Melissa Etheridge is sticking to her guns after speaking out against Angelina Jolie in the wake of her separation from Brad Pitt, appearing on Wednesday night’s episode of Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live to perform a song she wrote after the actress’ camp allegedly reached out to her.
The 55-year-old Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performed “The Fixer Blues,” the title of which references Jolie’s recently hired crisis manager Judy Smith, whose life inspired the TV show Scandal, as Cohen and fellow guest, Kelly Clarkson, looked on.
“Oh my God, this is hilarious. I’ve been reading the lyrics,” Clarkson said, laughing as Etheridge prefaced the performance by saying, “I understand. I haven’t spoken to Brad in forever… Every time I say something it gets turned around and twisted and all of a sudden I’m saying something about [Jolie]… So, I thought I would do what I do best and I wrote a song about today… I just finished it… That’s what I was doing in the dressing room!”
“Well I woke up this morning to a subtle warning / That had my mind rockin’,” Etheridge sang. “Seems I said some things about an old, old, old friend / That’s got some people talking / Now I know broken heart, a thing or two about divorce / I’ve been there before once… OK, twice.”
The song continued: “I have not seen my friend in over 10 years / I swear I have never, ever, ever, ever met his wife / I tell you what, I ain’t pickin’ no fight / None of my business who’s wrong or who’s right / Anyway, that’s for sure my opinion is mine / You can take that and a dime and have a good time on your Google search so / Fixer I hope you understand to scandalize was never my plan / Reminiscin’ I was flowin’ / I was just hanging with my good friend Andy Cohen / Talking about our spouses and our own glass houses / 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’re chatting with Andy / You better watch what you say.”
On Monday, Etheridge, a former longtime friend of Pitt’s, made headlines after appearing on Cohen’s Sirius XM radio show, Andy Cohen Live, speaking out against Jolie’s public handling of the divorce.
“It breaks my heart that anyone would take something as personal as your marriage and your relationship and your rights to your children and do it as purposefully as I see it’s being done,” she said.
She later criticized Jolie’s legal team for their handling of the divorce.
“There’s a way to be. I’ve gone through family courts,” Etheridge said, referencing her own marriages to Linda Wallem and Tammy Lynn Michaels. “I’ve been twice around this block, and I know it really well, and I know when there’s some forethought to just how mean [you can be] and just how you’re going to put disinformation out there first.”
Etheridge previously performed at Pitt’s wedding to Jennifer Aniston in 2000. Additionally, she once considered asking the Allied actor to be a sperm donor for her kids.
“Well actually, [Brad Pitt] was such a good friend of mine, and we did consider it,” the singer told Australia’s Studio 10 in March. “And yet, I looked and I saw how badly he wanted children and I thought, ‘I don’t want to share this with someone who really, badly wants children because my children don’t need another parent — they have two.’ ”
Watch Etheridge’s performance of “The Fixer Blues” above.