“Art can never be the focus when you’re a woman”

Pink is “saddened and disappointed” by the media coverage of her new album and her fixation on her past clashes with Christina Aguilera. (Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)

Pink is back with a new album, Fall in confidence – but says she is “saddened and disappointed by the narrative” that has dominated her media coverage. The singer seemed to hint at questions about her and Christina Aguilera clashing while recording the 2001 hit “Lady Marmalade,” which also featured Mya and Lil Kim.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, the “What About Us” singer, 43, shared her frustrations with how media coverage of her new music seemed to be more focused on reigniting her alleged feud with Aguilera, 42. Recent headlines have touched on Aguilera’s choice to sing Linda Perry’s ballad “Beautiful” — though Pink praised the performance — and pop stars arguing during the filming of the “Lady Marmalade” music video. In her post, Pink admitted that her candor about her experience working with Aguilera was partly to blame. But she also spoke out against sexist attitudes about how female celebrities are treated.

“While part of the blame lies with me and my inability to lie, and my incredible ability to overshare,” she wrote, alongside a selfie with her son, Jameson. “My real disappointment is that art can never be the focus when you’re a woman. The fact that I created one of the most beautiful albums with the most beautiful people – my ass sang, made me totally vulnerable.”

She added: “11 albums, selling stadiums, raising good kids, regularly employing hundreds of good hard working people, the only thing they ask you over and over again is a silly quarrel about your 20s .

“I also take responsibility,” she continued, noting the quotes she gave about Aguilera. “I’m not in the habit of dodging the **** bull thrown at us hardworking women anymore. I’ve been known to say too much. But I’ve never lied. And for every woman or two, I’ve had a problem with, there’s hundreds that I’ve complimented, supported and loved. But we don’t talk about that.”

In contrast, the pop star (whose real name is Alecia Moore) added, male celebrities have a free pass in case of conflict. She referenced actors such as Christian Bale, who made headlines in 2009 after an explosion on the set of Hi Terminator.

“Wonder when was the last time Bradley Cooper or Robert De Niro was asked interview after interview about an argument they ever had,” she wrote. “And Christian Bale? We stick to the art with them, don’t we? I wish I had the same opportunity.”

“I also believe in genuine apologies and acknowledging your mistakes,” she continued. “I should say less. Every time. Say less. Something I’m working on. It was a good reminder. My wish is to share the pains and celebrations of this messy life through music and on stage. And I accomplished this, incredibly and consistently.”

She ended her message with a note to Aguilera, writing: “To Christina – you know where we are. Resolved. Onward and upwards. And thank you all for listening – and for 25 years of love and incredible support.”

Pink (with Aguilera and Mya at the 2002 Grammys) clarifies her alleged feud and how it was covered by the media.  (Photo: Reuters)

Pink (with Aguilera and Mya at the 2002 Grammys) clarifies her alleged feud and how it was covered in the media. (Photo: Reuters)

The “Cover Me in Sunshine” singer’s post drew a lot of positive comments, with Busy Philipps among those who left supportive comments.

“Honey, they are always ready to reduce women to clickbait,” the actress wrote. “You are and always have been so much more than that – as an artist and a human – you are incredibly powerful. Keep sharing as much as you do. It’s refreshing and interesting and really – f*** this misogynistic culture to make you think you have to say less.”

Pink’s message comes after her Twitter response last week to claim she was “shading” Aguilera after discussing working on “Lady Marmalade.”

“If you don’t know by now, I’m not ‘shadowing’ someone by telling them over and over again what really happened,” she shot back. “I’m zero percent interested in your fucking drama. If you haven’t noticed – I’m kinda busy selling… And by selling, I mean tickets and albums and bake sales and shit.”

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