Ellen DeGeneres’ former protégée, Greyson Chance, claims he’s “never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic than her.”
In a bombshell Rolling Stone interviewpublished Thursday, the Oklahoma native, now 25, reflected on his life and career after a viral video of him performing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” in front of his schoolmates landed him on DeGeneres’ now-defunct talk show in May 2010 when he was just 12 years old.
“We just couldn’t believe what was happening,” he told the magazine. “We were so unsure of what we were getting into, and the person that helped cure all of that skepticism and chaotic energy was Ellen.”
When the two first met, claimed the musician, DeGeneres said to him, “I’m going to protect you. I’m going to be here for you. We’re going to do this together.”
When his album and ticket sales dropped in 2012, Chance alleged DeGeneres “completely removed” herself from him and “completely abandoned” him. He further claimed he tried getting in touch with her to no avail.
Interscope soon dropped him, and his team disintegrated.
Despite their fallout, Chance continued to make periodic appearances on “Ellen” over the years, knowing the positive impact the exposure would have on his career. Still, he described the set as “a place of active trauma for me.”
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