The tabloid headlines might have lead you to believe that Kylie Minogue personally called Kylie Jenner "a secondary reality television personality" during their legal dispute over trademark rights to their shared first name, but Minogue wants you to know that that's not true. She's simply an experienced music icon and businesswoman whose lawyers must deal with these sorts of issues when they come up, and if one of those lawyers happens to accidentally shade a Kardashian-Jenner in the process, well, that's unfortunate. But it definitely wasn't personal.
"I've never met Kylie Jenner," Minogue tells Rolling Stone. "I've never met any member of the family," before she suddenly remembered, "Actually, I've met Kendall just in passing at a fashion event."
"It's awkward, because fans get so loyal and vocal, and we love that!" Minogue continues. "But it was nothing personal at all, I'm at pains to say."
"Trademark is long, it's boring, it's expensive, and it's really important. I've been doing that for years and years. It was just causing confusion with customers. As long as it's clear, then we can all win."
Of course, to put the story in context we have to wade a little bit into that long, boring world of trademark. Last year when Jenner attempted to trademark the word "Kylie" in conjunction with the promotion of certain product categories with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Minogue's legal team understandably stepped in. After all, Minogue has owned the website Kylie.com since before Jenner was even born. She's arguably responsible for popularizing the name beyond its native Australia after all, and has been a worldwide pop star for close to 30 years.
In legal filings, Minogue's lawyers characterized Jenner as "a secondary reality television personality" who is best known for being "active on social media where her photographic exhibitionism and controversial posts have drawn criticism from, e.g., the Disability Rights and African-American communities."
Though, as we explained in our original story on the issue, this is just what lawyers do. They don't file paperwork to be nice. They file it to win their case.
Minogue wants you to know that she had no hand in writing it.
"Can you imagine me saying that?! That was just unfortunate that that is how those lawyers speak," she told Rolling Stone. "So I genuinely hope that it's understood: That certainly did not come from me. Good news is, that's all wrapped up, we didn't have to go to court. That's all done. And I'm sure I'll meet them one day."
We're sure Kris Jenner is somewhere writing down "Kylie Minogue cameo?" down on her pad of possible Keeping Up With The Kardashian storyline ideas right now.
While Jenner has stepped away from the spotlight during her reported pregnancy, Minogue is busy stepping back in to it in preparation of the release of her 13th studio album Golden. Indeed, just this week she released the video for first single "Dancing," a clip so sparkly that it puts your Kirakira app to shame.
We're also sure Minogue didn't mean to unintentionally shade Justin Timberlake by doing the whole "Popstar does country western drag" better than whatever is happening on Man of the Woods either. She can't help it. She's Kylie Minogue. These things just happen.