Should you had been on the web in 2010, you might bear in mind Greyson Likelihood because the 12-year-old singer who rose to fame seemingly in a single day after his cowl of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at his faculty’s expertise present. Likelihood uploaded the video of his efficiency to YouTube, and it rapidly went viral — immediately, it holds over 71 million views.
A couple of weeks later, Likelihood was invited by Ellen DeGeneres to carry out on The Ellen DeGeneres Present. He made a second look on the present in Could 2010, the place DeGeneres introduced she was signing Likelihood to her new report label, eleveneleven.
At present, 25-year-old Likelihood continues to make music beneath Sony Music World and Arista Data — his most up-to-date album, Palladium, got here out Thursday. In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, Likelihood opened up about his expertise working beneath DeGeneres, who he described as “controlling” and “insanely manipulative.”
“That is the primary time I have been sincere about her, and that is the final time I need to discuss it,” Likelihood advised Rolling Stone. “I’ve by no means met somebody extra manipulative, extra self-centered, and extra blatantly opportunistic than her.”
Likelihood in contrast working beneath DeGeneres as a baby to having a “hidden eye” over his profession. He mentioned she would management every little thing, together with what he wore — for instance, she allegedly forbade him from sporting leather-based as a result of it went towards her beliefs as a vegan. “My entire week, my entire month, my entire 12 months might change [with] one textual content message from her,” Likelihood mentioned. “That was horrible. If she had an opinion of any type, the entire thing modified. … She would are available in and have a look at a rack, yell at stylists, berate individuals in entrance of me and say, ‘That is what you’re sporting on the present.'”
Likelihood defined that DeGeneres wished him to principally observe within the profession footsteps of Justin Bieber, who he was typically in comparison with. He recalled an incident the place the TV present host grew to become offended with him for not watching a sophisticated copy of Justin Bieber’s By no means Say By no means documentary, then known as his mom to berate her over it.
In 2012, Likelihood’s music and ticket gross sales started to underperform, and the report label dropped him, alongside along with his publicist and administration crew. Then, Likelihood mentioned, DeGeneres “utterly deserted” him. “I couldn’t get ahold of her. I couldn’t speak to her,” he mentioned. “Every time I might come on the present, it was such a faux smile. She wouldn’t even ask, ‘How are you doing? How are you holding up?’ It was similar to, ‘Right here’s what we’re going to speak about. We’ll see you on there.'”
Likelihood appeared on Ellen later in 2019 for a music performance and interview. He mentioned DeGeneres did nothing to handle the shortage of communication on her finish. “She got here out throughout soundcheck and she or he checked out me, hugged me,” he recalled. “And she or he mentioned, ‘How have you ever been?’ And that simply killed me inside as a result of I used to be like, ‘What do you imply how have I f*cking been? The place have you been?'”
Through the 2019 interview, DeGeneres praised Likelihood for having come out as homosexual two years prior. Nonetheless, the singer did not discover her to be honest and felt she was attempting to take credit score for his journey. “She had nothing to do with that. … [When I came out,] I hadn’t spoken to her in years,” he mentioned. “That’s so tousled, that you simply’re now displaying the world as if we’re so tight. We’re so good. And behind the scenes, you might be this insanely manipulative particular person.”
Likelihood was invited again to Ellen earlier in 2022, however declined. He does, nonetheless, preserve a relationship with Woman Gaga, whom he says “has been there for [him] within the ways in which Ellen by no means was.”
Finally, Likelihood mentioned that, though he acquired his begin beneath DeGeneres, he does not owe his general profession success to her. “The primary a part of my profession, I owe plenty of due to her and to that crew,” he mentioned. “However the cause why I’m right here immediately speaking about an album, I owe f*cking nothing to her. As a result of I used to be the one which needed to pull myself up. She was nowhere to be discovered.”