So meta! Melissa Etheridge revealed on Wednesday, October 5, that Angelina Jolie’s team reached out to her after she commented on the Oscar winner’s divorce from Brad Pitt — so she wrote a song about it. Watch her sing it in the video above!
The Grammy winner, who used to be friends with the Moneyball star, sang the song on Watch What Happens Live about being contacted by Jolie’s team — which is being led by crisis manager Judy Smith, a “fixer” who was the inspiration for Kerry Washington’s Scandal character — with what she described as “a subtle warning.”
“There are people whose job it is to kind of fix things for celebrities,” said Etheridge, who spoke about the Brangelina divorce while on WWHL host Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM radio show on Monday, October 3.
“I haven't spoke to Brad in forever,” the 55-year-old continued in her interview on Wednesday night. “Every time I say something it gets turned around and twisted and all of a sudden I’m saying something about [Angelina] … so I thought I would do what I do best, and I wrote a song about it today.”
The song, which she finished writing in the dressing room, is called “The Fixer Blues” and references Etheridge’s previous two marriages as she tells the story of what happened after she spoke out this week.
“Seems I said some things about an old, old, old friend that got some people talking,” she sang. “Well, I know broken hearts, a thing or two about divorce, I’ve been there before once, OK twice. And I have not seen my friend in over 10 years and I swear I have never, ever, ever, ever, ever met his wife.”
After insisting she’s not trying to say who’s wrong or who’s right, she addressed Smith herself: “Fixer, I hope you understand to scandalize was never my plan.”
Then Etheridge concluded, “So the moral of this story is divorce is a bitch and nobody wins. Let’s not do unto others and please forgive us our sins, life is too hard anyway. So when you chatting with Andy, you better watch what you say.”
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, on September 19 after two years of marriage and 12 years together.
Watch the video above, and keep an eye out for fellow WWHL guest Kelly Clarkson exclaiming, “Oh my god, this is so juicy!”
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