Kelly Clarkson says being forced to lose weight made her suicidal
Kelly Clarkson has said that being forced to lose weight at the start of her career made her suicidal.
The singer was told that she had to be thin and go to the gym constantly if she wanted to further her career.
Clarkson had previously been diagnosed with an eating disorder when she was a teenager.
Speaking to Attitude magazine, she said:
"When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself.
"I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet, because all I would do is put in headphones and run.
"I was at the gym all the time."
The 35-year-old said the "obsession" with her weight made her miserable, "like inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense.”
Clarkson said that it was only after the release of her album, My December, that she started to gain back control of her music - and her body.
“I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there too. It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light."
Clarkson found fame back in 2002 when she was crowned the winner of American Idol.
She is best known for her songs Breakaway, Since U Been Gone, and Because of You.