Kelly Clarkson: ‘Everybody calls me fat all the time, I can’t wait to have a reason’

As Kaiser so aptly put it recently, Kelly Clarkson has been somewhat “extra” since eloping with her new husband, Brandon Blackstock, and announcing her pregnancy. It’s not a surprise that she’s knocked up, since she declared loudly and often that she and Brandon were trying. What’s surprising to me is the level at which Kelly is revealing her personal life in an effort to promote her holiday album, Red. We’re talking about her all the time lately so in that respect this is probably a good strategy. I just hope she knows when to reign in it.

In a new cover interview with Parade, Kelly shows a sense of humor as she gets candid. She says that she felt “pathetic” during her single phase before meeting her current husband, that she is aware that people call her “fat” (she’s not and I don’t think she was before at all) and that she’s not going to be like Gisele Bundchen and snap right back after her pregnancy. I get it, and she gives a highly quotable interview here.

On her wedding, where she opted to go barefoot beneath her lace Temperley Bridal gown:
“I bawled like a baby. We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it. … Brandon was like, ‘The Notebook ain’t got nothin’ on me—come on!’ And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect.”

On her life prior to dating Blackstock in 2012:
“I was single for almost seven years. Every Christmas, it was like, ‘Seriously, I’m still pathetically alone? Awesome. I’m still telling people I’m okay with it? I’m not.’”

On forgetting the Mr. Know-It-All who came before she found Mr. Right:
“I only had like three boyfriends my whole life before Brandon, and two of them were good, just not a good fit. I only had one real stinker that I wrote [music about] and made a lot of money off of.”

On Blackstock’s initial worries about dating her, since his father, Narvel, is Clarkson’s manager:
“He was like, ‘My dad’s gonna kill me if this doesn’t go well.’ I said, ‘So? We’re both adults. And it’s gonna go awesome!’ In my head, I was like, ‘I’m already married to you!”

On how she knew she would be successful on American Idol in 2002:
“I came home after the very first Idol audition and was like, ‘I’m totally gonna win this.’ Not in a cocky way; it was like something bigger than me was at work.”

On her certainty that she’ll soon be a mom:
“My eggs aren’t getting any younger, so we’ve already started trying. I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’”

On why she’s looking forward to getting pregnant:
“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!”

On how she figures she’ll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
“I’ve never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

[From Parade]

You know who Kelly reminds me a little of? Jessica Simpson. Jessica has that “gee shucks, my life is an open book” shtick, but in Kelly’s case it seems borne out of genuine enthusiasm and happiness more than a tabloid persona. She’s funny, she’s open and she wants to share that with everyone. I also like how upbeat she sounds.

Parade has more online with outtakes from their interview with Kelly. She tells a story about giving Brandon a trip to Alaska to go grizzly bear hunting with her, even though she calls herself “an animal activist.” I hope she’s not too serious about it and isn’t compromising her values at all.

In another new interview with US Magazine, Kelly revealed how Adele told her not to have a baby right away. The two ran into each other at the Grammys, so apparently Adele gave Kelly this advice before she got pregnant. “She said, ‘Girl, don’t have a baby ’cause everything else will go on the back burner. I’m so happy living in babyland.” Kelly just announced her pregnancy, she can’t know that yet! It’s true that everything changes with a baby and child. I have a feeling we’ll hear all about it once Kelly has her baby.




Parade photos credit: Miller Mobley for Parade. Other photos are of Kelly performing on 11-10 and at the CMA Awards on 11-6. Credit: FameFlynet and

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  1. Dani2 says:

    She’s so happy, I hope to god this relationship works out. And yup, Christmas multiplies loneliness x10. I definitely see where she’s coming from with that.

  2. ToodySezHey says:

    All I can say is, LOL

    Gon’ head, Kelly.

  3. mia girl says:

    I swore I’d never find the need to buy another CD of Christmas songs again…
    But I love Kelly’s voice so… looks like I spoke too soon.

    • Spooks says:

      I just thought the same thing.

      I am so happy that writing your own vows is not a custom here. I’m not romantic at all and could never write anything like that, and to read it in front of people? Horrible.
      I even get second hand embarrassment when I see that in movies.
      I never really got how can something be romantic if it’s done in public, like public proposals, etc. It feels like it’s a show, performed for other people, and not the person it was intended to.

