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Kelly Clarkson: Being Skinny Made Me Suicidal

Kelly Clarkson is our hero.

We've said this a number of times over the years, as few celebrities are as comfortable in their own skin as the original American Idol winner.

Kelly Clarkson is Gorgeous

But the admirable artist says in a new interview that it wasn't always this way.

There was a time, in fact, when she hated the skin she was in so much that she went to a very, very, VERY dark place.

"When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself," Clarkson says candidly in the latest issue of Attitude Magazine.

She explains:

"I was miserable, like inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense."

Clarkson says this period of weight loss and depression took place in 2004, right around when her second album was taking off.

She has already won American Idol, her singles were atop the charts and she was on the path to true stardom.

Signed to Clive Davis' RCA Records during this phase of her career, she says she faced immense pressure to shed pounds and looks as “skinny” as her peers.

Kelly Clarkson Artwork

"It was a very dark time for me. I thought the only way out was quitting," she says, adding:

"I like wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do is put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time."

Fast forward a few years to the release of Clarkson’s third album, “My December.”

The singer famously feuded with Davis over the inclusion of certain tracks on this record, eventually firing manager Jeff Kwatinetz as part of the overall disagreement.

"There's a song on My December called 'Sober.' There's this line - 'picked the weeds but kept the flowers' - and I just live my life by that, because you are who you surround yourself with," Clarkson says here.

"I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there, too."

Last spring, Kelly signed a deal with Atlantic Records. And she sounds pretty happy about it.

"It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light," she now says.

Kelly Clarkson with Kids

Sadly, Clarkson still hears these days from critics who suck and who give her a hard time about her weight.

But she often fights back. She's now about to let these trolls win.

"I don't obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it," the star told Redbook at one point, expounding as follows:

"There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism - that is not me.

"I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can.

"You always want what someone else has."

Clarkson's next album comes out on October 27.

We're totally gonna buy it.

We love her.

Kelly Clarkson Joins The Voice, Sticks It to American Idol

So much for all that Idol chatter.

A few days after rumors surfaced that Kelly Clarkson would be a judge on the revamped version of American Idol, the original winner of has come out and stunned the television universe:

Kelly Clarkson is a Boss

She will, indeed, be a judge on an upcoming season of a beloved, long-time running singing competition.

But it will not be the show that made her famous.

It will be The Voice.

Clarkson made the unexpected announcement on Thursday afternoon alongside Blake Shelton on his Facebook page as part of a live video.

The two artists will joined on season 14 by fellow longtime coach Adam Levine, while a fourth coach will be confirmed at a later date.

"I'm so excited to join The Voice at NBC," Clarkson said in a statement.

She added:

"We've gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn't been right until now.

"I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special.

"I can't wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they've needed to break into the industry."

Kelly Clarkson, Kids

Proving she's ready for the typical weekly trash talk among panelists, Clarkson concluded as follows:

"Watch out Shelton, I'm comin' to win!"

There's also been talk, meanwhile, that Jennifer Hudson will come on board The Voice Season 13 as a judge.

Said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, in a statement of his own:

"Kelly has been a part of The Voice family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp.

"Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is.

"We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on The Voice."

Kelly Clarkson Finale Pic

It was announced on Tuesday that ABC has agreed on a deal to revive American Idol.

It will most likely air on Sunday nights next spring, with Ryan Seacrest most likely returning as host.

"American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it," Disney co-chairman Ben Sherwood said about this move, adding:

"Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC's lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Watch Clarkson and Shelton have a blast making the big reveal here...

... and then join us in welcoming Clarkson to The Voice!

Kelly Clarkson Has a Death Wish, Coming Home to ‘American Idol’

Unfortunately, it looks like American Idol is returning to ABC. Way to be original, television. And, in an effort to add some star power, producers want the original Idol to be a judge.

DON’T DO IT KELLY! RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN! TMZ reports:

On Kelly’s side, we’re told she’s not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear her schedule during the time the show will be filmed.

