Kelly Clarkson may be a world renowned recording artist, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a few skeletons in her closet. Kelly recently opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about the worst thing she ever did on a date, when asked to reveal something she has never told anyone. If that secret wasn’t bad enough, Clarkson also shared her first and very awkward encounter with Barack Obama, back before the politician took his oath as president. Kelly may laugh about the events now, but she reveals that both incidents created great embarrassment for her at the moments they occurred.
Kelly Clarkson Tells Ellen Why She’s A “Horrible Human”
Today reports that Ellen convinced Kelly Clarkson to share one of her deepest, darkest secrets and, in exchange, DeGeneres would agree to donate $10,000 to breast cancer research. It was a fair deal, but, in making it, Ellen had no idea that she would get a confession dark enough to shatter the wholesome and innocent reputation Clarkson has built for herself. In fairness, Kelly explained that she was very young, only 18, and that the incident concerned a date, which was only the second date Kelly had been on in her life, up to that point.
“I’m going straight to hell, I’m aware,” Clarkson warned. “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
The incident took place before Kelly had achieved success, so she had been working as a comedy club waitress, where one of the patrons continuously pestered her for a date. Finally, Clarkson agreed.
As it turned out, height became an issue on the date, because, even though Kelly only stood one inch taller than her date, who was 5’2″, her date couldn’t stop dwelling on his difficulties with being shorter than most men. Kelly explains that she allowed him to ramble, being as polite as possible for an hour, before she felt compelled to excuse herself to the ladies restroom. Ms. Clarkson never returned to her date.
“I had a ‘come-to-Jesus’ [moment] in the bathroom and I was like, ‘You will go out there, you will put your big girl panties on and just go out there and be a good person’ and I chose to not be,” confessed Clarkson.
Instead, Kelly slipped out of the restaurant, only to realize she had no way of getting home. She ended up hiking down the road to a gas station, where she called a friend for a ride.
“It was bad, y’all! No one was there. You cannot judge me…. I judge me,” Clarkson told Ellen’s audience.
For her date, Kelly wanted him to know she still feels bad, so she offered him a public apology, following the story.
“If you’re out there, I’m so sorry,” Ms. Clarkson said. “I’m a horrible human.”
Kelly Clarkson Once Introduced Barrack Obama…And Screwed It Up
Ms. Clarkson related another embarrassing moment from her past during a recent guest appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, according to Billboard. She started her memory by telling Seth that she had been invited to speak to the U.S. Senate and says she felt she had done really well in delivering her speech. Others in attendance must have been equally impressed with Clarkson because the Grammy award winner was later asked to introduce junior senator, Barack Obama.
Kelly says she was told that Mr. Obama was being honored for winning a Grammy as well. In his case, the award was for Best Spoken Word album. Ms. Clarkson was skeptical, having never before heard of the category.
“I was like, ‘that’s not real,'” Clarkson told Meyers.”That sounds made up, because I’m a singer, I don’t know.”
Even so, Kelly accepted the information at face value and agreed to do the introduction. It seemed like a simple introduction, but, at the last moment, Kelly says she flubbed the whole thing. Instead of crediting Barack for his own album, Dreams From My Father, she substituted the title with the Luther Vandross song, “Dance with My Father.”
“I wanted to die,” Clarkson said. “Everybody was like ‘you’ll never see him again,’ Three months later, he is running for President..[I said] ‘that guy will win, just to screw me.'”
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