Kelly Clarkson seems to be feeling [article id="1671249"]"stronger"[/article] these days thanks to a healthier lifestyle and a slimmed-down figure. In a new interview with Redbook magazine, the singer talks all about how she lost the weight but said never wants to lose too many pounds.
"I do cardio. I run. I strength-train using my own body weight. I don't like free weights, because I build muscle easily," she told the magazine. "Really, what I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny."
In addition to sporting a new dress size in the July issue, Clarkson has recently started rocking a new hair color. After being brunette for a while, she was photographed in London on Wednesday with a deep, honey-blond style. She's in the U.K. promoting her new single, "Dark Size," as well as her new gig as a mentor on the U.S. singing [article id="1685574"]competition show "Duets."[/article]
As one of the show's coaches, Kelly definitely has wisdom to share, considering her experience as the first-ever "American Idol" winner. She will probably offer the guidance she wished she had during her time on the Fox show.
"I'm going to be completely honest: I had no one looking out for me," she said. "They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible. I was 19 years old. I was smart enough to know that it wasn't about me, but that didn't make it any easier. I'm all cried out about it, but my first four years, I hated my life; I almost quit a dozen times."
These days the singer does have someone looking out for her. She met boyfriend Brandon Blackstock through her pal Reba McEntire; Blackstock is the country star's stepson. Now, the queen of breakup anthems joked that she's waiting for the other shoe to drop. "I know — where's the kick in the ass? I told my assistant that today. I said, 'I'm just waiting for something to blow up.' She said, 'No, that's what happiness is.' I'm like, 'Maybe I've never been happy!' Because Brandon does, he makes me happy."
Share your thoughts on Kelly's new look in the comments section!