Kelly Clarkson was the inaugural winner of "American Idol" in 2002. She has gone on to have several hits go platinum, won Grammy’s, Academy of Country Music awards and Country Music Association awards.
Despite living most of her life in the public eye for more than a decade, there may be a few things you do not know about Kelly Clarkson. She is still a newlywed and she is a new mom. She is a singer, a songwriter and an actress. Here are five things you may not know about Kelly Clarkson.
1. One of the first CDs she bought was the self-titled "Reba McEntire". Asked once what as the first albums she bought, Kelly Clarkson replied that she had purchased three at one time. She listed "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N’ Roses, a couple of Boyz II Men and the self-titled "Reba McEntire". Kelly went on to marry Brandon Blackstock, Reba’s stepson. The couple welcomed a daughter, River Rose, on June 12, 2014.
2. While pregnant with River Rose she experienced extreme morning sickness. Kelly Clarkson admitted to being very sick, hormonal and miserable during her first pregnancy. In an interview she revealed that she called her assistant in tears and said, “I’ll never be Meryl Streep!” Clarkson said she does not remember doing that but she does not think her assistant would fabricate such a ridiculous statement.
3. She calls her home in Texas “Eddie’s Rescue Ranch.” Kelly Clarkson is an avid animal activist and her sprawling ranch in Texas plays host to several rescue animals. The 60-acre ranch was named after a beloved pet, Eddie the dog, who ran away. At last count the ranch plays host to 30 dogs, 14 horses, four goats and two pigs.
4. She worked as an extra on the television show "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." That’s right! Kelly Clarkson made a very brief appearance on the ABC hit. The episode was titled “The Whole Ball of Wax” and it premiered on April 26, 2002. You have to watch closely or you will miss her. Sabrina, played by Melissa Joan Hart, is in a hallway talking to her mother’s wax head. You will see Kelly Clarkson walk by in the background and stare at Sabrina.
5. She supports the legalization of marijuana. In a recent interview Kelly Clarkson revealed that she supports marijuana legalization. “I cannot understand the fact that controlled narcotic substances and alcohol are legal and weed isn’t. How many people do you know who have died from weed? My point exactly.” Clarkson also revealed she has a concealed handgun license.