Kelly Clarkson emotionally recalls the weight shaming she has gone through Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
Singer Kelly Clarkson attends a fan event celebrating the release of her eighth studio album, "Meaning of Life", at YouTube Space New York on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

When Kelly Clarkson first stepped onto the “American Idol” stage all the way back in 2002, music fans all across the country almost instantly fell in love with her. Not only did she have a killer voice, but she also had an amazing personality, a hysterical sense of humor and a smile that made us want to be her bestie.

We could not care less what she weighed. And all these years later, we still could not care less.

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However, in a new interview with “People,” it’s evident that it hasn’t always been like that. In fact, Kelly says that she routinely heard awful comments about the way she looked back then.

“Even on ‘American Idol’ I was really thin, but I was bigger than the other girls on the show, so people would say things to me,” Kelly says. “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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Today, nearly 15 years later, Kelly is more than fine as she lives a life filled with a plethora of professional and personal accomplishments, including the much-anticipated release of her new album “Meaning of Life,” which just dropped Oct. 27.

And as wife, mother of two and stepmother of two more, she says, “I feel sexy and far more intelligent and wiser,” than she did in the early part of her career. “Once I got married and had kids, my level empowerment grew to another level.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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