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Kelly Clarkson is one of the world’s most acclaimed singers, who rose to fame after winning the very first season of the hit reality competition series American Idol. Over the years, Clarkson’s fame has only increased, with thousands of fans gravitating to her natural charm and open way of talking about her personal life.

These days, with Clarkson going through a heartbreaking divorce, fans are learning even more about what goes on in the singer’s life behind the scenes, including the memorable occasion that Clarkson described as her worst first date ever. 

Kelly Clarkson on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'
Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ | Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank

What is Kelly Clarkson best known for?

Clarkson was born in Texas in 1982. From a very early age, Clarkson knew that she wanted to be a singer, performing in her local church choir and impressing her family and friends.

In 2002, Clarkson auditioned for the first season of the brand-new singing competition series, American Idol. She made a splash right away and received a “golden ticket” to the Hollywood rounds very early on in the season.

Ultimately, Clarkson won the first season of the hit show, landing a record deal with RCA. While many of the show’s subsequent winners have gone on to have less-than-memorable careers, Clarkson’s own trajectory has climbed steadily upwards, beginning with her chart-topping single “A Moment Like This.”

A few of Clarkson’s popular songs over the years include hits like “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Because of You,” “Breakaway,” and “Since U Been Gone.” In recent months, Clarkson has gained a whole new audience of fans through the debut of her popular new talk show, where she talks about her own life in the spotlight, and interviews a variety of high-profile guests. 

Kelly Clarkson is going through a very public divorce

In October 2013, Clarkson married music industry executive Brandon Blackstock. The two went on to welcome two children together: a daughter born in 2014 and a son born in 2016. Sadly, the marriage didn’t last, and in June 2020, Clarkson and Blackstock announced that they were getting a divorce.

While Clarkson hasn’t revealed the specific reason for their divorce, she has hinted at the fact that distance and the stress of managing two high-powered careers is what took a toll on her longtime relationship with Blackstock. 

What did Kelly Clarkson say about her worst date?

These days, Clarkson is single as she works through the details of her life after divorce. Still, she has opened up about her past in the dating game on several occasions, and recently, she opened up about what she considers to be her worst first date ever.

In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clarkson stated that after meeting her date, one particular issue stood out right away: “He was 5′ 2″, and I’m 5′ 3″ … Obviously, I went out with you, so it didn’t bother me. But he proceeded to talk about his height for like a solid hour. And I withstood an hour. And then I … I went to the bathroom and I left … I couldn’t take it.”

At some point in the future, Clarkson might start to date again, in an attempt to find love after divorce. While she has nothing to announce yet, there’s no doubt that Clarkson’s fans will be following her journey, every step of the way.