Kelly Clarkson's wiki by Tom Kershaw

Kelly Clarkson was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.

Clarkson was raised a strict Southern Baptist. She explains her religious upbringing:

I come from a conservative family. My family was highly conservative; I had to go to church on Sunday and Wednesday.[1]

And while acknowledging the importance of religion during her childhood, Clarkson confirmed in 2004 that it’s become even more important to her in adulthood:

I always grew up in church. I was the leader of our youth group. I’ve always grown up pretty close to church and with God. But I think I’ve just gotten a lot closer just because He’s the only One I can lean on.[2]

It would seem that Christianity is a big deal for Clarkson, though she insists that she’s not a “fundamentalist.”[3]

A Mixed Bag

Politically, Clarkson is a bit all over the place, indicating an independent or moderate stance on politics.

For example, she married a Republican who declared his support for Mitt Romney in 2012, but in both 2008 and 2012, she voted for Obama, even declaring herself an “Obama girl.”[4]

One wonders about the political discussions in the Clarkson household, as she once explained why she couldn’t support Mitt Romney:

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.[5]

Interestingly, the previous year, as Republican primaries were underway, Clarkson expressed support for Republican (though formerly Libertarian) candidate, Ron Paul, saying:

I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote.[6]

And when asked about her views on the death penalty, she seemed to qualify her statement from the frame of being a Republican, in a sort of ‘this is how I’m different from my fellow Republicans’ way. She said:

I don’t believe in the death penalty. Most Republicans do but not me.[7]

Clarkson appears to be a person who evaluates issues rather than parties–and that’s great.

Written by Giorgio Taietti and Tom Kershaw

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  2. Listening In… With R.J. Helton and Kelly Clarkson ↩︎

  3. Celebrity Faith: Kelly Clarkson ↩︎

  4. Kelly Clarkson an ‘Obama Girl’–Even If Her Man Backs Romney ↩︎

  5. Kelly Clarkson Likely To Vote Obama Because of Gay Issues ↩︎

  6. Kelly Clarkson Endorses Ron Paul ↩︎

  7. Kelly Clarkson Endorses Ron Paul ↩︎