Fox News anchor Chris Wallace decided to tell the world what he thought about singing star Kelly Clarkson – but it wasn’t her musical talent that he wanted to analyze. Instead, Wallace offered up a catty comment on Kelly’s weight gain, and now he’s finding himself the one who’s being criticized, reported Life & Style.
The happy new mom of a baby girl, Kelly openly admits that she’s gained weight. So Wallace and radio host Mike Gallagher decided to make sure that she and all their listeners knew their views.
“Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up,” zinged Mike.
“She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little bit,” agreed Wallace.
He added a sprinkling of anchovy-style compliments to the pizza criticism.
“But she’s got a great voice,” conceded Chris.
In addition to those comments, British TV personality Katie Hopkins slammed Kelly for her weight gain.
Visiting Ellen DeGeneres to discuss her new Piece By Piece album, Clarkson admitted that she is well-aware of all the negative comments about her weight.
“I love how people think that’s new. Like, welcome to the past 13 years!” declared Kelly.
She recalled competing on American Idol and being known as the heaviest singer.
“I wasn’t big, but people would call me big,” said Clarkson.
And now, thinking back to Simon Cowell’s criticism when she was on American Idol, Kelly says she’s the one who’s making the jokes, reported the Independent.
“[She] started to fight against what made her successful… one minute she wants to make pop records, and then she doesn’t,” scoffed Simon.
Now that she’s sold more than 20 million albums, Kelly has a message for Simon.
“Maybe someone should send ’em to him!” she joked about her successful songs.
However, in terms of Simon’s sometimes cruel remarks about her weight, Clarkson said that she recognizes it’s for the ratings.
“When you’re a judge on a show like that, I think people are paying attention to ratings. I don’t think they’re necessarily caring about creating artists. And I think that’s up to the artists. If you’re an artist, you should fight for that.”
As far as feedback that weight loss or looking a certain way might improve her record sales, Kelly feels that she’s got to be true to herself and authentic.
“If you really love writing and singing and touring, then you have to stay focused on that. And when they send you bulls**t songs, or send you covers of magazines that are naked girls with guitars and say, ‘You need to do this,’ stand up and say, ‘I don’t wanna do it. That’s not me.'”
In recent months, Giuliana Rancic has found herself at the other end of the spectrum, being skinny-shamed for her weight loss, as the Inquisitr reported.
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