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Kelly Clarkson Has Strong Words About Her Weight & Mental Health

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is the Health Editor at SheKnows. She is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham ...

When it comes to her weight & mental health, Kelly Clarkson isn't messing around

Kelly Clarkson has never been one to mince words when it comes to her well-being and body image. She recently expanded on that in an interview with Attitude magazine where she talked about a time when she was at a career high, but personal low.

Specifically, Clarkson discussed her start in the music industry a decade ago, and all the pressure she received from executives to remain thin.

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

She called that period a "very dark time" in her life.

"I thought the only way out was quitting. I like wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do is put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time."

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After the interview was published, Clarkson took to Twitter to clarify her remarks, saying that she wasn't ever miserable because she had to be thin, but as a result of feeling that way, she became thin.

She also set the record straight about considering suicide, saying that she never contemplated suicide because of her weight.

"I said people had no idea I was unhappy oddly enough because I appeared healthy," she tweeted.

Ultimately, though, Clarkson reclaimed control over her life and career, releasing her album My December and making decisions that left her happier and healthier. We're so glad she's still here — making music and taking down internet trolls.

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