Kelly Clarkson Addresses Body Shaming Controversy

"We are who we are," the singer says

By Zach Johnson Apr 03, 2015 1:30 PMTags

Can Kelly Clarkson live?!

For months, British TV personality Katie Hopkins publicly shamed Clarkson for not being thinner. Though the American Idol winner shrugged off her cruel comments in a magazine interview, Hopkins continued to spread negativity, going so far as to criticize Clarkson's 9-month-old daughter, River Rose Blackstock.

Clarkson received widespread support from celebrities and fans alike, and while she appreciated their sentiments, she a bit was surprised that Hopkins' comments had such resonance. "I love how people think that's new," she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday. "Like, welcome to the past 13 years!"

The "Heartbeat Song" singer said she was considered "the biggest girl" when she competed on Fox's American Idol in 2002. "I wasn't big, but people would call me big," she recalled. Recently, she said, "People are like, 'I'm so sorry that lady in London was so mean to you.' And I'm like, 'Are you serious?' Like, get in line!"

How did the pop star develop such a thick skin?

"I think what hurts my feelings for people is when I'll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl whose, like, bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, 'Oh, God!' And they'll say, 'If they think you're big I must be so fat to them.' It's like, you just are who you are. We are who we are—whatever size. It doesn't mean that we're gonna be that forever. That's the thing! Sometimes we're more fit. Like, especially me. I'm such a creative person that I yo-yo. Sometimes I'm more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don't and I'm like, 'I'd rather have wine,'" she laughed.

Ellen DeGeneres agreed with Clarkson, saying, "I think that's totally fine. As long as you're happy and as long as you feel like you're taking care of yourself and healthy. I want you to be able to have your wine!"

"I do too!" Clarkson said.

To see Clarkson open up about motherhood, watch the video above now!