Oh, well, I guess she’s not going to take my advice. Maybe Kelly thinks this gig will boost her Q rating after her last album flopped, but she’s wrong. Nothing good has come out of American Idol since Carrie Underwood. Simon Cowell berating bad singers in the first few seasons was pretty fun, but the show was all downhill after he left. Not that I watched. I was just forced to listen to weekly updates by my mom.

And now I’ll be forced to listen to them again thanks to ABC. And Kelly Clarkson. There’s still time, Kelly. Get out. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Well, this show may kill you. Anyone seen Randy Jackson lately? Didn’t think so.

29 Stars Who Shamed Their Body-Shamers

Being in the spotlight might seem fabulous sometimes, but it also means more criticism.

From fans on social media to other celebrities who think they have a right to comment, there are way too many people who think it's okay to criticize celebrities for their appearances.

These 29 stars have dealt with such body-shaming, but their responses?

They totally shamed their body-shamers!

And we LOVE them for it.

1. Selena Gomez

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When Selena Gomez was insulted about her weight on Instagram, she responded with a photo of herself in a bathing suit. The caption read, “I love being happy with me y’all. #theresmoretolove.”

2. Ariel Winter

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Modern Family actress Ariel Winter receives negative comments all too often about her appearance and the clothes she wears, but her responses are always golden. “Dear sorry body-shamers, I looked HOT in that dress,” was just one of her responses. She also tweeted recently, “Know your value. Remember who you are. Love yourself. You’re perfect
along with the hashtag: #stoptheshaming.

3. Tyra Banks

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Tyra Banks’ response to insults about her weight after photos were taken of her on the beach was simple and to the point. “Kiss my fat ass!”

4. Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato has struggled with eating disorders, and that’s something she’s been open about. So when the haters starting criticizing her body, she was quick to respond. “Dear haters, you don’t have to like me cause I love you. Everyone’s equal, everyone has a soul, and everyone deserves to be loved.”

5. Kim Kardashian

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Like many others, Kim Kardashian was criticized for her weight gain during pregnancy, but her response on Twitter was pretty fabulous. “Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight… your body totally changes! Making fun of me pregnant and making fun of me trying to lose weight now, shame on you. I’m not perfect, but I will never conform to your skinny standards. Sorry!”

6. Khloe Kardashian

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Khloe Kardashian has received a lot of criticism for her weight, often called “the fat one” of the Kardashian family. She consistently stands up for herself on the issue. “My weight doesn’t define who I am.”

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Celebrities Who Became Parents in 2016: Oh, Babies!

CONGRATULATIONS ALL AROUND!

The following well-known names all became mothers or fathers at some point in 2016. We send them our best wishes!

1. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

John legend and chrissy teigen 2016 academy awards
It was a girl for Chrissy Teigen and John Legend in the spring of 2016. Hooray!

2. Candice Accola

Candice accola smiles
Candice Accola was given an extra special reason to smile in early 2016: the lovely actress gave birth to a girl!

3. Tyra Banks

Tyra banks image
Thanks to a surrogate, Tyra Banks became a first-time mother in early 2016. We send her and her little boy all of our best wishes.

4. Louis Tomlinson

Louis tomlinson baby photo
AWWW! SO CUTE! Louis Tomlinson gives us our first look here at his son, Freddie. He has his dad's good looks!

5. Jana Kramer

Jana kramer
Congrats, Jana Kramer! The actress welcomed a daughter named Jolie into the world in January.

6. Heather Morris

Heather morris
Way to go, Heather Morris! The former Glee star welcomed her second son into the world in February.
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23 Celebrity Weddings That We Never Saw Coming

Not all celebrity couples make like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. In other words, some got married very much on the Down Low.

So low down, in fact, that we didn't even know they were planning on getting hitched until the big day had already come and gone!

