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We’re starting to think that Kelly Clarkson’s name is synonymous with the word “honesty.” Her candor and openness are becoming as admired as her incredible voice and music. And it is that authenticity that is making her so well-loved and respected as an entertainer and as a person.

Even when it comes to how she raises her children, Kelly seems to hold nothing back. She recently shared her very honest thoughts on spanking her children, but now, in a different vein, she is talking about how she is empowering her daughters in a world of gender imbalance.

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On the red carpet for the Jan. 7 Golden Globe Awards, Kelly spoke with “Entertainment Tonight” host Nancy O’Dell and she explained that she is “blunt and bold” when it comes to educating 3-year-old River Rose and 16-year-old stepdaughter Savannah about men.

“First of all, they’ll say anything to get there,” she laughed about men and sex. Kelly then turned more serious and added, “And then, too, just respect yourself. Make sure you respect yourself first enough and be bold in your own person, and then others will be forced to. Unfortunately, not everyone does, as we have found.”

Earlier in the interview, Kelly admitted that she had previously been a bit innocent regarding what was happening in the entertainment industry with sexual harassment and assault. “I was just really shocked. I didn’t know it was happening. I know that sounds naive, but nothing like that has happened around me.” She went on to say, “It’s grotesque, the stories that have come out. I have daughters, I don’t want this stuff happening. I don’t want anyone else’s kids or anybody struggling like that when you’re just trying to make your dream happen.”

And Kelly is a big proponent of helping others make their dreams happen. That’s part of the reason she became involved with “The Voice,” where she will be a coach on the upcoming season.

“It’s so much fun,” she said. “It’s cooler, I think, for people like me and Jennifer Hudson because we’re those kids. We’ve been those kids [auditioning] and so it’s cool to pay it forward in some way and pay it back and push their career forward like somebody did for us.”

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Longtime fans will recall that the beloved Texan was the very first singer to win the inaugural season of “American Idol” back in 2002. The win jet-propelled her career with her first No. 1 single, “A Moment Like This,” and her 2003 multi-platinum debut album, “Thankful,” which also included the sassy “Miss Independent.”

While we wait for season 14 of “The Voice” to kick off, and wait for details on Kelly’s “Meaning of Life World Tour” to be announced, we’re tickled that she has now launched the “Minute + Glass of Wine with Kelly Clarkson” video series. Yes!! Kelly posted her first episode on YouTube after the Golden Globes and, in typical fashion, she steps in front of the camera sans glam but with a nice glass of red wine in her hand.

“The point isn’t to get drunk, let’s have that little PSA moment” she laughs. “It’s to relax and have a minute and I’m going to talk about things that are important to me like albums I love, movies I’m into.”

She also says, “Sometimes I’ll sing. I know people keep asking me to be online more, but y’all, I have four children and a life.”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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