Clarkson had previously said she would not describe herself as a feminist.
Back in 2013, in an interview with Time magazine singer Kelly Clarkson stated she would not call herself a feminist, labelling the F-word “too strong”. Clarkson’s comments of course angered many and the former 'American Idol' winner faced strong criticism for her stance. Now, nearly two years on, the singer has attempted to clarify her feelings in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Kelly Clarkson has clarified her feminism comments
"I wouldn't say feminist -- that's too strong," Clarkson said during her 2013 Time magazine interview. "I think when people hear feminist, it's like, 'Get out of my way, I don't need anyone.'"
Failing to realise that a feminist is defined simply as someone who supports women and men having equal rights, Clarkson continued to say, “I love that I'm being taken care of, and I have a man that's a leader. I'm not a feminist in that sense.”
But the 32 year old has now clarified her past comments, telling The Huffington Post, "I was saying that in the past decade, I feel people have associated the word 'feminist' with 'bitch' and 'man-hater' and all these things.”
“And I'm definitely not that girl. That's what I meant by that,” the singer added. Clarkson also said that she felt the meaning of feminism had been negatively altered by society, something was has similarly happened to the word diva.
"Diva used to mean something great. It was a female opera singer who could floor the room. They could be like, 'Oh man, she's such a diva.' Now it's a negative term to throw around," Clarkson said. "We've kind of killed it in a sense. Just recently, people are starting to turn back around to where it's not such a negative, nasty feel to it.”
"Obviously I believe in female equal rights," Clarkson added. "I'm not an idiot. I'm a female. I believe in equal rights across the board."
Clarkson’s incident was similar to one involving the ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting last year, who eventually apologised after saying she wasn't a feminist as she’d "never really faced inequality".
“I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I'm so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off,” the actress told Redbook magazine.
Cuoco-Sweeting later apologised, writing on Instagram, "I'm completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others.I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.''