Kelly Clarkson on Weight Criticism: 'We Are Who We Are, Whatever Size'

04/03/2015 at 10:39 AM ET

Kelly Clarkson recently had a baby, got married and joined the cast of American Idol as a mentor. But even with all of her recent successes, it seems people can’t stop focusing on her weight. Luckily, the singer doesn’t really care what anyone thinks (remember when she responded to those horrible body-shaming tweets?), and she addressed her critics in a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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When asked about the negativity she’s received regarding her weight, the 32-year-old told DeGeneres she’s been on the receiving end of these comments for years. “I love how people think that’s new — like, ‘Welcome to the past 13 years,’ ” she told the TV host. “Yeah, I was the biggest girl on [American 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.”

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But that doesn’t mean the hurtful comments don’t affect the singer — especially if the comments are coming from someone she knows. “Well, it hurts your feelings more if it’s someone else that you like,” she said. “I think what hurts my feelings for people 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.’ ”

Despite people’s negativity, Clarkson’s going to keep on doing whatever she wants, whether that involves working out or enjoying little indulgences every now and then. “It’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are. Whatever size, and it doesn’t meant that we’re gonna be that forever,” she said. “That’s the thing. Sometimes we’re more fit. Like especially me, I’m such a creative person that I yo-yo. So sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t, and I’m like … I’d rather have wine.” So, exactly like the rest of us, then.

What do you think of the criticism Kelly has gotten over the years?

–Sarah Kinonen

Kelly Clarkson Defends Her Weight: ‘We Are Who We Are’

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BD on

I don’t think she is really big or that her weight is problematic. But I have to admit that I do think she is much prettier in her face with less weight.

Marie on

People are mean about weight. Someone like Kelly is considered too fat while someone like Guiliana is considered disgustingly thin by many people. We live in a shallow world and how we look matters. It’s just the way it is.

The most important thing, in the end, is health. If you’re healthy, that’s all that matters. At least in my book.

Marie on

People are mean about weight. Someone like Kelly is considered too fat while someone like Guiliana is considered disgustingly thin by many people. We live in a shallow world and how we look matters. It’s just the way it is.
The most important thing, in the end, is health. If you’re healthy, that’s all that matters. At least in my book.

Julie on

People can be so cruel sometimes.

Thumper on

There’s a big difference between 22 and 35 and that’s what America seems so uncomfortable seeing. I just turned 40. Counting calories and liking my body is a daily impossible grind. I feel for Kelly. I think she’s beautiful and doing the best she can. Most of us are.

cruella on

For her own sake, she should try and lose the weight. She still is young and the older you get, the more difficult it will be to lose the extra pounds. She doesn’t do herself a favour by pretending everything is honkey dory. She has put on a great deal of weight and it will affect her health in the long term. She is a young mother and for the sake of there child, she should try and slim down. And as for her looks, I really hope she goes brunette again!! Blonde just looks awful on her!

Debs626 on

Kelly you are a pretty and talented lady!
So screw those nasty people!

Patricia on

Kelly, you’re very talented and charming. But you feel great because you’re young. The older you get, the harder it gets to drag those extra pounds around, and the inflammation that belly fat causes in the body can become a factor in your daily sense of well-being. It’s better on those days when you just want wine to buck up and do the kickboxing too. That’s an investment in how good you’re going to feel when you hit sixty. It’s not just about how you feel NOW. It’s also how good you want to feel 30 years from now.

Lauren on

How many Grammys do these bullies have?

nicole on

I just wish people would mind their own business. It’s so weird but now all of a sudden people are so concerned with other people’s body image. If Kelly wants to be heavier than fine- if she’s happy than what do we, the general public care for? Obviously, people will have their own opinions and prejudices….it’s called being human! But being so vocal about it is another and I wish we could move on from judging women’s bodies so much.

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