Former teen pop star Greyson Chance has claimed he was “controlled” by Ellen DeGeneres and then “completely abandoned” after she made him a star.
Chance was just 12 years old when he performed The Ellen DeGeneres Show after a video of him singing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went online in 2010.
In a new report by Rolling StoneChance has said that while DeGeneres presented himself as his guardian and mentor in advancing his career, things were not what they seemed.
“We were so unsure of what we were getting into, and the person who helped push through all that skepticism and chaotic energy was Ellen … I remember she pulled my mom aside and said, ‘You’ll never be back have to work a day of your life,'” he recalled.
DeGeneres gave him $10,000 (£9,100) and a new piano and later signed him to her record label elfeleven as the first act, reportedly telling Chance, “I’ll protect you.” I will be there for you. We can do that together.”
Initially, Chance said, DeGeneres was “really invested in him.” But as his schedule got busier, she became “dominating and way too controlling” and began to feel like a “hidden eye” over his career, deciding what he wore and his creative output.
“My whole week, my whole month, my whole year could change [with] a text from her,” he said. “That was awful… If she had any opinion, the whole thing changed.
“She came in and looked at a rack [of clothes], yelling at stylists, swearing at people in front of me and saying, ‘That’s what you’re wearing on the show.’ It was just demeaning to people.”
In one incident, Chance had been exhausted from touring and hadn’t had time to watch an extended edition of Justin Bieber never say Never Documentary film obtained for him by DeGeneres.
As a result, Degeneres reportedly called Chance’s mom, and the singer recalled, “I’ll never forget that. All I remember is just screaming on the other side of the phone [and] Swear words: “What kind of mother are you? Do you realize that I went to great lengths to get this for you and he can’t sit down and look at it?'”
When DeGeneres next spoke to Chance, she reportedly told him that “disappointed isn’t even remotely what I’m feeling right now.”
“It was clear, ‘Okay, I’m a pawn in your game.’ So I watched the movie,” he said.
According to Chance, DeGeneres disappeared completely when his music started underperforming and “completely left him” when his second record flopped in late 2012.
When he was dropped by his label group and management team, he reached out to DeGeneres but reportedly never heard a response. Meanwhile, he was still performing ellen.
“I could not reach you. Couldn’t speak to her,’ he said. “Whenever I came on the show, it was such a fake smile. She wouldn’t even ask, “How are you? How are you?’ It was just like, ‘Here’s what we’re going to talk about. See you there.”
He returned to the show twice more. In 2015, DeGeneres claimed on-screen to be “so proud” of the then 18-year-old, but reportedly didn’t speak to him behind the scenes.
He came back in 2019 and recalled, “She came out during sound check and she looked at me, hugged me. And she said, ‘How are you?’ And that was killing me inside because I was like, ‘What do you mean how the fuck did I do? Where have you been?”
DeGeneres praised Chance for coming out as gay two years earlier, and Chance said, “I hadn’t spoken to her in years. This is so kinky you now show the world how tight we are. we are that good And behind the scenes, you’re this insanely manipulative person.
“When I look at the interviews and look myself in the eye, I can see so much fear. I can just see so much PTSD because I’m holding on there for dear life and I’m like, ‘I need that TV gig.’ I faked it 100 percent, and [I felt like] she’s faking it to me 100 percent too.”
“I’ve never met anyone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic than her.”
The Independent has reached out to DeGeneres representatives for comment.
Earlier this year, the DeGeneres talk show ended after 19 seasons and more than 3,000 episodes.
In 2020, the show was the subject of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, racism and on-set bullying in the workplace.
DeGeneres said at the time the allegations were “too orchestrated” and “very misogynistic.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/greyson-chance-ellen-degeneres-b2174017.html Greyson Chance: The former teen pop star claims the ‘manipulative’ Ellen DeGeneres ‘controlled’ him and then ‘abandoned’ him.