Kelly Clarkson. biography
Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982, in Burleson, Texas, and sang in the choir at Burleson High School prior to graduating in 2000. Kelly squandered little time on celebrating, turning her full attention to building a music career and moving to Los Angeles. Once there, Kelly was able to make a couple of on-screen appearances, but nothing significant enough to help her career. Discouraged, Kelly returned to Texas where her friend later persuaded her to try out for a new singing competition show, called American Idol.
Kelly blew through her first couple of auditions and before she knew it, she was competing in the televised eliminations and being judged by Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. On September 4, 2002, Kelly surpassed Justin Guarini to become the show's first winner and obtained the prize for a $1 million-dollar recording contract with RCA.
A few months later, she released her debut double-A side single "A Moment Like This" alongside "Before Your Love" with the first jumping from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the latter topping the Canadian Singles chart.
Featuring the singles "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love," Kelly's first studio album Thankful debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with its lead single "Miss Independent" emerging as a top Billboard Hot 100 hit and a top 40 anthem. Within six weeks of its release, the album sold more than 1 million copies, despite Kelly starring alongside Guarini in the box-office failure From Justin to Kelly (2003).
Feeling as if her American Idol past was holding her back, Kelly ended her business relationship with Simon Fuller (19 Management) and formed a new one with The Firm's talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz, in hopes of gaining more creative control. In November 2004, Kelly's second studio album Breakaway debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and later certified 6x Platinum on account of selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. The album's success resulted in Kelly receiving both a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hit single "Since U Been Gone."
With her record sales at an all-time high, Kelly decided to opt out of working with professional songwriters and co-write the songs herself. Her new dark-themed album My December did little to impress Clive Davis who advised her to modify it on the basis that there were no singles and it sounded as if it wasn't done professionally. Like a true artist, Kelly rejected his request and fired him. In spite of the public drama between her and Clive, the album was released in June 2007 and certified Platinum for selling over one million copies in the U.S. Its hit single "Never Again" debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
On March 10, 2009, Kelly's fourth album All I Ever Wanted was released to commercial success and critical praise. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album's lead single "My Life Would Suck Without You" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart followed by its second single "I Do Not Hook Up" peaking at No. 20 and third hit "Already Gone" reaching No. 13. The album earned Kelly her second Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and has since sold over a million copies in the U.S.
Influenced by Tina Turner, Radiohead, Sheryl Crow and Prince, Kelly began composing her fifth studio album Stronger. Released in October 2011, the R&B-country rock infused album was a commercial hit and quickly rose to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The first hit single "Mr. Know It All" reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album's most successful single "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" remained at the top of the chart for three non-consecutive weeks. By August 2012, Kelly had sold more than four million copies.
On December 5, 2012, the Grammy nominations for the 55th Grammy Awards (2013) were announced, with Kelly receiving a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination for Stronger, a Best Pop Solo Performance nomination for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and a Record of the Year nomination.
Aside from her music career, Kelly has made many on-screen appearances, including the TV comedy series That '80s Show (2002), the romance drama Issues 101 (2002), the drama musical American Dreams (2002 - 2005), and the TV dramedy series Reba (2001 - 2007). She also authored the songbooks Breakaway (2005), Thankful (2005), Best of Kelly Clarkson - Easy Piano (2008), and Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted (2009).
Kelly most recently sang, not lip-synced, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Obama's second inauguration on January 21, 2013, and is currently putting together her sixth studio album.
Kelly Clarkson Husband & Dating History Timeline
Kelly and Graham Colton first met when he was the opening act on her Thankful promotional tour. They began dating shortly after, but things came to a halt six months later.
February 2012 - Present
Kelly and Brandon Blackstock - music manager for Blake Shelton and stepson of Reba McEntire - were first introduced by her manager and his father Narvel Blackstock. She later opened up about their history, telling Daily Mail in May 2012, "Brandon is my manager's son. I've known him for six years but he was married. Then, suddenly, there he was at the Super Bowl and he was single."
On December 14, 2012, the couple announced they were engaged with Kelly revealing it all happened when she was relaxing in her Nashville home, unaware that Brandon was about to propose. She later told People magazine in 2013, "[I didn't have] a damn clue!" "If I did I would have worn something besides Uggs and a sweatshirt with no bra."
Is Kelly Clarkson Gay?
Kelly Clarkson has been facing gay rumors ever since winning American Idol in 2002. Although most rumored gay celebrities tend to shy away from the gossip, Kelly seems undeterred by the curiosity surrounding her sexuality. She first responded to the rumors in September 2011, telling E! News, "People keep saying that I'm gay and … yeah, I'm not. I'm pretty sure I've never made out with a girl. Sometimes, I wish I were because at this point, I would probably get hit on by a lot of girls! It's just not helping me because I am straight. No boy wants to hit on me because I make mean songs about them and they think I'm gay."
Her words, however, later when unheard when the public started constantly questioning why she was single for six years before dating her now-fiancé Brandon Blackstock. Kelly finally reacted to the newest gay rumors in Cosmopolitan magazine's February 2013 "Love Issue" to clear up the confusion:
"People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long.' That's kind of an insult to the gay community. 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."
In spite of the never-ending gay rumors, Kelly continues to be a strong advocate for gay rights and is unafraid of voicing her opinions on the issue. She most recently expressed her support for President Obama and his stance on equality in an October 2012 interview with the Daily Star, saying, "I've been reading online about the debates and I'm probably going to vote for Obama again... I can't support Romney's policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don't think it's fair they can't get married."
Although Kelly completing separated herself from the gay rumors when she announced her engagement to Blackstock on December 14, 2012, many are still not convinced. So the question remains... Is she or isn't she?