Some of these surprise celebrity marriages may even last, too, although in some cases, more forethought may have been prudent ...

1. JENNIFER ANISTON AND JUSTIN THEROUX

Justin theroux jennifer aniston photograph
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux told guests in August 2015 that they were attending a birthday party at their home. But then they went ahead and got hitched!

2. IAN SOMERHALDER AND NIKKI REED

Nikki reed and ian somerhalder
Four months after announcing their engagement, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed quietly exchanged vows in Santa Monica ... without anyone outside their inner circle knowing about it until it had already gone down!

3. KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD

Kristen bell and dax shepard picture
Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard got married on the spot in 2013 after a court employee offered up an immediate ceremony. The entire thing cost $142.

4. KELLY CLARKSON AND BRANDON BLACKSTOCK

Brandon blackstock dances with kelly clarkson
Kelly Clarkson and Brandom Blackstock engaged vows in an intimate ceremony in Tennesse. The singer simply told fans about it the next day via social media.

5. KERRY WASHINGTON AND NNAMI ASOMUGHA

Kerry washington nnamdi asomugha
Kerry Washington and Nnami Asomugha got married in Idaho... and that's still all we know. Few stars are as guarded with their personal information as the Scandal beauty.

6. ANNE HATHAWAY AND ADAM SHULMAN

Anne hathaway adam shulman pic
Anna Hathaway used the same wedding planner who helped keep Natalie Portman’s nuptials quiet when she tied the knot with Shulman in 2012.
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Kelly Clarkson Jokes About Dealing with Her Daughter’s Terrible Twos: ‘She’s a Terrorist’

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Kelly Clarkson is getting used to being a mother of four.

The singer, 34, has been promoting her children’s book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, and spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about her somewhat treacherous toddler.

“She’s a terrorist,” Clarkson, who shares 2-year-old River Rose and 5-month-old Remington “Remy” Alexander with husband Brandon Blackstock, jokes in the interview. “She’s so bossy. She can be the most loveable human and then just … mean.”

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DeGeneres, 58, got a glimpse of River’s sassy personality when she chatted with the toddler backstage. “I said, ‘Are you River? I’m Ellen’ and she goes, ‘Sit,’ ” DeGeneres says.

“Like you’re a dog,” Clarkson quips.

Clarkson also mentions her 2-year-old’s not-so-age-appropriate obsession. “She went from Finding Nemo to Jurassic Park,” she says. “I know, judge me. It’s fine.”

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Clarkson’s daughter took a liking to dinosaurs after seeing them in exhibits at museums, and when Clarkson’s sister was playing the movie, River couldn’t look away.

“I was like, ‘This is too old … So I’ll just play it real quick and she’ll be like, ‘No!’ ” she remembers hoping. “Seen all of ’em. She loves ’em. When people are being attacked, she literally laughs and is like ‘Ahhh!’ I don’t know what that says about her here [pointing to her heart] … or here [pointing to her head].”

After sharing some of her daughter’s latest moments, Clarkson realizes the crowd might be judgmental of her parenting style.

“I’m a good mother,” she says, laughing. “It’s just, she loves [the movies] and she’s not scared. I think we teach them fear. She doesn’t know to be scared. She thinks they’re playing.”

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As for playing with her new baby brother? Clarkson says River is having a difficult time sharing the attention.

“She doesn’t like that,” she says about the times Clarkson is holding her son. “She is so jealous of that moment, but she loves him. She loves feeding him and she loves — I’m such a mom, I’m so boring.”

On the TODAY show Tuesday morning, Clarkson continued to talk about motherhood, and how much her life has changed.

“I’ve never felt more confident or more like a woman,” she told Savannah Guthrie, “Because the amount of things that I accomplish in a day — I’m gonna say it — it’s astonishing … We do everything, though. I feel like moms, we’re just amazing humans. I literally tell my mom all the time, ‘I’m sorry,’ because I just didn’t respect that enough … It’s a hard job.”

