Many female music acts have stepped out in support of Kesha, currently tangled in a legal fiasco with her Sony label and producer Dr. Luke. While Adele took to the 2016 Brit Awards stage on Wednesday to offer her public support for the pop star — and others have taken a stand on social media, including Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga — Zendaya is the latest powerhouse to voice her thoughts on Kesha’s situation.
“My heart goes out [to Kesha],” she told Billboard at a fan meet-and-greet at New York’s The Black Tap on Friday (Feb. 26). “It’s heartbreaking and I couldn’t ever imagine going through something like that.”
Zendaya has been vocal about social issues in the past. The singer/actress and CoverGirl rep has become a role model for ladies of all ages after taking a stand against E! News host Giuliana Rancic’s past comments about her hair or championing body confidence by sharing un-retouched photos from a magazine shoot with her 21.6 million followers on Instagram.
While the 19-year-old songbird — who posed for photos and showered fans with large candy-coated milkshakes throughout the two-hour soiree — admits she can’t relate to Kesha’s situation, she believes that the attention is warranted and serves as an opportunity to empower women.
“Fortunately, it’s never happened to me, but I’m glad that the conversation is happening and that a light is being shown on the issue that she’s having,” she adds. “It’s beautiful to see all this love, all these people surrounding her and blanketing her with kindness, love and support. I think that’s what we need to do, ’cause I don’t even know how to speak on it.”
She continues, “It sounds so terrible, but it’s not something that I can truly speak on ’cause I can’t explain that to anybody. I’m just here to be a person of support and direct attention towards it. It’s all honestly about shedding light on the issue. Hopefully, she gets everything out of it that she needs to and is able to, in a sense, recover and bring so much empowerment to women at the same time — that’s what she’s doing.”