Kelly Clarkson: During American Idol Celebs Were Mean to Her (Video)

THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW -- Episode 4077 -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal)
Pictured: Kelly Clarkson — (Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal)

Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner, revealed about how celebrities were mean to her during her season of the show.

She interviewed actress Jennifer Love Hewitt during a recent episode of her afternoon talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. Kelly shared how, back in 2002, which was the first season of Idol, Jennifer was one of the only celebs who was nice to her. 

The two met at a red carpet event during American Idol Top 3 week. 

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“You probably don’t remember this, but it stuck with me [for] so long… almost 20 years now,” Kelly said. “It was at some kind of MTV Awards, VMAs or something, I don’t know what it was but you ran up to me. It was right in the final three of Idol, everything was happening in a whirlwind and people were really mean to us because we’re from a talent show and it was the first season.”

“Everyone was so rude to us, like on the carpet, at the show… it was a horrible experience. You came up to me, ran up to me out of nowhere and were like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really rooting for you,’” Kelly continued. “You told me, ‘Please, keep the ones you love so close. It’ll be a few people in your life unfortunately but this business can be really hard. And just remember to keep those people that really love you.’ You just gave me this advice that was really kind at such an unkind time for me personally. So thank you so much, it meant the world to me.”

Watch Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Love Hewitt talk American Idol below.


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