Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her Struggles With Body Image

Kelly Clarkson attends the Variety’s Power Of Women at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Kelly Clarkson is opening up about her struggles with self-image.

The pop star, 35, discussed one of the darkest periods in her career during an interview with Attitude magazine.

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

Clarkson, who has been outspoken about accepting body types, clarified the comments on Twitter Tuesday, writing in part, “I wasn’t ever miserable because I had to be thin. I said I was miserable and as a result I become thin … I’ve never contemplated suicide because of my weight. I said people had no idea I was unhappy oddly enough because I appeared healthy.”

In the Attitude interview, Clarkson said she pushed her body to extremes, working out constantly.

“It was a very dark time for me,” she said. “I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do it put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time.”

The “Stronger” singer said she began to change her habits and mentality during the release of her 2007 album My December.

“There’s a song on My December called ‘Sober,’” Clarkson said. “There’s this line, ‘picked the weeds but kept the flowers’ and I just live my life by that because you are who you surround yourself with.”

“I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there, too,” she recalled. “It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Alexia Fernandez

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