Jerry Seinfeld may not be a hugger, but that didn’t stop Kesha from giving it a try. Last month at the Kennedy Center, the pop singer tried to hug the comedian on the red carpet but was turned down. (The ensuing and awkward video went viral.) In a new interview on Sirius XM, Kesha said the incident almost made her swear off hugs for good. But instead, she doubled down on the gesture.
“I had a moment where I was thinking to myself, ‘Maybe I should stop trying to hug everyone and attack them.’ And then I was like, f— that, no,” Kesha said. “I love hugging. Hugging is magical, hugging is beautiful. It’s a beautiful exchange of wonderful soul energy. ‘I accept you.’ It’s this beautiful connection.”
Kesha got the perfect opportunity for redemption a few weeks later when she performed at the same Firefly Music Festival as her artistic idol, Bob Dylan. He was much more amenable to hugging.
“My idol in life, Bob Dylan, agreed to meet up with me because we were playing the same festival. I was so scared because I had just gotten hug-denied. I was a little hug-traumatized. So I walked up, and kind of stood there and smiled. And he just opened his beautiful arms and gave me the most wonderful, healing Bob Dylan hug that I have ever dreamed of. I could just care less about anything else.
Listen to the interview clip below. Rainbow, Kesha’s first new album since 2012, is due out in August.