And while she has enjoyed raising her babies — and her husband‘s kids from a previous relationship — Clarkson says she is satisfied with the size of her family.

“Yeah,” she tells DeGeneres, when asked about if she’d have any more, before correcting herself.

“No, not kids. I thought you meant books! Ah! My husband full on just had a heart attack. No. We have four because I married into two. So we have a 15-, 9-, 2[-year-old] and 5-month-old … I already have days where I cry, so we don’t need any more kids. It’s a lot.”

— Blake Bakkila


Stars Who Welcomed Babies in 2016: Congrats All Around!

CONGRATULATIONS ALL AROUND!

The following well-known names all became mothers or fathers at some point in 2016...

1. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

John legend and chrissy teigen 2016 academy awards
It was a girl for Chrissy Teigen and John Legend in the spring of 2016. Hooray!

2. Candice Accola

Candice accola smiles
Candice Accola was given an extra special reason to smile in early 2016: the lovely actress gave birth to a girl!

3. Tyra Banks

Tyra banks image
Thanks to a surrogate, Tyra Banks became a first-time mother in early 2016. We send her and her little boy all of our best wishes.

4. Louis Tomlinson

Louis tomlinson baby photo
AWWW! SO CUTE! Louis Tomlinson gives us our first look here at his son, Freddie. He has his dad's good looks!

5. Jana Kramer

Jana kramer
Congrats, Jana Kramer! The actress welcomed a daughter named Jolie into the world in January.

6. Heather Morris

Heather morris
Way to go, Heather Morris! The former Glee star welcomed her second son into the world in February.
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22 Celebrity Weddings We Did NOT See Coming

Not all celebrity couples make like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. In other words, some got married very much on the Down Low.

So low down, in fact, that we didn't even know they were planning on getting hitched until the big day had already come and gone!

Some of these surprise celebrity marriages may even last, too, although in some cases, more forethought may have been prudent ...

1. JENNIFER ANISTON AND JUSTIN THEROUX

Justin theroux jennifer aniston photograph
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux told guests in August 2015 that they were attending a birthday party at their home. But then they went ahead and got hitched!

2. IAN SOMERHALDER AND NIKKI REED

Nikki reed and ian somerhalder
Four months after announcing their engagement, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed quietly exchanged vows in Santa Monica ... without anyone outside their inner circle knowing about it until it had already gone down!

3. KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD

Kristen bell and dax shepard picture
Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard got married on the spot in 2013 after a court employee offered up an immediate ceremony. The entire thing cost $142.

4. KELLY CLARKSON AND BRANDON BLACKSTOCK

Brandon blackstock dances with kelly clarkson
Kelly Clarkson and Brandom Blackstock engaged vows in an intimate ceremony in Tennesse. The singer simply told fans about it the next day via social media.

5. KERRY WASHINGTON AND NNAMI ASOMUGHA

Kerry washington nnamdi asomugha
Kerry Washington and Nnami Asomugha got married in Idaho... and that's still all we know. Few stars are as guarded with their personal information as the Scandal beauty.

6. ANNE HATHAWAY AND ADAM SHULMAN

Anne hathaway adam shulman pic
Anna Hathaway used the same wedding planner who helped keep Natalie Portman’s nuptials quiet when she tied the knot with Shulman in 2012.
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Kelly Clarkson Looks Back on American Idol: It Was Amazing!

Kelly Clarkson has had a wonderful career that has spanned over fourteen years. 

Clarkson won the first season of American Idol back in 2002. It's crazy to think that she's still as relevant as today as she was back then. 

Her career has continued to flourish, but Idol did not. 

Kelly Clarkson Finale Pic

The singing competition finally concluded earlier this year after 15 seasons.

That's a great run for any series. 

You'd think singing competitions would be a bit long in the tooth by now, but NBC continues to find success with two cycles of The Voice every year. 

