Kelly Clarkson Talks About Being Weight Shamed

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Kelly Clarkson is (unfortunately) no stranger to people commenting on and judging her weight.

Over the last month, past issues with her weight resurfaced. It started when Clarkson gave an interview to Attitude, claiming, “When I was really skinny and unhappy, I wanted to kill myself. I was miserable, like inside and out, for four years of my life.” She goes on to comment that since she looked “aesthetically” pleasing on the outside, no one really cared about her inner struggles.

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After the article went up, she clarified her comments on Twitter. “Just to clear something up. I wasn’t ever miserable because I had to be thin,” she wrote. “I said I was miserable & as a result I became thin.”

She further stated in a tweet that she never contemplated suicide because of her weight. “I said people had no idea I was unhappy oddly enough because I appeared healthy.”

With this piece put to rest, the singer once again has opened up about past weight problems.

In the most recent issue of People, Clarkson talks about her time on American Idol and the pressures she felt about her weight. She says that even though she was thin while on the show in 2002, there were other girls who were thinner than her. “So people would say things to me.” She continues, “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.’”

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Now, Clarkson says that being a mother and wife have helped her find balance and happiness. “I don’t think you have to get married. I don’t think you have to have children,” she told the magazine. “But once I got married and had kids, my level of empowerment grew to another level.”

Hopefully her past struggles and new-found empowerment can help other women find theirs as well.

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