Cassadee Pope on Brittany Backlash and The Voice Producer’s Weirdest Ask

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Cassadee Pope on Brittany Alden Backlash, and the WEIRD reunion The Voice tried to stage with her estranged father

Cassadee Pope does not regret beefing in public with Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany Aldean, after she posted transphobic comments on Instagram.

“If I see something that is being said that I feel is harmful to a community that I care about … I’ll say something,” Cassadee told the August 7 episode of the Hold My Hair podcast. She added, while “sometimes it’s better to just amplify the voices of that community because they know what they’re talking about way more than I do, sometimes I can’t help [but stick up for them myself].”

Cassadee didn’t give a f— about the backlash

As far as the backlash The Voice season 3 winner received, she recalled telling country star Maren Morris, who also became embroiled in the public fight, that that she doesn’t “give a f—-” about the response.

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“People would come to my page and call me things because I’m sticking up for a community that I care about … I don’t want them at my shows anyway,” Cassadee said. “I don’t want them around me.” That, coming from a singer who must have no intention of recording country music, which she did for years after winning The Voice. These days, Cassadee is back to her roots, writing and performing in the pop/punk genre.

In the same podcast, Cassadee shared how The Voice tried to reunite the singer with her estranged father and she was having none of that. She gushed that The Voice production staff “treat their artists so well,” and shared that PAs and other staffer were “always there to have a pep talk and it always helped.”

“It’s a reality singing competition show, but it’s not a reality show. … They don’t want to make a spectacle out of everybody,” she said, alluding to how “other” singing competitions have the reputation of being “really brutal.”

The Voice tried to set up a weird reunion with Cassadee’s estranged father for the cameras

However, The Voice producers did try to lead her into a “reality moment.” Cassadee explained in the podcast, “They got me on an extra vulnerable, sleep deprived day and they got me to talk about my relationship with my dad, which I wish I hadn’t done … but it was such a vulnerable time for me that I just let it out,” the coach Blake Shelton team member recalled.

At the time she competed on The Voice, in 2012, she hadn’t spoken to her father in a year. “I didn’t go into why … and this wasn’t the best thing [the show] did,” she continued. “They got in touch with [my dad] and the way that they brought it to me was kind of hilarious. They were like, ‘We found your father.’ And I was like, ‘I didn’t lose my father.’ I have his number.”

Producers wanted to have an on camera reunion with her dad. She declined, but she gives The Voice staff the benefit of the doubt. “I genuinely felt like they saw me open up, they saw America react so strongly to me opening up about my story that they were like, ‘We know this will help her,’” she said. “They were, like, trying to help me do better in the competition, which I appreciated.” Well…OK then!

Cassadee is gearing up to release her most personal song yet, and is asking for fans to help

After releasing a new single and music video, “Almost There.” Cassadee is gearing up for her third single of the new era. She reached out to fans on her email list asking for help. “It’s the most personal song I’ve written to date and I want you all to be a part of it,” she writes. “I’m opening up about my experience with loved ones and their struggle with substance abuse.” She’s asking fans to pen handwritten notes. “It could be one sentence or one paragraph,” she writes. Completely anonymous, she promises. Fans can photograph the note and email it back to her list serve, “I hope you’ll be a part of what I’m cooking up. I think it’ll be very moving and cathartic for all of us,” she writes.

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