Granted, there always seems to be some sort of rift with the judges on the show, but it drums up good ratings. 

Clarkson has enjoyed a lot of success throughout her career. She's the first artist from the show to achieve 100 Billboard number 1 hit singles. 

Yes, that means the star has topped the chart at least 100 times. 

The Original American Idol

That's not an easy task for anyone, so she deserves a lot of recognition for that. 

That said, Kelly is not about to forget where she came from. She knows American Idol gave her the career she has today. 

Joining singing competitions was the best way to get noticed in 2002. There was no Youtube for artists to go viral back in those days. 

Kelly took to Twitter to express her gratitude to the once hot Fox series. 

"14 yrs ago 2day @AmericanIdol opened a door w/such amazing opportunities & experiences 4 me!" the 34-year-old singer wrote on Twitter on Sunday, September 4.

"I am 4ever grateful & blessed! #heresto14more."

There's every reason to believe that Clarkson will still be topping the charts in fourteen years.

She really does have staying power and it's not often an artist can continue to top the charts after all this time. 

Kelly recently signed a major record deal with Atlantic Records, so at least we know she'll continue to release great music. 

She also welcomed a son in April of this year, but she will be back with new music very soon. 

It just goes to show that even though the final few seasons of American Idol were terrible, the show still served a huge purpose. 

Kelly Clarkson with baby Remington Alexander

It gave the likes of Kelly Clarkson a start in an industry that's very difficult to become a star in. 

Clarkson even appeared on the final season of the Fox hit, but apparently Carrie Underwood was not impressed

Underwood was given a smaller segment than Clarkson. 

Carrie Underwood at American Idol finale

This peeved Underwood because she knows she is the bigger money maker of the two. 

What do you think of all of this?

Hit the comments below!

21 Celebrity Weddings No One Saw Coming

Not all celebrity couples make like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. In other words, some got married very much on the Down Low.

So low down, in fact, that we didn't even know they were planning on getting hitched until the big day had already come and gone!

Some of these surprise celebrity marriages may even last, too, although in some cases, more forethought may have been prudent ...

1. JENNIFER ANISTON AND JUSTIN THEROUX

Justin theroux jennifer aniston photograph
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux told guests in August 2015 that they were attending a birthday party at their home. But then they went ahead and got hitched!

2. IAN SOMERHALDER AND NIKKI REED

Nikki reed and ian somerhalder
Four months after announcing their engagement, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed quietly exchanged vows in Santa Monica ... without anyone outside their inner circle knowing about it until it had already gone down!

3. KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD

Kristen bell and dax shepard picture
Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard got married on the spot in 2013 after a court employee offered up an immediate ceremony. The entire thing cost $142.

4. KELLY CLARKSON AND BRANDON BLACKSTOCK

Brandon blackstock dances with kelly clarkson
Kelly Clarkson and Brandom Blackstock engaged vows in an intimate ceremony in Tennesse. The singer simply told fans about it the next day via social media.

5. KERRY WASHINGTON AND NNAMI ASOMUGHA

Kerry washington nnamdi asomugha
Kerry Washington and Nnami Asomugha got married in Idaho... and that's still all we know. Few stars are as guarded with their personal information as the Scandal beauty.

6. ANNE HATHAWAY AND ADAM SHULMAN

Anne hathaway adam shulman pic
Anna Hathaway used the same wedding planner who helped keep Natalie Portman’s nuptials quiet when she tied the knot with Shulman in 2012.
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Kelly Clarkson Shares Sweet Photos of ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ Son Remy and Daughter River: ‘The Big Sis Love Is Real’

Kelly Clarkson‘s kids are giving Twitter an adorable edge.

On Tuesday, the “Breakaway” singer shared photos of 2-year-old daughter River Rose and the newest member of Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock‘s family: son Remington “Remy” Alexander, 3 months.

In the more recent photo, River — who’s sporting a sweet pink headband — is seen cradling her brother and looking down at him, while Remy appears to be talking to his big sister.

