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Kelly Clarkson: “When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself.”

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On being suicidal while aiming for a skinny figure:

When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself. 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.

But these days, Kelly’s perspective has changed:

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.

… says the 35 year-old singer.

Kelly in 2005:

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nexus
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nexus

Sigh.. Ok, Kelly

Sara
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Sara

No, Kelly, your metabolism is no different than everyone else’s. And few people are “born skinny”. But if she’s comfortable at that weight I guess that’s all that matters. I know I wouldn’t be.

Shantal
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Shantal

Okay…. I mean coming from a Kinesiology major you are incredibly incorrect. Did you just randomly decide that “only a few people have different metabolisms”?

It has been scientifically proven that our metabolism is influenced by genetics AMONG other factors. Now that doesn’t mean we should all be 600 lbs and blame it on our genetics. But still….

daisy
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daisy

I agree, different people have different metabolisms but that doesn’t excuse being more than 40 lbs overweight. Once you’re 50+ lbs. overweight it’s time to look at your diet and hold yourself accountable.

Retrobanana
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Retrobanana

I used to believe that but all my life I was told I had a small metabolism and the. Poof I ate right and was healthy and I now lose weight and easily if I gain it comes off right away. I don’t buy that genetics theory it’s all just to make people s title being out of shape. Anyone can get in shape anyone can change their bodies. I did.

cardo
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cardo

So just because you did the other 7 billion people on this planet can do it too? Bit self-centred innit.

Tw0_Sc00pz
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Tw0_Sc00pz

I don’t think all 7bil of us are having an obesity epidemic–it’s just in the places where processed food is consumed in high amounts, independent of race and culture.

Uma
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Self centred is to believe the entire world is a f~~~~~ like the little bubble where you live in. American, of course, the only people in the world who believe everyone is like them.

ayrisd
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ayrisd

İts good that she doesn’t want to kill herself but unfortunately with that weight a heart disease killing her is more likely! You don’t have to be skinny or look a certain way but we all have to admit that this is not a healthy weight at all..

Jason
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Jason

Yes, you don’t have to look like a model, but at the same time you shouldn’t be unpleasant to look at. She’s literally starting to look like Miss Piggie.

cardo
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cardo

You are unpleasant to listen to so I don’t know what’s worse.

Jason
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Jason

Oh, snap!

Kia
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No kelly, you just don’t like to run.

you can still swim twice a week, take the stairs and walk, stop eating so darn much and so

Terae
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Terae
I’ve never been suicidal so I can’t relate to that, but I do recall being very low at my skinniest and darkest point of disordered eating, crying myself to sleep because I was so hungry…. so no, no one should feel like that and she probably had so much pressure to look a certain way being thrust into the spotlight as she was. However, there’s a happy and healthy balance and if Kelly is happy now, great for her. But I would be surprised if she is maintaining a healthy weight at the size she’s been fluctuating at. What gives… Read more »
CarrieD
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CarrieD
I agree with you. I have no doubt she feels better now because such a low weight clearly wasn’t natural for her, it must have been very hard to maintain and food and workout probably were on her mind 24/7, which is a horrible way to live. But I don’t necessarily think this weight is natural for her either. I don’t think it would be that hard for her to lose 15 or 20 lbs and stay at that weight with a healthy diet. If she feels good, good for her though. I don’t exactly believe it, although I believe… Read more »
anna
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anna

Very small part of metabolism is genetic, its mostly about diet, muscle mass and activity level. It seems to me that she doesn’t eat great or workout much, maybe both. She was thin but not thaaaat skinny when she was younger which also tells me she never had healthy habits, which made it so hard for her to get down to that weight and made her feel so awful.

Lisa
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Lisa

She sings so amazing! She’s not a model who has to monitor her weight for a living so it’s a bit unfair to critique her physical appearance especially when she has this unbelievable talent.

jjj2
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jjj2

Unfortunately she lost a lot of relevance because of the weight gain. She use to look really pretty, was healthy looking, attractive, but she really lost a lot of her apeal. I. Know everyone says it’s all about her voice, but it really isn’t. It’s the whole package that that does it. Yes there are overweight singers, but what helps your popularity the most is the whole package. It’s too bad she doesn’t understand that and also it’s too bad for her health.

cardo
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cardo

Just here to remind you of Adele.

daisy
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daisy

Yes we’ve all heard of Adele but the thing is that she has always been big, and in fact, she’s actually gotten much smaller over the years. Kelly on the other hand started out thin, and her music style is bubblegum pop, a genre which usually involves a thin petite star. (I’m just saying–don’t shoot the messenger! I agree that industry standards aren’t fair. But looking good does help music artists sell records and you know it.)

