Kelly Clarkson became an overnight sensation when she won the first ever season of American Idol in 2002. Clarkson became known as "America's sweetheart" on the show for her quirky and sweet personality and became known as a music sensation for her amazing vocal range and tone.
Since the show aired 15 years ago, Clarkson has won several Grammys, CMAs, MTV awards, Disney awards, and AMAs. Clarkson is no stranger to success, but she is also no stranger to the additional stress that has been a result of her success.
In a recent interview, Clarkson opened up about a time in her life when she battled with depression. When her sophomore album "Breakaway" was released in 2004, the world heard a well-produced album with powerful lyrics. For Clarkson, the album represented so much more.
As soon as the album became popular, Clarkson said that she began feeling an immense pressure to lose weight and to look like her peers in the music industry. Since she had battled with bulimia in high school, the singer knew that she was in a "losing battle."
She said, "When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself. I was miserable, like inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense."
She continued, "I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet, because all I would do is put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time."
Clarkson said that she knew she needed to learn how to control her life again. She fired her manager and realized she needed to be around people who were positive and would encourage her.
She said, "There's a song on My December called 'Sober.' There's this line—'picked the weeds but kept the flowers'—and I just live my life by that, because you are who you surround yourself with. I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there, too...It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light."
After her interview went live on Monday and people began to misinterpret her comments, Clarkson took to Twitter to clear up the air.
She said, "Just to clear something up. I wasn't ever miserable because I had to be thin. I said I was miserable & as a result, I became thin...I've never contemplated suicide because of my weight. I said people had no idea I was unhappy oddly enough because I appeared healthy."
Today, Clarkson cares more to talk about her music and work rather than her appearance. The "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" singer has overcome insecurities.
She had previously said, "I don't obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it. There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism–that is not me. I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has."
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