When Carrie Underwood spoke to the Independent U.K. for an interview published earlier this month, it seems she didn’t know she was about to express support for same-sex marriage.
The “American Idol” winner told the Associated Press she was “asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and ... answered it the best way [she] knew how.”
The country singer had told the British newspaper she couldn’t imagine how it felt to be denied the right to “marry somebody I love, and want to marry.”
She added, “I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
The comments were picked up by many news outlets, including this one, and Underwood was praised by organizations like GLAAD and famous people like Ricky Martin for her apparent support of same-sex marriage. But almost immediately, a backlash started brewing, most visibly in the comments sections of the outlets covering the interview.
Underwood told the AP she is ignoring the reaction.
When asked about the Independent interview on the BBC One’s “BBC Breakfast,” Underwood said, “I’m pro non-judgment. And I’m pro loving people. So that’s kind of what I’m about.”
She told the BBC she’s previously managed “to stay as far away from politics as possible” and just wants to focus on music.
“I don’t want people to think like me. People have to figure everything out for themselves,” she added.
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