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Kelly Clarkson Defends Spanking Her Kids

Kelly Clarkson Defends Spanking Her Kids

Kelly Clarkson is explaining her stance on disciplining her kids.

During a recent interview, the 35-year-old singer defended her position on spanking her kids – River, 3, and Remy, 1.

“I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into,” Kelly told a Rochester-based radio station last week. “And I don’t mean like hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking. My parents spanked me and I did fine in life and I feel fine about it.”

Kelly went on to explain that she understands that not everyone shares the same views as her, but this is how she parents her children.

“So that’s a tricky thing when you’re out in public, ’cause then people are like, you know, they think that’s wrong or something, but I find nothing wrong with a spanking,” Kelly said. “I warn her [River]. I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m gonna spank you on your bottom if you don’t stop right now. Like, this is ridiculous.’”

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  • gwen

    I agree with her 100%.

  • deusexmachina

    She can hit her kids as much as she wants. But her step children are off limits. Heck if she was the stepmother of my kids, and she dares to lay her plumpy hands on them, I`ll deck her forever bloated self.

  • namers

    My mother believed in spanking, actually hitting/scratching. She saw a paddle hung up near the blackboard and gave my 4th grade teacher permission to use it (she never did). Corporal punishment. Problem is, my mother had very poor communication skills (mental illness) and I have the literal and figurative scars to prove it.

  • ugh

    Bitch.

  • Lo Mo

    YEah, cause spanking is OK. Spanking someone who is dependent on you. YOU are the adult YOU should have enough pedagogic menas to discipline a child. YOU fail if your only argument against a child is violance of any form or level – yeah hit someone who is 1) physically smaller, 2) cant explain themselves 3) dependent on you emotionaly and physically…

    YEah, it is OK if your BOSS hits you, just a small spanking, just so that you know where you stand, bc your boss doesnt know hoe else to convince you

    YEah, it is ok if your HUSBAND hits or spanks you to convince you… just a little pat on your back, no bruises, thats all.

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  • Danae

    The hell? The fact that you need to resort to physical violence speaks volumes about your communication skills. Just because it’s a child, it’s smaller than you and might not be able to verbalise their thoughts clearly does not mean that you are superior to them and therefore allowed to hit them.
    “A tricky thing when you’re in public” because WHAT, people actually REACT when you are inflicting harm upon your child? Disgusting.

    The fact that she feels the need to “explain” her choices says it all. She knows very well that her parenting choices are not widely accepted and has to immediately explain herself.

  • deusexmachina

    Did you even read my comment? I SAID, She can do what she wants with her kids even spanking them. But SHE CAN’T DO THAT WITH MY KIDS If she was their stepmother, because I`ll give her the equal beating of her life

  • person

    first of all this lady is most unfortunate looking. she looks like a pig. there I said it please forgive me. Secondly, hitting kids is wrong 100% and disgusting.

  • person

    exactly. hitting kids is not ok and not necessary and is totally screwed up.

  • persononhere

    huge difference between spanking and abuse. she’s not abusing her kids. nothing wrong with it. bet her kids turn out just fine.

  • Stoni

    Post your pic so we can make fun of your looks too. Play fair or shut up.

  • http://www.paulwalkerfoundation.org RayonLight

    I grew up with Mexican parents, my mother was the disciplinarian and she believed in spanking, the death stare came before the spanking; your warning to get your act right. By the time I got spanked, which wasn’t often, I knew I was given several warnings. Now, if my dad had to intervene; I felt like I had really done something wrong; i felt embarrassed if my father reprimanded me; I had so much respect for him. I am thankful to this day; I learned respect and accountability for my actions.

    My husband grew up the same and we both agree that if we ever have children, spanking is not off the table. Kids today are completely out of touch; to many parents glued to their phones instead of parenting their children. So many are growing up entitled and lack of respect for authority.

  • parisjok

    awesome true statement. just c to many moms of young kids totally not paying any attention to them because they are talking on phone.

    it looks so crazy. u can see in the kids eyes and facial expressions that they are so hurt because of this behavior towards them

  • parisjok

    well, she does look much better at the smaller size she use to be quite some time ago. she does a great job most of the time wearing beautiful outfits with the extra weight.

    when you get pregnant kind of back to back like she did it is even harder to shed the pregnant weight.

    think that because she does have a hot looking husband that truly loves her with the very young babies she should just do what ever it takes to get healthy for her kids if not for herself. that beautiful girl can sang!!!!

  • Kee FRIEND Leichtle

    Spanking is not abuse as long as it’s not leading to beating the child to a pulp and it’s done when the child is being bad and not doing it just cause the parent feels like it and wants to hit something to feel domineering.

  • GraceThalia

    Numerous scientific studies come out condemning the long-term effects of spanking and the argument people continue to give is, “My parents hit me. I’m fine and didn’t turn out violent. Now I’ll hit my kids too”.

