Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cosmopolitan
The pressures of Hollywood can be utterly exhausting, unless you just ignore them. When a Cosmopolitan reporter mentioned to Kelly Clarkson that some people work really, really hard to be skinny, the country singer responded with: "See, I'm not willing to do that." Music to our ears!
In an interview with the magazine -- published in the February issue -- the star said: "I'm willing to work a little bit because I want to be a healthy individual -- which I always have been. I've put on weight, but that's just what I'm happy with at that moment. That's my life right then."
Well, her life right now involves being happy with 18 fewer pounds on her frame. "I think that happens when you fall in love or date someone," Clarkson says. "If I'm going to be kissing or messing around, I gotta look good. There's not a fad diet."
Of course, it helps that Clarkson has a personal trainer to help her keep fit, but it actually was something the country star did at home that helped her lose the weight.
"I was working with a trainer, and she said, 'You'd be amazed the amount of weight you can drop by halving your portions. I know it sounds crazy, but do it for two weeks and watch what happens,'" Clarkson remembers. "I just cut back my portions, I stopped eating late at night and I work out a little more than I used to -- I literally dropped 18 pounds in a month. I think it happens when you get really busy as well. But when I'm on my off-time -- girl, those 18 might come back."
We have a feeling that with a wedding to look forward to, those extra lbs. may not be back anytime soon. Her fiance Brandon Blackstock proposed in December on what Clarkson calls the "happiest night of my life," and the 30-year-old knows it was right to say "yes."
"Brandon's totally the one. I've never been so happy," she says. "Six years I was single before this. I've never been truly loved like I am right now."
Speaking of those single years, many assumed Clarkson was a lesbian because she wasn't dating men. She denies those claims, and says it's derogatory to the LGBT community to assume that of her.
"People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long.' That's kind of an insult to the gay community," Clarkson says. "Being single doesn't mean you're gay. But I'm never insulted by it, obviously. I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. Oh, my god, if I were a lesbian, I would be so in luck. But it's just not my thing. I've always batted for the boys' team."