It goes without saying that Kelly Clarkson’s talent is undeniable. She emerged from the very first season of American Idol as the winner and proved that talent competition shows could actually spur some serious talent.
For all the praise and recognition Kelly’s gotten for her killer vocals, there’s also been a downside to her fame. During Kelly’s more than 16 years in the spotlight, her fluctuating weight has always been a topic of discussion.
Kelly was just 20 years old when she appeared on American Idol. While she was thin, she was still criticized for being bigger than other women she competed against. Throughout her career, Kelly’s weight has gone up and down. Kelly’s happy in the skin she’s in, regardless of the number on the scale.
Critics are harder to please, however, and as she’s matured and come into her own in her career, she’s opened up about her weight and how it correlates to her overall emotional health.
Kelly Clarkson has demonstrated some serious star power throughout her career. Despite that, she’s never lost her girl-next-door approachability.
While these days she’s known for her judging gig on The Voice and her success in country music, you can’t ignore where Kelly’s career began.
Kelly was just 20 years old when she soared to victory on season one of American Idol.
Even in the early days, criticism of Kelly’s weight was there. She told People, “Even on American Idol I was really thin, but I was bigger than the other girls on the show, so people would say things to me, but luckily I am super confident, so I’ve never had a problem with shutting people down and saying, ‘Yeah, you know, that’s just what I’m rocking. It’s fine.'”
Kelly has even acknowledged that she briefly struggled with bulimia in high school, reasoning that she’d get more parts in school plays and opportunities to sing if she were thinner.
As her career progressed, Kelly gained and lost weight several times. She’s always maintained that she’s happy with her body, no matter what size she is.
One of the more vicious attacks related to her weight came from Britain’s Katie Hopkins, who commented on Kelly’s weight one year after she gave birth to daughter River Rose.
Katie slammed Kelly in a series of tweets that really didn’t hold back when it came to her opinion on Kelly’s figure.
Kelly didn’t particularly care about Katie’s comments. She did, however, express her concern for how such comments affect others. “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, like, 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.'”
Kelly went on to express that while sometimes she gets into eating healthier and working out, other times she’s more interested in kicking back with a glass of wine on the couch. For her, she equates her thinner days with stress and hard times and sees her fuller-figured self as her happier self.
Kelly’s weight has gotten some attention yet again in recent months when she debuted a new, slimmed-down look.
Kelly’s been open about how she lost the weight and why. She told Extra, “I literally read this book, and I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had and I had a thyroid issue, and now all my levels are back up. I’m not on medicine anymore because of this book, it’s called The Plant Paradox [by Steven R. Gundry, MD]. It’s basically about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic… Literally, I haven’t worked out at all!”
Like so many of us, Kelly noticed she put on a few pounds over the holidays. She joked about it in a tweet about tight pants and returning the weight to whoever lost it.
It’s awesome to see a woman with Kelly’s platform and degree of success continuously discussing her weight in an honest manner. She’s an inspiration to us all.