Kelly Clarkson Just Turned 38 & Her Quotes on Music, Relationship & Body Image Are Still Powerful

Kelly Clarkson has always been an inspiration to her many fans. But it's not just her beautiful voice they're captivated by, it's also her messages of inspiration. 

After stealing the spotlight when she won the first season of "American Idol," Kelly Clarkson has been praised for remaining down to earth and true to her bubbly personality. 

Today, Clarkson turns 38 years old. In the nearly two decades we've known her, she's given us so many great quotes it's hard to keep track. Here are some of the best ones. 

Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

KNOWING WHO SHE IS EARLY ON 

She reportedly said, "I remember on 'Idol,' people would be like, 'I don't know if you want to say that on camera.' And I've always been that girl who has said, 'This is who I am, and this is what I love to do. 

"I've never really felt pressure musically or personally to do anything else because I'm fine with me. I think I'm awesome! And I'm doing my best as a human to put some creative stuff out there." 

THE EFFECT MUSIC HAD ON HER LIFE 

"I was very much an outsider as a kid, and music kind of saved me," she told People. Now, Clarkson has her own kids, River Rose, five, and Remington Alexander, four.  

SETTING GOALS THAT MATTER 

To People: "I've accomplished a lot, but I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die, people will say, 'She was so successful as a mother and as a wife.' That's kind of a big goal."

CHOOSING TO MAKE MEANINGFUL CHANGES 

To People: "I'm considerably blessed in my life. I came from nothing, and my life took a whirlwind change overnight. My life couldn't be any better."

She continued, "But you just pause and go, 'Why wouldn't you want to give back? Why wouldn't you want to help out when you have so much spotlight to share?'"

BEING INDEPENDENT WHILE BEING MARRIED 

To Good Housekeeping: "I don't depend on [my husband], and he doesn't depend on me. We made our own way in our own right, and I think that's what really helps [our marriage]."

KEEPING THINGS FUN IN HER MARRIAGE

Clarkson has been married to talent manager Brandon Blackstock since 2013. The two come from the same hometown, which the singer took as a clear sign of their future union. 

To Redbook: "I always swore ours would not be a relationship where we have to schedule sex. That is never going to happen." And to People: "I never felt like, honesty, sexually attracted to anybody before him."

ON FEELING GUILTY WITH HER KIDS 

To Redbook: "I have a lot of mom guilt. If you're a mom, you want to be with your kid every day. You don't want to miss a moment, you want her to need you and want you and not want somebody else."

Clarkson went onto say that at the same time, she wants to be able to show her daughter that moms can be great mothers while still doing what they love. 

HOW TO DEAL WITH PARENTHOOD 

To Us Weekly: "I think parenting changes you in the best of ways. It's made me stronger, but it's definitely hard. It's the hardest job out of all the jobs. […] I think it makes you selfless. It makes you really prioritize."

DEALING WITH WEIGHT ON AMERICAN IDOL 

To People: "Even on American Idol I was really thin, but I was bigger than the other girls on the show, so people would say things to me. But luckily, I am superconfident, so I've never had a problem with shutting people down and saying, 'Yeah, you know, that's just what I'm rocking. It's fine.' "

NOT CARING ABOUT HOW SHE LOOKS 

To Heat: "I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy, and I'm confident and feeling good. That's always been my thing [...] – I don't seek out any other acceptance."

SHUTTING DOWN BODY-SHAMERS 

On "The Ellen DeGeneres Show:" "You're just who you are. We are who we are. Whatever size."

A REFERENCE FROM HILLARY CLINTON 

Arguably, one of Clarkson's best quotes come straight from her popular song, "Stronger." The chorus of the song even caught the attention of former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton. 

In 2017, Clarkson discovered that Clinton mentioned her lyrics, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" in her new book "What Happened" — albeit in a more old-fashioned way along with Friedrick Nitzsche's quote. 

Clarkson later shared the mention on Twitter alongside a photo of the book and the chapter which featured the words. The "Since You've Been Gone" singer just released a new song, which also has a great message. 

HER LATEST SINGLE IS ONE OF HOPE

In late April, Clarkson gifted fans with the song "I Dare You," which talks about loving others against adversity. The song is especially appropriate for the quarantine period amid COVID-19. 

So far, the song has only been released with a lyric video that features singers from various countries of different languages. Like the quotes above, the song is all about sharing a good message. 

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