British singer Jessie J was one of the judges on the UK version of the hit series The Voice and developed a bit of a reputation for being a diva. Now though, while talking to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Jessie says that these diva claims are untrue and were only brought up because she is a woman.
Jessie said, "The diva thing [routinely turning up late to film] on the show made me laugh, because [which female presenter] hasn't had it? I spoke to Tulisa about it and Kelly Rowland and Nicole Scherzinger, I know all of them. They all had the same thing. No-one spoke about Danny, Will or Tom when they were late – but we were all late – some days. Like we all are for work sometimes."
She added, "But it's just one of those things - it is what it is. You know, as a woman, it is tough to get to the top – like to get to that respected level in this industry – in any industry I think. Like, I'm sitting at the same awards ceremony tables. I'm going to the same massive meetings. I'm performing at the Olympics with all these guys."
Jessie J has decided not to return for the next season of The Voice, along with fellow coach Danny O'Donoghue. There have been suggestions of who could replace them, with some claiming that Will Young and Andrea Corr could be the ideal replacements.