Kelly Clarkson has a parenting attitude we can get behind.
The American Idol winner and leader of the “Kezbos,” a group of die-hard lesbian fans, opened up to Pride Source about how she would react if her newborn daughter, River, turned out to be gay.
“I think it’s silly that we’re still talking about gay rights,” she said. “I just live in this world where people are accepted, so it’s very hard for me to even realize that that still exists. It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around it.”
As for River?
“Oh, I don’t care,” Clarkson said about the idea of her daughter coming out. “I mean, here’s what I hope for her: I just hope she finds love. It took me a while, man. And there was a lot of heartache throughout those years. You know, as long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don’t care either way for all of them. I’d be like, ‘Awesome! When do we meet him or her?’ Honestly, it’s so funny, it doesn’t even register in my world as different. I don’t know why. But yeah, it doesn’t. I’m glad it doesn’t!”
According to the interview, Clarkson’s accepting views have a lot to do with her family, her childhood and the way she was raised — in a very accepting home.
“At my church, whenever I did attend Sunday service, that was never talked about,” she shared. “I know that is what the doctrine of Southern Baptist is, but they also said don’t drink and dance, but we drank and danced! I don’t think I grew up in some hardcore community where people were like that. I grew up in a very accepting household. I was taught to accept everybody how they are, and I admire my mom for that. She’s never taught me hate.”
She continued, “Honestly, I grew up in such a creative environment. Even in our choral group — even with my friends — nobody really talked about it, nobody was against or for it. There were no flags of any kind — of race, of who liked who. I feel like I grew up in a really incredibly good bubble. I never experienced people hating — no hate crimes or anything like that — until well into the industry.”