Kelly Clarkson, Whoopi Goldberg Bond Over Health Journeys and Family Dynamics

Kelly Clarkson shared more details into her health journey during Monday’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. The singer bonded with guest Whoopi Goldberg over their recent transformations and discussed the actress’ memoir, Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me.

At the beginning of their conversation, Goldberg said that she’s “doing that wonderful shot that works for folks who need some help.”

“Mine is a different one that people assume,” Clarkson replied, “but I ended up having to do that too because my blood work got so bad.” She later clarified, “Everyone thinks it’s Ozempic but it’s not,” adding only that, “It’s something else.”

While the former coach of The Voice previously credited walking and a high-protein diet for her weight loss, Clarkson says she eventually gave into her doctor’s orders and is now taking something that “aids in helping to break down the sugars, because obviously my body doesn’t do it right.”

Clarkson admitted that she “didn’t see” how much weight she had gained until she re-watched her now-shelved concert special, which was taped on her birthday last April. “I was watching it … because I was gonna release it,” she explained, “and then all of a sudden I paused it and I was like, ‘Who the fuck is that? She’s about to die of a heart attack.””

“It’s weird,” she told Goldberg, in regards to her weight in the past. “I never saw that, I was never insecure about it, I was happy. People assume, ‘She must have been miserable or depressed,’ but no, I was not.”

“Well, when you’re living your life, and you’re doing what you need to do, that’s the last thing you’re thinking about,” Goldberg added, “because you’ve got other stuff on your mind.”

Goldberg also touched upon her new book, Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me, which details her at-times tumultuous upbringing with her family while growing up in the Chelsea projects.

“I knew I had to wait until everybody was gone before I could really talk about it,” she admitted, adding that she’s unsure of how she feels now that the book is out.

Still, she said writing the memoir helped her relive many of her favorite moments with her mother and brother, including a night where Marlon Brando paid a visit to their house. “It was insane,” Goldberg recalled of the Hollywood star sitting down with her family (and playing their piano).


“I had the most wonderful life up until this point,” she said, noting that she was most proud of “being able to give my mother this magical time and my brother a magical time.”

Watch Clarkson and Goldberg’s full interview below.

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