Kelly Clarkson, known to so many of us as America’s Sweetheart, has had some harsh words from her critics. Critics of her music? No, these critics are the type that shame her, and other women, for their body type. Kelly has been judged when she gains weight, when she loses it, and everything in between.
Clarkson is a breakthrough musical artist and mother to two children. She has always seemed to be one of Hollywood’s more positive stars, but has taken a lot of criticism and critique for her weight fluctuations. She spoke to Redbook about the issue. “That’s already happened to me. They shame you for it. Same thing happened with Miranda Lambert — I had dinner with her and we were talking about that. She was like, ‘Should I gain? Should I lose?'”
“No one actually cares about your health,” Kelly said. “They just care about aesthetics.”
In her interview with Redbook, Clarkson talks about her journey into motherhood, as well as her journey toward being a body-positive role model for all women.
“It’s when I’m fat that I’m happy,” Kelly said. “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.’ For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well.”
35-year-old Clarkson says, “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. People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it.”
Clarkson recently released her eighth album entitled Meaning of Life, and performed at the American Music Awards alongside Pink. She is going to be judging alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys in the upcoming season of The Voice. This down-to-earth-diva is showing us all how it’s done, and how to look beautiful and womanly doing it!