“The big sis love is real,” the proud mom, 34, tweeted along with the snap, adding a smiling emoji and the hashtag “river&remy.”

Kelly Clarkson Kids Twitter
Source: Kelly Clarkson/Twitter

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Clarkson also shared a solo shot of Remy shortly before the sibling snap, which shows him staring into the camera with a curious look and smile on his face.

“Baby blue eyes,” she wrote next to the photo of her son.

It seems official that both of Clarkson’s kids are naturals in front of a camera. On Sunday, the songstress tweeted a photo of her fashionista daughter sporting a casual look among a beautiful backdrop.

“Look out @vogue #riverrose is comin’ for ya!” the proud mom wrote to accompany the shot.

Clarkson has opened up in the past about how becoming a mother has changed her, telling PEOPLE in 2015 that her “whole life took a big 180.”

“I never thought I was going to be a mom, so it’s very much changed my world in the most awesome way,” she added at the time.

Jen Juneau


‘Look Out, Vogue!’ Kelly Clarkson Shares Cute Photo of Daughter River Posing for the Camera

Looks like River Rose Blackstock might have (non-musical) career goals up her sleeve already!

The 2-year-old daughter of Kelly Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock was the star of a photo posted to the songstress’ Twitter account on Sunday, which depicted River wearing a hot-pink cap along with a tank top, shorts and white sandals.

“Look out @vogue #riverrose is comin’ for ya!” Clarkson, 34, tweeted alongside the snap, where her older child is looking away from the lens, posing sweetly amidst a background of flowers.

Kelly Clarkson River Rose Vogue
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Considering little River’s potential future modeling career may have to wait until she’s a little older, it’s a good thing she’s keeping busy elsewhere — for example, by helping with her 3-month-old brother Remington “Remy” Alexander and attending social events with American Girl dolls.

“#riverrose rocking NYC tea party style with daddy at American Girl Doll,” Clarkson tweeted Thursday alongside a photo of the smiling tot and Blackstock enjoying some quality father-daughter time.

River, whom her mom has written a children’s book about that is due for release in October, has already proven herself quite the natural at outdoor photo shoots. At just 17 months old, she was “meditating” like a champ in Central Park.

“River can’t be bothered right now. She’s meditating,” Clarkson wrote on Instagram in November, next to the adorable snap of her Disney-loving daughter in the picturesque setting.

Jen Juneau


Meet Remy! Kelly Clarkson Introduces Her Newborn Son

Kelly Clarkson Brandon Blackstock
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Remington Alexander Blackstock has made his debut!

Kelly Clarkson introduced her newborn son Saturday night on Twitter, sharing photos of the 11-day-old being held by his parents, a small smile on his face.

“Meet Remy, our newest [addition] to the family! #charmfordays #watchoutladies,” the singer, 33, wrote.

Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed their second child together on April 12 in Nashville, Tennessee. The couple are already parents to 22-month-old daughter River Rose.

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Clarkson and Blackstock, a Nashville-based talent manager, got engaged in 2012 and tied the knot in October 2013. Blackstock also has two children, Savannah and Seth, from a previous marriage.

— Sarah Michaud


Kelly Clarkson Talks About Her ‘Idol’ Breakdown!

Kelly Clarkson sure is one heck of a performer.

The first American Idol winner just paid Ellen DeGeneres a visit, a week after her emotional and amazing stripped-down performance of her latest single, “Piece By Piece,” on the last week’s episode of the talent search.

“I came off almost in tears for a different reason because I was so embarrassed. I was like “Oh God this is my final thing on Idol and I could not hold it together,” the 33-year-old singer gushes.

Kelly Clarkson on The Ellen Show

Referring to the song itself, she says “…the song is incredibly sad … It’s just incredibly… it’s sad, but hopeful.. cause a lot of us we didn’t have a bar to set as far as finding love and relationships. Or friendships in any form.”

