Kylie Minogue is opening up about her one-time legal dispute with Kylie Jenner.
During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Tuesday, the 54-year-old Australian singer-songwriter spoke about formally blocking Jenner from trademarking their shared first name, “Kylie,” for her then-soon-to-be-launched cosmetics brand.
“It was just business, obviously,” Minogue was quoted as saying by Page Six.
“Look, when I was named Kylie, I think I met one person older than me called Kylie. So it’s kind of unusual,” the “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” singer explained. “I’ve spent a lifetime protecting my brand and building my brand, so it was just something that had to be done. We came to an agreement.”
Host Andy Cohen asked Minogue if she had to call Kris Jenner to set the record straight. The superstar said she didn’t but added that she would “love to meet” the Kardashian-Jenner family.
Before launching her now-billion-dollar beauty brand Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner, 24, applied to trademark her first name in 2015 for “advertising” and “endorsement services.”
The following year, Minogue’s team filed an opposition to Jenner’s trademark attempt, pointing out that the “internationally renowned performing artist, humanitarian and breast cancer activist” already owned the trademark for “Kylie Minogue” and had owned Kylie.com since 1996.
Jenner’s trademark application was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The reality star later launched Kylie Cosmetics and trademarked the company name.
Minogue also launched her own beauty brand — simply named Kylie — in 2019. Currently, it offers five products: a lip oil, lip gloss, eye to cheek glitter, lip to cheek color and three shades of eyeshadow.
Minogue previously addressed her trademark dispute with Jenner in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2018.
“I’ve never met Kylie Jenner. I’ve never met any member of the family – actually, I’ve met Kendall just in passing at a fashion event – but I honestly don’t know them. It’s awkward, because fans get so loyal and vocal, and we love that! But it was nothing personal at all, I’m at pains to say,” she explained.
She added that the trademark dispute was “long,” “boring” and “expensive” but that she believed it was “really important” because confusion between the two could arise otherwise.
Minogue also clarified that the reference to Jenner as a “secondary reality television personality” in her legal filing “certainly did not come from me.”