BEFORE becoming a household name, Kelly Clarson competed on American Idol.
It’s been over 20 years since she won the title and fans want to know how old she was when she made history.
How old was Kelly Clarkson when she won American Idol?
Prior to her success on American Idol, Clarkson attempted to launch a career in music in 2001 by moving to Los Angeles.
However, she was unable to secure a record deal, forcing her to return to her hometown of Burleson, Texas, and work in a movie theater and as a cocktail waitress at a comedy club.
Shortly after returning home, she set about pursuing her dream again and auditioned for the first season of American Idol.
She then made history as the show’s first winner after securing 58 percent of the vote over runner-up Justin Guarini in the final.
Clarkson was then able to sign a record deal with RCA Records and has since released nine studio albums and over 45 singles.
Clarkson, who is now 40, won American Idol when she was only 20.
What did Kelly Clarkson say about her win?
September 4, 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of Clarkson’s victory.
In honor of the special occasion, she took to social media to reflect on how this win changed her life.
“20 years ago today I won ‘American Idol’ and it changed my life forever,” she wrote.
“That moment was the door that opened so many avenues and opportunities for me, as well as creative partnerships that I will be grateful for all my days.
“The family and friendships I’ve built over these 20 years in music and television are priceless to me,” she added.
“We only get so many trips around the sun and while I’m proud and am amply blessed by the successes and failures that I’ve learned from, what I’m most proud of and grateful for are these friends who have become family, and for their arms that held me when I needed it and their hearts that listened to me when I felt lost.
“Without her I wouldn’t be where I am. I probably wouldn’t even be here.
“Thank you to every single person who voted 20 years ago! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! I hope you all have people in your life that fill you with laughter, hope and happiness and if you don’t feel like you have, keep looking because I promise they do too looking for you,” she concluded.
Is Kelly Clarkson Married?
In addition to winning multiple Grammy and Daytime Emmy Awards, Clarkson has also started a family since leaving the American Idol stage.
In 2013, she married Brandon Blackstock and welcomed two children, River Rose and Remington Alexander.
After seven years of marriage, she then filed for divorce in June 2020, which was later finalized in March 2022.
In the court documents, Clarkson cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their divorce.
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