Kelly Clarkson is on the cover of July’s Redbook talking about love, fame, and her recent 30 lb weight loss. But the Daily Mail said Kelly “shocked fans with a sudden slim down,” implying that the singer, who has spoken repeatedly about not caring about her weight, is hypocritical for shedding some pounds. It’s not surprising that her newly-svelte figure coincides with the brand-new ABC singing competition Duets, for which she serves as a mentor, but why should it matter how or why she lost the weight? Kelly’s body (and body image!) is her own, and it’s downright sad that she can’t make changes without being taken to task for it.
Kelly’s also got a new boyfriend, Brandon Blackstock, the son of her manager and stepson to Reba McEntire.
We don’t blame her for hitting the gym a little bit more now that she’s in a relationship; as she commented to People, “no one likes to be not toned when you are dating someone.” Totally feel you on that one, Kelly, and appreciate your honesty, too. Of her weight loss, she said:
I do cardio. I run. I strength-train using my own body weight. I don’t like free weights, because I build muscle easily. Really, what I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny.
Sounds a lot like Adele’s “I don’t want to be some skinny mini” body philosophy, right? Both singers have taken a lot of flak from the media about their weight, and I’m happy to see that Kelly’s emphasizing that her recent weight loss comes from a desire to be healthy, not to appease her critics. Adele, too, experienced public outcry when rumors said she might be considering losing some weight. It’s crazy, but yes: Both of these women have been criticized for being overweight and for wanting to lose weight. Honestly, it seems like female celebrities are doomed either way; their bodies and their choices are picked apart no matter what they do in terms of diet or exercise.
It’s always seemed to me that Kelly has a love-hate relationship with her celebrity and all that comes along with it: the fame, the gossip, and the endless body scrutiny. She said of her experience on American Idol:
I’m going to be completely honest: I had no one looking out for me. They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible. I was 19 years old. I was smart enough to know that it wasn’t about me, but that didn’t make it any easier. I’m all cried out about it, but my first four years, I hated my life; I almost quit a dozen times.
It sounds like things are way better for Kelly these days, and I’m happy she’s staying body-positive even in the face of criticism. She told US Weekly: “I love that I’m in a relationship right now…I want a life…The past five years or so I’ve found my groove and my balance.”