We are so glad that Kelly’s in a better place now.

 

More Idol news!

Simon Cowell: Clay Aiken is an Idiot
Carrie Underwood Wins Big & Looks Hawt At CMT 2015
Katherine McPhee Has the Hottest Bum Of the Day!

Kelly Clarkson and Daughter River Hang With Cinderella During Disneyland Trip

Bippity boppity boo!

Kelly Clarkson and daughter River Rose spent some time with Cinderella when they visited Disneyland on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to document the magical moment.

“Got 2 hang out w/River today @Disneyland She LOVED it! So much fun! Thanks Disney & Mark, our guide, 4 a great day!,” the expectant mother tweeted, along with a pic.

Kelly Clarkson

In the photo, all the ladies smile as Cinderella gives the perfect princess pose and Clarkson, 33, holds River, who’s wearing the most adorable baby Minnie Mouse cap.

The mother-daughter Disney date was certainly a great way to spend some quality time before the singer welcomes baby number two with husband Brandon Blackstock.

In August, the American Idol alum revealed she was pregnant in a surprise announcement at a Los Angeles concert during her Piece by Piece tour.

“I was not planning on announcing this, but…I’m totally pregnant,” she said as she teared up during her performance of the song “Piece by Piece” — an ode to her own father, and a paean to her husband for being a good dad.

Naja Rayne


Kelly Clarkson Has Written a Children’s Book – and It’s All About Her Daughter

American Idol champ, Grammy winner, Billboard chart-topper, and now children’s author – what can’t Kelly Clarkson do?

The expectant mom announced on Tuesday that she’s penned her own book with the help of daughter River Rose.

“I’m officially a children’s book author,” the 33-year-old wrote on Twitter. “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby comes out this October!”

Kelly Clarkson River Rose children's book

In a sweet clip shared by the star, she explained the backstory of her foray into children’s lit. “It’s kind of a cool thing to be on a plane with my daughter, we were going on trips to the U.K. and Asia and Australia, all these amazing places that she was too little to remember,” Clarkson said with the 19-month-old perched in her lap.

“Basically I started writing down these little fun stories — of like when we went to Australia and she got to hang out with some kangaroos.”

Clarkson said that eventually, the “little stories” morphed into a book for each place they visited.

Kelly Clarkson River Rose children's book

“I guess my hope is for little kids to read River Rose and the Magical Lullaby and be inspired by it, and know they can achieve anything,” she said, “and still dream big and make big things happen.”

After the promo, Clarkson joked around about her baby girl’s adorable personality, telling the camera “Ya’ll, she is out of hand.”

“I can’t even get her to work, I’m pulling this train all by myself,” she continued. “She’s like sleeping on the job, she’s eating all the time — she’s always hungry.”

RELATED GALLERY: 12 Things Kelly Clarkson’s Second Baby Can Look Forward To (as Demonstrated By His Sis, River Rose)

Clarkson, who is pregnant with her and husband Brandon Blackstock‘s second child, teased the collaboration with illustrator Laura Hughes on Twitter in the days leading up to the big reveal.

“What’s magical, fun and an escape for everyone?” the first video baited on Friday.

In a third Twitter clip, River smiled while playing with makeup on a vanity. “We couldn’t afford a @SuperBowl commercial, but here’s #Clue3,” Clarkson wrote of her little “diva,” before sharing a photo of herself and the cutie.

The picture book will feature an original lullaby written and performed by Clarkson, according to her website.

In the story, River Rose is so excited for her first trip to the zoo that she can’t fall asleep. Luckily, her mother’s lullaby sends her on a dreamy adventure through the menagerie.

River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, published by HarperCollins, will be available on Oct. 4, 2016, but can be pre-ordered online now.

— Lindsay Kimble


Sorry Santa! Kelly Clarkson Shares Classic Christmas Photo of Daughter River Rose

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Kelly Clarkson‘s daughter River Rose might be on the naughty list after this not-so-merry moment.

