Ellen DeGeneres (L) and Grayson Chance (R). (Getty)
Former child star Grayson Chance has spoken out against Ellen DeGeneres, whom she describes as “manipulative”, “self-centered” and “clearly opportunistic”.
Chance, now 25, was just 12 years old when a video of him singing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a school performance went viral on YouTube.
speak with Rolling stone She reflected on the toxic experience she had with DeGeneres when she reached out to him after her viral fame. DHe was invited to appear after Chance went viral Ellen performance.
He remembered DeGeneres saying as he arrived: “I’m going to protect you. I’m going to be here for you. We’re going to do this together.”
Chance said that DeGeneres was initially fully invested in his talent, offering $10,000, a new piano, and even co-creating a record label, ElevenEleven, on which Chance was assigned. was signed as the first act.
However, as Chance’s career progressed, things began to change. Five months after signing with her, Chance was touring the world and said that DeGeneres became “dominant and too controlling.”
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year can change” [with] A text message from him. That was terrible. If he had any kind of opinion, the whole thing would have changed.
on tour with them no statement madeMiranda Cosgrove, Chance and their mother Lisa remember DeGeneres for not watching Justin Bieber’s new documentary never say Never,
After Chance’s career began “tanking” until 2012 with her touring and little interest in new music, she reminded DeGeneres of “disappearing.”
He was unable to catch her and one by one the team that had gathered around him also started dropping the radar.
the chance continued to return Ellen Most recently in 2019 to release his latest, but said it was a “place of active trauma” for him.
After Chance came out as gay, DeGeneres praised his courage, but for Chance he simply thought “behind the scenes, you’re this crazy guy”.
Chance has since broken up with DeGeneres and the show, which ended after widespread allegations of bullying, was aimed at DeGeneres.
Ellen DeGeneres declined to answer Rolling stone About Chance’s allegations pink news has also reached out for comment.
Chance released their latest single “My Dying Spirit” on September 22.