Country music star Carrie Underwood is getting backlash after a statement she made during a recent interview. The American Idol season 4 winner made a statement supportive of gay couples to the U.K. paper 'The Independent' and some U.S. fans disapprove.
"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," she told Independent reporter Guy Adams. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
Carrie Underwood: Devout Christian
Since the interview was published June 9, backlash has grown. Underwood, a devout Christian herself whose biggest hit is 'Jesus Take the Wheel', has been called all manner of nasty names by fans and some compared her to the devil. Many have commented on the internet that they are fans of hers no more. Underwood, married to NHL hockey star Mike Fisher, also a Christian, issued a statement about the growing controversy on Thursday.
"I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how," the statement read. "I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy. I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that's wonderful. If not, that's OK too."
Underwood plays Royal Albert Hall
Her first U.K. concert was Thursday, June 21 in the Royal Albert Hall in London and her views on gay marriage didn't make a difference to her fans there. The concert was sold-out and the crowd was lively, with Underwood calling them "amazing." Promoting her new album, 'Blown Away', she next plays Australia, starting in Melbourne on June 26, and in that country a show has been added due to ticket demand.
She also has people in the United States who are Christian who still support her and support her views on gay marriage, including those in the non-denominational church she and Fisher attend in Nashville. She talked about her church in the original interview with 'The Independent'.
"Our church is gay friendly," she said. "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or 'everyone has to be like me'. No. We're all different. That's what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other.
"It's not up to me to judge anybody."