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Kelly Clarkson Says She Contemplated Suicide When She Was ‘Really Skinny’

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Oct. 24 2017, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

Kelly Clarkson has been very vocal over the past couple of years about accepting all body types, especially when it comes to the figure-shaming trolls on social media. However, it always hasn’t been that easy for the American Idol winner and pop star, as she recently revealed that she once contemplated suicide during a time period when she was "really skinny."

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She spoke to Attitude Magazine about one of the darkest and toughest periods of her life where she detailed what she put herself through in order to be very thin.

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“When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself,” Kelly said. “I was miserable, like, inside and out, for four years of my life. But, no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense.”

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She revealed that she pushed her body to the extreme and worked out constantly during this time period.  “It was a very dark time for me,” she said. “I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do it put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time.”

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Her mentality and habits started to change when she recorded her album My December back in 2007.  “There’s a song on My December called ‘Sober,'” she said. “There’s this line, ‘picked the weeds but kept the flowers’ and I just live my life by that because you are who you surround yourself with.”

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“I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there, too,” Kelly recalled. “It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light.”

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Kelly’s life has forever changed for the better in recent years.  She married music manager Brandon Blackstock, who she has two children with: River Rose, 3, and Remington Alexander, 1.  She is also the stepmother to his two older children: Seth and Savannah.  

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She recently spoke at Variety’s Power of Women event on how it’s crucial to have in-depth conversations with her older children about confidence and self-esteem.  “I said, ‘You tell mommy if somebody does anything inappropriate.’ You stand up for yourself,” Kelly exclaimed.

“Even from a young age, I think you should instill that people, your children, should always stand up for themselves or speak out when something is wrong,” she continued.

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“I think if we start it at that young age, and you start molding people and growing to these very elevated individuals that help elevate society,” Kelly added. “It’s a really crucial time when you have children right now.”

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What are your thoughts on Kelly’s startling confession?  Sound off in the comments!

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