Kelly Clarkson felt under more pressure about her size when she thinner because she was not “super healthy”.
Throughout her 18 years in the music industry, the Since U Been Gone singer’s weight has fluctuated and she has been very candid with fans about her losses and gains.
But in a new interview with Glamour U.K., Kelly admitted she had a tougher time when she was “really thin” because she felt pressured to compete with stars who were smaller than her and had a completely different public image.
“I felt more pressure from people actually when I was thin, when I was really thin and not super healthy because I just was worn out, just working so hard and not keeping healthy habits. But I felt more pressure,” she confessed. “It was more of magazines shoved in front of you and, ‘This is what you’re competing with and we’ve got to compete with it.’ I can’t compete with that.
“That’s not even my image. That’s not who I am. That’s who they are. We’re all different and it’s O.K. I fought more when I was thinner than I do now, because now I just walk in and I just look at them like, ‘I dare you to say something. I’m happy in my life. I’ll work on me in my time!'”
Kelly also insisted that weight doesn’t always matter – as she was hired to be a judge on The Voice U.S. in 2018 when she was at her “heaviest point”.
“Paul (Telegdy) hired me from NBC because he loved my personality, he loved that I connect with people and I’m really raw and real. It had nothing to do with my sex appeal or my look aesthetically,” the 38-year-old shared. “It had to do with me as a person. I think it’s really up to artists to force people to have that mentality.”
The interview was published just days after it was revealed Kelly had filed for divorce from her manager husband Brandon Blackstock after seven years of marriage.
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