Let’s just be real about one thing: Kelly Clarkson is a gift.
A real, honest-to-goodness, no-foolin’ gift.
She’s wonderful and beautiful and so amazingly talented, no matter how much she weighs.
But, unfortunately, some people disagree. Some people would rather she lose weight than just share her incredible self with the world.
And that is a crying shame.
In a new interview with Good Housekeeping, Kelly revealed that before the world met her on American Idol, she was offered two different record deals.
She didn’t take them, though, because of truly upsetting reasons.
“They were like, ‘You have to lose 20 pounds and basically sign your life away,'” Kelly explained. “And I was small then, by the way.”
“I don’t want to start a relationship with somebody who says something like that.”
“And this is my gift,” she added, “and they wanted to take all the profit from me working my butt off. Why would I?”
The interviewer asked Kelly where she got the nerve to turn down not one but two record deals, and her answer was, of course, just great.
“I’m from a small town where everybody always has something to say,” she said. “You shouldn’t sing secular music, you shouldn’t do this or do that. A ton of ‘shouldn’ts.'”
“I learned quickly to develop a thick skin and say, ‘This is my life; these are my fingerprints; I’m unique; this is what I want to do. You worry about your own front porch and what’s happening in your own world.”
Are you crying yet? Yeah, same.
But as absolutely glorious as Kelly is, she’s had her hard times, too.
About dealing with fame, Kelly said “I was in a very dark place for a long time. It’s just so hard to have normalcy.”
“I love to sing,” she explained, “and I love to talk to people at meet-and-greets. It’s just all the crap that comes along with this job.”
“I don’t love traveling, because I’m never home. It’s hard when you have a family.”
Oh, and about that family — Kelly has two children with her husband, Brandon Blackstock, and they’re also raising his two children from a previous relationship.
And she says that, because of them, she feels “constant guilt.”
“I don’t have to work,” she said, “I think it’s because I have that option that I feel the guit.”
“But it’s important for my girls, especially, to see me as a woman accomplishing all these things while nailing it as a mom. I always come back to that.”
And while she’s clearly “nailing it” in the motherhood department, she says she’s done having babies.
“I’m not going to be pregnant anymore,” she revealed. “We made that scientifically impossible for both of us, because I have the world’s worst pregnancies.”
“I basically told my ob-gyn, ‘If you don’t handle this and i get pregnant, I’m going to find you!'”
Are we sad that we’re not going to see any more absolutely adorable spawns of Kelly Clarkson? Yes.
Are we so very, very glad that she’s even in our lives in the first place? Yes.