cardo
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cardo

Maybe that’s true among teenagers, which is already sad enough since it perpetuates the idea that a woman’s worth relies only on her looks. To be fair though, I don’t think people over 25 could care less about how an artist looks in order to like their music. Unless they are extremely superficial or not really into music at all.

daisy
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daisy

Honestly it’s true among ALL age groups, sad to say. To think that good looks don’t help sell records is silly. Look at Kelly’s career. Her weight change did hurt her album sales.

cardo
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cardo

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/23/spotify-musical-midlife-crisis-42-year-old

4u

I’m fairly certain people buying records by the Rolling Stones are not particularly concerned about their looks.

jjj2
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jjj2

No but Mick Jagger may have been considered attractive when he was young and was always thin and in shape. And he stayed that way other than getting older. She gained a lot of weight and lost her looks quickly after becoming popular.

cardo
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cardo

In “shape” thanks to h~~~~~, guess that’s still better than fat Kelly huh.

dawnstar
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dawnstar

it’s common sense really…if you try and force your body into something it shouldn’t be, you’re gonna be miserable. she didn’t say anything wrong…the comments here are a bit much bu i can’t say i’m surprised ¯_(ツ)_/¯

dawnstar
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dawnstar

*but

aaaaa
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aaaaa

so you think its normal natural and healthy for her to be the way she is now? jeez people are out of touch these days…guess that’s what happens when it becomes “normal” to be fat

dawnstar
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dawnstar

please tell me where i said all of that

aaaaa
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aaaaa

by implying that her trying to lose weight is “forcing her body to be something it shouldn’t be”.

Tw0_Sc00pz
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Tw0_Sc00pz

it seems like most people are just annoyed that she’s gone from one extreme to the other.

Pixie
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Pixie
You can still eat, even enjoy food, and not have that much lard. Yes a variance in metabolisms exist, but I also feel as though you can curb your metabolism to work for you. I do believe a lot of it comes from what you do as an adolescent can kickstart the way your metabolism learns to behave. However our daily choices have the biggest impact, not the notion of our metabolism being to blame, unless there’s an actual thyroid problem. I think she just doesn’t want to go through the “pain” of working out or planning her diet better.… Read more »
Pixie
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Pixie

I also liked a few songs off other albums and I’m glad she is no longer suicidal. I’ve found I can be happy and/or suicidal no matter what my weight is so might as well work to like the way I look.

Skyler
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Skyler

Why can’t people understand there’s something in between being obsessive with the gym and obsessive with not caring about your weight?
It comes to a point where it’s not about looks anymore, it’s about health. Obesity kills just as anorexia does.
People need to understand there’s a balance that can provide you with health and happiness.

cardo
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cardo
People do compare obesity an anorexia in terms of health, but they forget most times both have the same mental health/ anxiety/ compulsion issues behind it. Of course there are people who are happily fat, and that’s their choice, and therefore no one should really care or judge those people’s choices. But whereas an anorexic person is obviously sick, an obese person is often seen just as a slob who could easily take better care of themselves. Nobody would tell an anorexic person to “just make the right choices!”, but society is constantly screaming these messages at fat people. Addiction… Read more »
daisy
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daisy
Excellent comment, and I agree with everything that you said. I’ve never been overweight, thankfully, but I did put on 30 lbs a couple years ago due to suffering from stress, depression and anxiety. Thankfully my weight never got out too out of control, but it easily could’ve had I not had a good support system to keep me sane. I’ve always been bothered by the way overweight people are so harshly judged. Most overweight people need help, not criticism. However, saying they’re overweight due to a slow metabolism is a bit of a cop out. So I do have… Read more »
Charlotte
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Charlotte

Sad, she looks terrible–like a typical Midwestern American woman.
When she was what she calls “skinny”, she looked normal.

punani
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punani

I don’t understand how/why she “wanted to kill herself”? I don’t see how running a lot in your tweens “ruins your knees”, if you are not overweight?

She wanted to “kill herself” based on eating less than what’s necessary to be overweight?

All seems like practical hindsight to me?

ANNA89
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ANNA89

I’m skinny (102lbs) 5’3”, 28 years old and I don’t want to kill myself, it’s actually the opposite, I feel healthy, happy and strong eating the right foods. (I’m not on an only salad diet or anything crazy like that either)It’s more about eating real unprocessed food, always some kind of vegetable and portion control.

Eve
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Now you body wants to kill you…

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