To say Kelly Clarkson is having a successful year is probably an understatement. The talented singer has recently had a baby, released a new album and has returned to the show that made her famous, American Idol, as a mentor.
Talk about kicking goals. But all we’re hearing about? Her weight. Again.
Talking on his US radio show, host Michael Gallagher said, “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson?… Holy cow, did she blow up.”
His guest, Fox anchor Chris Wallace’s response? “She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while.” (Post continues after gallery.)
These comments come just weeks after Clarkson (very classily, mind you) addressed nasty tweets from controversial UK columnist Katie Hopkins accusing her “of eating all her backing singers” by saying, “It doesn’t bother me”.
“It’s a free world. Say what you will,” she told Heat Magazine. “I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family – I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”
While the talented singer certainly has a great attitude in dealing with negative comments, it’s saddening to hear why she should even have to deal with commentary about her weight.
“I love how people think that’s new – like, ‘Welcome to the past 13 years,'” the 32 year-old told Ellen last week. “Yeah, I was the biggest girl on [Americon Idol], too. And I wasn’t big, but people would call me big because I was the biggest one on Idol and I’ve kind of always gotten that.”
And although Clarkson may have been forced to develop a thick skin over the years, that doesn’t mean she’s immune to the nasty comments.
"I think what hurts my feelings... 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.'"
To that, Clarkson has some inspiring advice.
"It's like, you're just who you are. We are who we are. Whatever size, and it doesn't mean that we're gonna be that forever," she told Ellen.