Singer Kelly Clarkson is fed up with society’s unrealistic beauty standards! Since rising to fame in the early 2000s, the American Idol alum has experienced firsthand showbiz superficiality and wants her fans to understand that while Hollywood can be glamorous, it’s basically all an illusion.
During a recent interview with People, Kelly joked “this is actual fake news” while pointing to her hair and face. The 36-year-old then explained, “I think that sometimes Hollywood can be very ‘Oh, we don’t want people to see what we really look like. That’ll be the death of you or something.’ And it’s like, ‘Whatever!’ Everybody poops. Everybody burps. Everybody’s the same.”
In another interview, the mom-of-two said that society’s beauty standards don’t just apply to hair and makeup — everyone is fixated on her weight, too. “People think, Oh, there’s something wrong with her. She’s putting on weight,” she previously shared with Redbook. “I’m like, ‘Oh, no! I’m sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world.’ No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics. It’s when I’m fat that I’m happy.”
Kelly now tries to teach her fans that it’s ok be comfortable in your own skin and to not look like everyone else through her music. After battling her weight for years and going through a very dark period in high school where she struggled with bulimia, Kelly has said that she now loves herself inside and out, and there is nothing wrong with that.
“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,” she confessed. “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.”
Kelly has also spoken out about teaching her two kids — daughter River Rose, 3, and son Remington, 2 — about vanity. “I try not to compliment our boys or our girls so much on aesthetics,” Kelly told People. “If they look handsome or beautiful, obviously we’ll say that, but I’m really adamant about everyone around us always saying like ‘God, you’re clever. You’re smart. You’re witty, you’re funny… all the other things that make character.”