  • person

    I am not talking about her weight. Her face and her energy are very unattractive

  • Dylan

    And you having a nasty go at someone says wonders about your “energy” …

  • Ram

    there’s what doctors, specialists, everybody with the actual knowledge to back it up that spanking causes psychological problems later on in life that manifest in different ways – and then there’s rednecks like kelly clarkson (and the idiots in the comments defending spanking). its already been shown it messes up the kids, but I mean – they already have messed up parents to begin with.of course ppl on here defending spanking cause they had it – the dumber the parents, the more likely they will spank their kids. But it doesnt really matter, cause dumb parents have dumb kids – the cycle continues. Kelly, and those in the comments defending spanking, are just this generation’s graduating class of dumb :)

    you’re either an idiot with an opinion, or you are a specialist with an education, a degree, who knows what they are talking about. kelly clarkson and even her poor children are obese – maybe its time to spank that food out of their hands, no? or maybe spank it out of kelly’s hands. I guess spanking is ok, but screw health! dumb & fat, classic pairing like a fine wine and cheese.

    but who am I kidding – there are people out there like kelly clarkson that actually dont believe in evolution, who actually think there is some magic guy in the sky, that dinosaurs MIGHT not be real. this is the same level of stupid thats seen with people who defend spanking. at the end of the day, the world will always have stupid recyclable flesh like kelly & her ilk who are born, die, and contribute truly nothing to the world except fertilizer to the ground they are buried in.

    if those kids and their parents think spanking is fine, whatever. you’re humanity’s trash anyway – while people with actual worth do things, these people live on, and die on. no love lost for the worthless like this gal ;) and everybody in the comments saying spanking is ok…maybe stick best to what you do, which is some category of worthless.

  • Ram

    they have obese parents that will likely create obese children. but hey, thats not child abuse!….right?

  • Ram

    If it’s illegal to hit an adult human, it should be illegal to hit a child.

  • Ram

    …..I think I just got dumber reading your comment.

  • Ram

    try harder, dylan. in life, and in the comments.

  • Ram

    found the ugly one (they always get mad)

  • Ram

    yea but people like kelly (and the people on here defending spanking) aren’t really fans of science, or as they like to hug it with quotation marks, ‘science’

  • Ram

    Who should we believe – you, a nobody, or experts – that have education, research, experience, degrees?

  • Ram

    you and nine people < experts with actual research/education/degrees behind them.

    your opinion means nothing – its just another uninformed, worthless piece of noise. not surprising in the least though – the world is full of cattle like you guys, taking up space and contributing nothing.

  • Dylan

    It’s cool mate – by the looks you just trolling. Everyone needs a hobby I guess.

  • Stoni

    I’m mad? Lol. Don’t be so sensitive.

  • Stoni

    Your opinion means nothing. I think were your words to someone’s post. You are either a troll or way too wrapped up in Kelly’s life.

  • gwen

    Hi Cool Boots/Cindy S!

  • liss

    It´s never okey to spank children..never

  • Dee

    I think she should do what she wants!!!

  • Sara

    If you have to resort to hitting your children to parent them then you are doing a thoroughly crappy job. I never hit my children, although they were raised with strict discipline. They are now 17, 15, and 12 and very well behaved. As well, I have a really close relationship with all three based on trust and caring. Trust that I didn’t break by hitting them.

  • Sara

    I have managed to raise three incredibly well-behaved children, who are now 17, 15, and 12, who have never been hit. Discipline does not need to equal hitting.

  • Sara

    Did you even read the above comment? Because they are saying NO it is not okay for her to hit her own children either. It is not okay to hit ANY child.

  • Sara

    There is no such thing as spanking, by the way. It is just assault dressed up in pretty language.

  • Sara

    There is no such thing as spanking. Spanking is just assault dressed up in pretty language. And assaulting someone is always abuse.

  • Sara

    No, she shouldn’t. We don’t just get to do whatever we want with a person because they are our child. That is actually a very good reason to NOT hit our child. They depend on us to care for them.

  • Sara

    Exactly!!

  • Kee FRIEND Leichtle

    People always build mountains out of mole hills. Saying spanking is the same as assault is like saying a friendly buddy to buddy soft fist to the shoulder is the same as punching someone until they’re black and blue. Anyone who knows Kelly knows she would never become super violent towards her kids.

  • deusexmachina

    You mean to say her long sermons about how bad spanking is? blah, blah, blah You both preaching that to me someone who been physically emotionally and verbally abused since I started to walk. Tell me how not condescending is that I have that worst and turn out fine. Her children are getting spank in the bottom. Now if she hit more because of too much wine her husband can deal with it. IT`S THEIR DAMN BUSINESS. THOSE ARE HER CHILDREN LIVE IT BE. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU ONLY MAKES YOU STRONGER. Isn’t this a lyric from one of her song.

  • Michael Clim

    bull! you are wrong! spare the rod and spoil the child goes a lot farther to creating someone with moral values than you obviously understand! I was abused as a child! beat (not Spanked) daily! but the benefit that it provided me gave me the rational understanding of people and situations in this world and it was priceless! wouldn’t change a thing. Many have benefited from my experience by learning just what is important in this world! more need their ahses beat a children for the cumulative amount of correction is the same by adulthood. pay the price as a child or pay the price as adult! the amount of correction is the same. wouldn’t you spank your child to guarantee that they wouldn’t need to be spanked by the court system later in life. I was beat to the point I questioned if there was a god, but I have never been in trouble of any kind have a spotless record and am as compassionate as anyone for the needs of others. individual cases are exactly that! individual cases. you cannot and must not judge all by the same standard!

  • persononhere

    what are the long-terms affects? please share.

  • persononhere

    in what universe is spanking assault?

  • persononhere

    ok, so what about parents who spanked children and they turned out as angelic as yours? and with great relationships with their parents, wouldn’t that mean both ways work?

  • persononhere

    stopped reading after the first two words… no one has time for your essays. go back to school if you want to write this much and educate yourself on spanking. you need one.

  • Michael Clim

    look! I was on the end of belts, electrical cords, bats and whatever. I AM THE EXPERT! and I don’t see anything wrong as long as its done as correction! mine wasn’t but it made me what I am and I can see the benefit of reasonable corporal punishment very early in life, and then the threat is in their minds and enough to keep them morally in line with society! without further intervention!

  • Michael Clim

    wrong