Society continually pushes for family togetherness and doing whatever it takes to stop a family from falling apart, but ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson says that coming from a broken home has made her stronger in her personal life and in her career.
Clarkson has already defied the ‘Idol’ odds and has moved on to a massively successful music career that includes millions in record sales as well as two Grammy Awards. The fact that the Fort Worth native had an impoverished childhood with a mother who is twice divorced makes her success story even more inspiring to young people who are in a similar situation and are trying to chase big dreams. Clarkson said;
“We had fun, but there was struggle too. Now I don’t have to worry about having clean clothes or paying the bills too late, but that level of stress definitely has an effect.”
Kelly watched her parents, Jeanne and Stephen, split when she was only five years old and then went through the stress of her mother’s second crippling divorce when she was 19 years old. When listening to the lyrics in some of Kelly’s songs, it’s easy to see where the inspiration for being independent and strong comes from. Clarkson explains;
“Divorce isn’t fun. It affects relationships you get into when you are older. I think you have to work a little harder because you’re constantly thinking it’s probably not going to work out in the end. Also, I travel a lot and work a lot. The way I live it’s hard for me to even find someone.”
While many people know that Kelly has come from a broken home, they don’t seem to understand what kind of effect that can have on a young girl and how that can shape the relationships (or lack of relationships) they have when they grow up. While Clarkson has decided to walk away from romance and enjoy being on her own, it has raised speculation that she might be gay. Kelly said;
“I don’t think it’s harmful at all, but I just don’t know why people think I am. I never kiss women. I find it funny. Also I’m such a vocal person, I’ve never hidden much. So I don’t understand why they don’t take me on my word. I find that a little bit annoying. But if people think I’m gay, I don’t really care. I’m a kinda selfish person who right now enjoys being single, enjoys the fact that I can work as much as I do, and not really have to answer to anyone.”
Kelly focuses her time and energy into her work and her fans are certainly enjoying the benefits as Clarkson has been burning up the stages on her ‘Stronger’ tour. So how does the former Idol stay focused on her work while on the road? She avoids the partying lifestyle. She said;
“I don’t understand how people do that on the road. I’m definitely a workaholic. If you finally get to do the job you love, you work your butt off.”
Clarkson’s new single ‘Stronger’ will be available on February 5.
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