was unfazed when she discovered the artist’s identity, adding “Whether [you are] a fan of mine or [whoever’s], I won’t stop talking about animal cruelty. I’ve taken responsibility in the past, so should she.”
A spokesperson for Gomez insisted to People (via HuffPost) that no ponies had been harmed during filming. They also claimed that the paint used was non-toxic, that it had been applied safely by airbrush, and that a Humane Society representative had been on set at all times. However, perhaps in light of Pink’s comments, Gomez decided to remove the animals from the final promo.
She asked George W. Bush how he can sleep
Undeterred by the backlash received by the Dixie Chicks following their criticism of President George W. Bush, Pink decided to pen an open letter to 43 on their 2006 studio album, “I’m Not Dead.” And as expected, his tone was not exactly congratulatory. Referencing Bush’s stances on everything from the Iraq war and gay marriage to the No Child Left Behind Act, “Dear Mr. President” posed questions like “How do you sleep while the rest of us cry? How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?» and “How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are you proud?»
Pink told MTV News that she did not expect a response from the target of her anger; in fact, she didn’t think he would probably come over to listen to her. But in the unlikely event that she somehow ended up on the White House stereo, she figured he would at least support her right to free speech. “I hope the president is proud of the fact that we live in a country where we can do things like that, where we can disagree, talk, communicate and share our opinions,” he said.
Pink mocked Donald Trump’s rally attendance
In 2020, Donald Trump went against the advice of his own coronavirus task force by hosting a rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa. The 45 had stated in advance that the event would be full. But the images showed that, in reality, a notable percentage of the 19,000 available seats were said to be empty. And one of the biggest celebrity detractors of him couldn’t help but rub his nose at that.
Yes, along with the hashtag #donkeyshow, Pink tweeted, “I think I sold that same place in five minutes.” The “Who Knew” hitmaker then criticized Trump for holding the rally in the first place, writing, “Don’t hurt the people who love you. I would never ask people to come to an arena right now. No good person would.”
Of course, this wasn’t the first time Pink had made her feelings about Trump clear. Three years earlier, she had been asked if she would update her anti-George Bush song, “Dear Mr. President,” following the businessman’s rise to power. She tweeted “There are no words for this embarrassing person.”
Pink repeatedly mocked Britney Spears
While promoting her ninth studio effort “Trustfall” in 2023, Pink claimed that she had no ill will towards Britney Spears. She told People that she now felt very protective of her. However, it’s fair to say that the “There You Go” singer hasn’t always been so kind to her fellow pop superstar.
First, she seemed to throw shade at Spears in her 2002 single, “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” singing, “Tired of being compared to fucking Britney Spears. She’s so pretty, it’s just not me.” While performing that song at a festival in 2007, a period when the “Baby… One More Time” hitmaker was struggling with the pressures of fame, Pink changed the middle lyric to “She’s so crazy,” according to Digital Spy.
And then, in 2009, he criticized Spears for apparently impersonating at a concert. “She would never go on a show where the person was lip-syncing,” Pink told Women’s Health. “When you grow up listening to Janis Joplin, you don’t want to see someone mime.” When the outlet’s interviewer pointed out that the singer had also targeted Spears with the song “Stupid Girls,” Pink argued. that she had always liked her and she had been a proponent of the pop star.
In 2011, he dragged out both Spears and Christina Aguilera, the latter of whom had just been arrested for public intoxication, in the same tweet quipping, “Off with me, Britney and Christina, didn’t everyone think I was going to be the one?” troublemaker? Look, Mom! No handcuffs!”
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