Kelly Clarkson opened up about fat shaming and responded to recent and longtime bullying she has been subjected to for her weight and body size. She shared her thoughts in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The 32-year-old multi-Grammy winning pop music superstar, and season one American Idol winner is back on the scene with a new album, ‘Piece By Piece,’ which is her sixth and with that the expected stop at The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a friendly chat.
While there is much excitement and fanfare over her return after a hiatus during which she gave birth to her first child, she has also had to intense fat shaming in social media.
That’s not been the least of it either, both on Twitter and on television British TV personality Katie Hopkins subjected Clarkson to some especially withering criticism. So harsh and so extreme, it became an international news story and certainly not the kind of publicity the singer would have wanted.
But while the attention may be new, as Clarkson pointed out during her interview with host Ellen DeGeneres, the fat shaming is nothing new. In fact, in her own words it goes back 13 years, long before we had the term “fat shaming.”
She said, “People are like, ‘I’m so sorry that lady in London was so mean to you.’ And I’m like, ‘Are you serious? Like get in line.’”
Reflecting upon what it was like competing on the first season of American Idol, she said, “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.”
She went on to say of the criticism, “Well, it hurts your feelings more if it’s someone else that you like. You know, if it’s you, you’re just like, ‘Whatever.’”
The subject of her weight has been neverending, and when she returned to public life after giving birth, there was the added “post-baby-body” scrutiny. She spoke out against this last summer when she denounced celebrity outlets for saying she was “debuting” said “post-baby-body” when she released a video of herself doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Clarkson, in her interview with Ellen DeGeneres, went on to say, “I think what hurts my feelings for people is then I’ll have like a meet and greet after a show, and a girl that’s like bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Oh, god,’ and they’ll say, ‘If they think you’re big, I must be like so fat to them.’”
“And it’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are. Whatever size. And it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be that forever.”
Even as there is the ongoing criticism, Kelly Clarkson continues to have success in the pop music business proving, perhaps, that a pop star really doesn’t have to have the figure of a supermodel and the onstage wardrobe that seems lifted from the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
On a lighter note, so to speak, she took part in an an entertaining “Bathroom Concert Series” duet performance of her smash hit ‘Since U Been Gone’ with Ellen DeGeneres. You can see it along with the interview below!
Interview – Kelly Clarkson talks fat shaming
“Since U Been Gone” duet with Ellen DeGeneres
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