  4. Kiddo says:

    She was basically the one thing American Idol got right, isn’t she? Did anyone else win who had the same level of talent after her? I think a couple did, but ultimately didn’t make it big, like Reuben. It seems that the program became more about branding a package and judge drama soon after Kelly. She seems pretty real.

    • L says:

      Carrie Underwood is the other one who won who has had HUGE success since the show. Tons of grammys, cma’s, tons of records.

      Although I think Kelly is more talented than Carrie personally.

    • Macey says:

      Carrie Underwood.

      Those two are the only ones I liked from there. I loved Fantasia voice and predicted her to win from the 1st auditions but her CD absolutely sucked. There was like 1 decent song on there and it was a cover. I havent bought anything from her since.

      I actually hate xmas music. they already started playing it 24/7 on the local radios 2 weeks ago, way too early. I only ever got into Celine Dion and Transiberian Orchestras Xmas cds but even those I only listen to maybe xmas week. I may check out Kelly’s tho just b/c I love her voice. I wish her the best, I dont think she’s intentionally over sharing to promote her cd, I just think she that excited and cant help talking about it. I totally get the single at xmas blues thing too. Luckily it goes by quick and I think of the money Im going to xmas gifts.

    • Kate says:

      Carrie Underwood.

  5. V4Real says:

    Yes she’s a little on the thick side. My brother would love her. Her size is the type he likes. He calls them healthy girls. He often quotes Sir Mix ALot, 36,24,36, only if she’s 5’2. There are plenty of men that love their women with a bit more meat on their bones.

    • Erinn says:

      My fiance, luckily, isn’t a fan of the really skinny look. When he sees the ‘lollipop’ headed celebrities he just can’t understand why they do that to themselves. He’s a fan of the Kat Dennings’, Kelly Clarkson’s, and Jessica Simpson’s of the world.

  6. Itwillrain says:

    I’m sorry, but allowing her wedding pictures to be photoshopped to make her look 20lbs thinner was pathetic. You can see that the official album pics are also photoshopped to death.

    • Bridget says:

      I would’ve allowed a photographer to photoshop my wedding pictures to look thinner. no question.

    • Hannah says:

      I was wondering how she looked so thin in those wedding pics, especially if she is pregnant! I got married last year & lost 7 pounds for the photos the old fashioned way. But, I remember how she sang perfectly at the inaguration after Beyonce lip-synced & I forgive her!

  7. feebee says:

    She never fails to make me smile at least.

  8. blue marie says:

    Yes, she definitely reminds me of J. Simpson a bit. Although I like Clarkson a bit better, both seem fun to hang out with.

    • Kate says:

      Not seeing the Jessica Simpson comparison other than this recent overshare. Jessica is utterly and completely vapid and has about 1/10 the talent of Kelly Clarkson.

      • Dani2 says:

        I wouldn’t say 1/10, Jessica had some pretty solid vocals back in the day. Obviously I have no idea what she sounds like now, last song I heard of hers was “With You” and I never got to hear her sing it live.

      • Spooks says:

        I can’t stand Jessica’s singing. She does that weird breathing thing. Yuck. And she’s dumb, but for some reason that was considered cute. Stupidity is never cute.

      • mayamae says:

        The only similarity I’m seeing is equating pregnancy with being fat. I hope we don’t next hear about Kelly loving buttered poptarts.

  9. Original N says:

    She lost me at ‘animal activist’ that ‘gifts a trip for hunting bears’…which btw, happen to be some of the most phenomenal mothers in the animal world. Sorry, KC…you just ensured I won’t be purchasing your little holiday album!

    edit: I also wish she would go back to being brunette. Blonde looks terrible on her.

  10. Sarah says:

    This gave me the giggles 🙂

  11. Allie says:

    I hate that she makes it sound like its pathetic for women to be single. It can be lonely at times, but lets not pretend you can only have a successful, fulfilled life if you are married. I hope her and her husband work out, but it sounds like she was so desperate to find a man, that any good guy would do.

    • wiffie says:

      I don’t think she was making a blanket statement. Some women feel awful and lonely, some don’t. Some want to be married, some don’t. She was expressing how she feels, not that single women are pathetic. She’s entitled to own her feelings on it.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I don’t think she was desperate to find a man…I’m sure if she just wanted “a man” she could have found someone in the past seven years! She not saying you can’t be successful without being married…Obviously, she WAS successful…but I am of the belief, and I guess Kelly is too, that everything is sweeter, when you are in love, and when you have a family. She didn’t say “everyone” wants that, she said she wanted that…

  12. Suze says:

    I love Kelly’s voice, and I think she usually comes off as being a genuinely nice person, but this recent persona grates on me. Too in-your-face, way too much sharing.

