Kelly Clarkson became a household name after winning the inaugural season of “American Idol”, but the music industry has never been too kind to her.
Clarkson had a chance at success even before being crowned as the first ever winner of the singing competition. She was offered two record deals prior to “American Idol”, but it wasn’t the right fit: “They were like, ‘you have to lose 20 pounds and basically sign your life away’ — and I was small then, by the way,” she told Good Housekeeping.
Adding: “I don’t want to start a relationship with somebody who says something like that. And this is my gift, and they wanted to take all the profit from me working my butt off. Why would I?”
The skyrocketing success she found after competing on the show was also a lot to handle: “I was in a very dark place for a long time. It’s just so hard to have normalcy. I love to sing, 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 travelling, because I’m never home. It’s hard when you have a family.”
But Clarkson, 34, has since found comfort in the loving embrace of her family: “[My husband] Brandon and I have a date night every night — we’ll get the kids to bed and go out by the lake with a glass of wine, and the next thing we know, it’s 2 A.M. We’re tired in the morning, but we need that time to stay connected.”
And let’s not forget about her two-year-old daughter, River Rose: “I sound like such a tool, but becoming a mother has made me next-level confident. I’ve never felt more empowered. I feel like my 20s were spent walking on eggshells making sure everyone felt loved and not really expressing my opinion. As a mom, you just don’t have time, so you get straight to the point.”
The American singer released her first children’s book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby”, last month.