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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Celebs Were 'Really Mean' To Her During 'American Idol'

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Jan. 16 2021, Updated 6:24 p.m. ET

Kelly Clarkson was on top of the world when she became the first winner of American Idol back in 2002, but according to the pop star, her time on the competition show was anything but pleasant. 

During a chat with guest Jennifer Love Hewitt on Thursday’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the singer-songwriter recalled how other celebrities had treated former Idol contestants poorly at award ceremonies. 

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The 38-year-old said that the “horrible experience” she endured after winning the show was just as bad, having found it difficult talking to industry peers since most had given her the cold shoulder all because she had been discovered on a reality show. 

“It stuck with me so long, like for almost twenty years now,” she said. “We were just so slammed, everything was happening in, like, a whirlwind, and people were, like, really mean to us 'cause we're from a talent show and it was the first season.

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"Everyone was so rude to us, like on the carpet, like at the show.”

Clarkson then went on to assure Hewitt that she had nothing but positive things to say about her guest before mentioning the time they had crossed paths while the “Already Gone” singer was still a contestant on Idol.

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Clarkson quipped, “[Hewitt] ran up to me out of nowhere and was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. I’m really rooting for you.”

Hewitt said she told The Voice mentor to always keep her loved ones close, “and it’ll end up being about a few people in your life, unfortunately, but this business can be really hard.”

Clarkson went on to thank Hewitt for always being kind to her and acknowledged that the nice gesture has done more than the actress could’ve imagined. 

“You just gave me some advice that was really, really kind at such a non, an unkind, rather, um, time for me personally. So thank you so much, you probably don't even remember it, it was probably something you did, like, off the cuff.

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“It meant the world to me. You were so nice."

Clarkson has become one of the most successful winners from American Idol, having sold over 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She’s also taken home three Grammys including Best Pop Vocal Album and Female Pop Vocal Performance with her hit single, “Since U Been Gone.”

In June 2020, the “Walk Away” vocalist announced that after seven years of marriage, she had pulled the plug on her relationship with estranged husband Brandon Blackstock, whom she later filed a lawsuit against, claiming he had defrauded her out of millions

The ex-couple share two children together; River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4.

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