    I get a bad vibe from her husband, too, but I’ve been wrong before and I hope I’m wrong again. At least she’ll have a child, which is what she really really wanted.

  13. Angie says:

    Well she IS fat though,not overly so but she is.

  14. Tiki Bar Queen says:

    she looks normal sized to me. like the average girl where i come from. She just looks bigger compared to Gisele and other supermodels.
    i like kelly and you are right, it seems to be that she is just bursting with happiness which is awesome to see in anybody. Her and Carrie Underwood are holding down the fort for American idol longterm success stories.
    i dont care about her going bear hunting if its for the right reasons . my uncle goes and makes a fantastic bear stew (dont knock it until you try it!). I go bow hunting with my husband and this is the first year I brought down an elk on my own. Now we have meat in the freezer all winter which means more money for presents instead of food.

  15. yeahright says:

    I think Kelly has a body type that people will never accept, 30 lbs lighter or 30 lbs heavier… just like the vast majority of us if we were famous singers.

    She makes me laugh, God love that woman.

  16. Christina says:

    I don’t think Jessica Simpson’s public personality is a “tabloid persona” , I think that’s genuinely how she is too. She’s happy and shares her life.

    It always interesting to me to see two celebs do the same thing/act the same way, and one gets praised and the other ridiculed.

  17. Marigold says:

    I like her enough and I appreciate her enthusiasm but I hate when people equate pregnant to being fat. There is fat and there is pregnant. You can be both but being pregnant does not make you both all by itself.

  18. Dawn says:

    I like her and I agree that she and Carrie Underwood are the only thing that AI got right.

  19. Jag says:

    I’ve typically liked Kelly, and yes, back in the day I was one of the people who dialed for her hundreds of times on American Idol. That said, this interview really turned me off.

    Warning, rant coming:

    Being alone at Christmas isn’t pathetic!

    Women can be single and still be happy! You do NOT need a relationship to be a good person or whole!

    People don’t need a “reason” to be fat! If you’re fat, you’re fat, and if you’re not, you’re not. Be real about who you are and what you look like and don’t give a flip about what other people say!

    Killing grizzly bears and giving someone a trip to kill grizzly bears is NOT being an animal activist!

    Your eggs aren’t “old,” so stop acting like they are! Some women can even become pregnant in their late 40’s!

    /end rant

    • G says:

      Wow, project much?! You are acting like she singled you out, re-read it, she was only talking about herself, not you.

  20. umyeah says:

    She needs to hire a new stylist. All of her outfits are not flattering on her body type. She looked so good on her wedding day. But in her day to day, and at events/red carpet events, she could look so much better. I love her voice and attitude though. She’s like someone you would want to hang out and have a beer with. I’ll take her any day over someone like Carrie Underwood.

  21. Source says:

    I’ll take her over Ice Queen Underwood any day of the week. What a contrast of personalities! Loved Kelly on Idol, while I couldn’t stand Underwood.

    One is real, while the other pastes a phony smile on her face.

    “reign in it”

    Was this supposed to be “rein it in” like she needs to pull back on all the publicity? Or that she needs to “own it.”

    • Amanda_M87 says:

      I personally believe that Carrie Underwood is just very shy. A lot of shy women come across as ice queens. I should know since I’m like that too.

  22. Twez says:

    I don’t care about her weight, but that blonde hair is a travesty.

  23. Itwillrain says:

    Well he’s going to dump her for sure if she doesn’t lose the weight after the baby; he has already proven he is a person of bad character. People don’t change their basic nature.

  24. KellyInSeattle says:

    She is not fat at all.

  25. Maria says:

    I’ve always liked her voice (not necessarily her music/genre) and personality but she’s turned borderline annoying to me. I know people are going to shit all over me for saying this but I liked her way more when she was single and “pathetic”.
    I just can’t stand oversharers in general and to see her doing a 180 is sad.
    If anything’s “pathetix” it’s her changing (her values) for this guy. I hate when people do this, just find someone who can deal with your shit and who’s not a complete dick, and vice versa. I want her to be happy but I don’t need to hear all this information.