Criticism about Clarkson’s weight arrives as she is expected to top the Billboard charts with a new album
Think Kelly Clarkson is fat? She doesn’t care.
The “Since You’ve Been Gone” singer’s weight was questioned by British TV personality Katie Hopkins last month, and Clarkson heard her comments for the first time during a new interview with Heat magazine, to which she offered a stunningly sunny response.
“She’s tweeted something nasty about me? That’s because she doesn’t know me. I’m awesome,” Clarkson said. “It doesn’t bother me. It’s a free world. Say what you will. I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”
Hopkins, who has apparently already been dubbed the “most hated woman in Britain,” took to Twitter last month to criticize Clarkson’s weight while the first season “American Idol” winner appeared on “The Graham Norton Show.”
“Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers?” Hopkins asked, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since.
She even appeared on Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday to defend her shallow criticism of Clarkson.
“You’re supporting Kelly Clarkson because everybody likes to have a fat friend, because the great thing about a fat friend is it makes you feel slimmer,” Hopkins said. “Every fat child has a fat parent, and that’s — for me — why Kelly Clarkson is an important example. She needs to allow her daughter to grow up knowing that it’s not great to be fat. It’s much better to be healthier.”
Clarkson, meanwhile, has completely ignored Hopkins on Twitter and is instead celebrating the success of her new album, “Piece by Piece.”
According to Billboard, the artist’s sixth studio record is set to earn the highest debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart by selling 90,000 copies in the week ending Mar. 8.
While promoting the new release in the U.K., Clarkson responded to Hopkins’ taunts by telling the BBC, “I’ve always been super confident in my talent and what I love to do. It’s never really gotten me down.”