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Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her Body Image

Country Living logo Country Living 5/17/2018 Temi Adebowale

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Kelly Clarkson has captured fans' hearts ever since she won the first season of American Idol back in 2002. Since then, Clarkson has never been shy about sharing her story with the world. 

She's been open and honest about subjects like her absentee father and her strong relationship with her stepchildren. And one topic that Clarkson definitely doesn't shy away from is body image and her weight. The 36-year-old singer has been open about how public scrutiny of her appearance has affected her, and her words are relatable to anyone that's struggled with their self-image. Here are a few highlights of what she's said in the past. 

1. On Helping Fans:

“I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet-and-greet after the show and a girl who’s bigger than me will be in the meet-and-greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big, I must be so fat to them,'” Clarkson revealed during an appearance on Ellen in 2015. "We just are who we are. You are who you are."

2. On Owning What You Have:

"There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism–that is not me. I wish I had a better metabolism," Clarkson told Redbook in 2015. "But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has."

3. On Not Caring What Others Think:

The lives got me like.. #VoteBrynn #VoteKaleb #TheVoice @nbcthevoice

A post shared by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on May 14, 2018 at 6:19pm PDT

"People think, Oh, there's something wrong with her. She's putting on weight. I'm like, 'Oh, no! I'm sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world'", she told Redbook in 2017. If you gauge your life on what other people think, you're going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone."

4. On How Pregnancy Changed Her Body:

Full gallery of #LoveSoSoft BTS is live y'all!! Link in bio!

A post shared by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on Sep 26, 2017 at 9:24am PDT

"I think it's very important for me to be very open about my weight and people asking about it. Obviously, this is not my goal weight, if anyone's asking, but I had two kids," Clarkson said at the New York City SHE Summit in 2016. "I felt like I was perfect for three years. And I didn't want to lose the weight back then, I knew I was gonna have another kid."

5. On Social Media And Photoshop:

Clarkson also opened up about how social media is not reality at the SHE Summit. "I think it's important to tell girls that Photoshop is not reality, that's not what we look like, that's not what we want people to see," she said. 

6. On Responding to Haters:

Thank you @charles_dujic for sending this to me 😊 love this!

A post shared by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on Nov 25, 2017 at 10:56am PST

After British media personality Katie Hopkins sent out some fat-shaming tweets toward Clarkson, asking if she had "eaten her backing singers," Clarkson responded in the best way.

"I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will. I've just never cared what people think," she told Heat Magazine in 2015. "It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing."

7. On Being a Role Model:

Love meeting all of you! #booksigning #riverroseandthemagicallullaby

A post shared by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on Oct 5, 2016 at 5:59pm PDT

"The media has always been obsessed with [my size]. And I have felt conflicted over the years. Do you address it? Do you talk about it? Because then you just add to the noise," she told the Daily Mail in 2017. "But people like me [need] to talk about it, so I don’t really mind carrying that flag. I love that people come up to me and say: 'Because you are comfortable in your skin, you have made me more comfortable in mine.' That’s the best compliment ever." 

8. On Happiness:

Clarkson also told the Daily Mail, "Too skinny, too fat, too blonde-so much blah. This is who I am and I'm happy. Happy looks different on everyone."

Gallery: 20 body flaws that really aren’t (courtesy Best Life)

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