Kelly Clarkson has received criticism for not shedding her baby weight as fast as most Hollywood moms, but the hate is only making the songstress stronger!
Kelly Clarkson on the set of ‘Good Morning America’ in New York
“Kelly loves the way she looks,” a source told OK! magazine of the singer’s post-baby body eight months after welcoming her first child River Rose. “Kelly doesn’t want to be a twig, and her recent weight gain hasn’t affected her career. She’s still getting endorsement deals and putting songs out.”
Singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson greets members of the U.S. Naval Reserve and other fans at ‘Good Morning America’ in Times Square, NYC
Despite winning American Idol in 2002 and going on to become a critically acclaimed singer, Kelly always had to defend her weight. “I’m petitie, but I was the biggest girl on my season – everyone else weighed 100 pounds,” she said of her time on Idol. “Reporters would ask, ‘So what’s it like being the big girl?’ and I thought, ‘Big? What?’” The new mom even opened up about suffering from bulimia in her teens.
Kelly Clarkson was spotted out and about in Time Square this afternoon in NYC
But by 2009, the singer finally put her struggles with weight to the side! “I love my body! I don’t think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight. It is other people,” she said that year.
Kelly Clarkson grabs a bite on the go from Pret a Manger in New York City
But although Kelly has embraced her figure, she can’t help but feel the jabs from haters. “Kelly says none of the fat talk bothers her, but it does to a certain degree,” a source dished. “She feels she needs to stay tough for her fan base and for girls who are blasted for being bigger than a size zero. But deep down, of course, all the ridicule affects her.”