Kelly Clarkson Says Celebs Were "Really Mean" to Her During 'American Idol'

Paulina Jayne Isaac
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Photo credit: Jared Siskin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jared Siskin - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Kelly Clarkson welcomed guest Jennifer Love Hewitt to her talk show, however, Kelly was the one who opened up about her past experiences. Kelly revealed that after she won the first season of American Idol, celebrities weren't kind to her. But, at the time, Jennifer helped her navigate fame.

“You probably don’t remember this, but it stuck with me [for] so long, almost 20 years now,” Kelly said on The Kelly Clarkson Show. "But right after—you have no idea I’m about to say this and you probably don’t remember—but it was at some kind of MTV Awards or something or VMAs or something, I don’t know what it was, but you ran up to me. And it was right when like the final three I think of Idol, and we were just so slammed and everything was happening like in a whirlwind and people like were really mean to us because we’re from a talent show and it was the first season.”

She continued, "Like, everyone was so rude to us, like, on the carpet, like at the show … it was so bad. It was a horrible experience and 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!'"

Kelly appeared on Idol during its first season in 2002 and since she's obvs gone on to have a super successful career. She added that Jennifer gave her a great piece of advice when they met. "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," she added. "'And just remember to keep those people who really love you—and you just gave me this advice that was really, really kind in such an … unkind rather time for me personally.

Jennifer smiled as Kelly gushed about her kindness, adding, "So, thank you so much, it meant the world to me. You were so nice."

More of the story? Be nice, ppl!

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