Kelly Clarkson recalls ‘American Idol’ days: ‘People were really mean to us’

Kelly Clarkson recalls ‘American Idol’ days: ‘People were really mean to us’

Kelly Clarkson may be a massively successful recording artist, but that doesn’t mean she always had it easy.During Thursday’s episode of her popular daytime TV talk show, the 38-year-old star opened up about entering the limelight via “American Idol” in 2002 when she was crowned the show’s inaugural champ in a chat with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt.The singer recalled meeting Hewitt, 41, when Clarkson was first coming on to the scene with a few of her fellow contestants.”You probably don’t remember this, but it stuck with me so long, like for almost 20 years now … it was at some kind of MTV Awards or VMA [Awards], I don’t know what it was, but you ran up to me and it was right when [we were down to] the final three of ‘Idol,'” Clarkson said. “We were just so slammed and everything was happening in a whirlwind.”KELLY CLARKSON DROPS THE PRICE OF HER TENNESSEE MANSION SHE SHARED WITH EX-HUSBANDThe “Since U Been Gone” songstress then revealed that “people were really mean to us because we’re from a talent show and it was the first season.”She reiterated that “everyone was so rude” including people on the red carpet and at the show itself.KELLY CLARKSON REVEALS WHAT GARTH BROOKS SONG IS HELPING HER GET THROUGH DIVORCE FROM BRANDON BLACKSTOCK”It was so bad. It was a horrible experience,” Clarkson admitted, but interaction with Hewitt helped to ease the pain.”You came up to me and ran up to me out of nowhere and were like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really rooting for you’,” recalled the star. “You told me: ‘Please keep the ones you love so close and it’ll end up being about a few people in your life, unfortunately, but this business can be really hard and just remember to keep those people that really love you.”KELLY CLARKSON CLAIMS EX BRANDON BLACKSTOCK DEFRAUDED HER: REPORTThe Emmy-winning host remembered the advice for being “really, really kind in such an unkind time for me personally.”
Kelly Clarkson revealed that when she was an up-and-coming singer, people were ‘really mean’ to her and her ‘American Idol’ co-stars. (Photo by Amy Sussman/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcp )
“It meant the world to me,” she gushed. “You were so nice and I’ve been looking forward to interviewing you.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSince her days on “Idol,” Clarkson has sold 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide, according to TV Guide and has had 29 songs hit the Billboard Hot 100 in just 19 years. Three titles hit No. 1. She’s also racked up three Grammy Awards and 15 nominations.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERLike Clarkson, Hewitt got her start in showbiz early, rising to fame after appearing on a handful of high-profile TV shows, including “Party of Five.”

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