The expectant mom took to Instagram on Thursday to share a classic Christmas shot of her 18-month-old on Santa’s lap — and River was not too happy about it.

In the photo, Santa looks as jolly as his job calls for, while the soon-to-be big sister cries.

“So this happened….#RiverLovesSanta …is it wrong I slightly enjoyed this ha!” Clarkson, 33, captioned the photo.

So this happened…. #RiverLovesSanta ….is it wrong I slightly enjoyed this ha!

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While the photo might not be ideal, it’ll be another great one to add to their epic Christmas card collection.

Earlier this month, Clarkson shared the family’s Game of Thrones themed Christmas card on Instagram, sending fans into a flurry as they guessed that her use of the show’s tagline “winter is coming” might be a hint at her future baby’s name.

“Merry Christmas from the Blackstock clan! #gameofthrones #winteriscoming #riverisnotworried,” the singer captioned the picture.

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Kelly Clarkson and Family Pose For Game Of Thrones Themed Christmas Card

Watch out Kardashians, Kelly Clarkson and her family is coming for your epic Christmas card tradition.

On Monday, the expectant mom, shared a snap of the family’s Game of Thrones themed holiday card, in which the family is decked out in period-appropriate attire, similar to characters in the show.

In the photo, the family does their best serious faces, as dad Brandon Blackstock holds the couple’s 14-month-old daughter River Rose and Clarkson rests her hand on Blackstock’s son from another marriage Seth. His oldest daughter, Savannah is also pictured.

“Merry Christmas from the Blackstock clan! #gameofthrones #winteriscoming #riverisnotworried,” Clarkson, 33, captioned the photo on Instagram.

Merry Christmas from the Blackstock clan! @gameofthrones #gameofthrones #winteriscoming #riverisnotworried

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Featured on the Christmas card is the series tagline, “winter is coming,” written just above the family’s last name, Blackstock, which has some wondering if Clarkson might be hinting her future baby’s name.

The singer announced in August that she and Blackstock were expecting their second child together.

“I was not planning on announcing this, but … I’m totally pregnant,” she revealed to the crowd at a Los Angeles stop during her “Piece by Piece” tour.

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Kelly Clarkson Shares Adorable Snap of River Rose ‘Meditating’

Baby’s first meditation?

Kelly Clarkson recently shared an Instagram snap of her daughter, River Rose, having what appears to be a spiritual moment in New York City’s Central Park.

“I’m so thankful for my amazing family & friends!! Especially this little nugget :) River can’t be bothered right now. She’s meditating. #sheistotallythinkingaboutfood HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!! :)” the singer captioned the photo of the 17-month-old looking upward with her mouth open.

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Whether little River was actually meditating or “thinking about food,” one thing’s for sure: She’ll have a little more responsibility on her plate soon, as she’s set to be a big sister.

Clarkson, 33, announced in August that she and husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting a son.

In other news, River's gonna have a little baby brother :) #itsaboy We're so excited!

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Earlier this year, the singer opened up to PEOPLE about why she was nervous about having a second child.

The reason: little River is “so perfect,” Clarkson said.

“I feel like something horrible’s gonna come out of me. Because she’s so great– like, the yin to her yang,” she said.

“But I won’t put that out there,” she added. “I’m gonna project happiness.”


Kelly Clarkson Reveals She’s Expecting a Boy

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Kelly Clarkson‘s adding a boy to her brood!

The “Invincible” singer took to social media Friday to announce the sex of her baby-on-the-way, sharing an adorable shot of daughter River Rose, 16 months, with the caption: “In other news, River’s gonna have a little baby brother :) #itsaboy We’re so excited!”

Clarkson, 33, first shared that she and husband Brandon Blackstock, 38, were expecting in August, surprising the audience at an L.A. Piece By Piece tour stop with an impromptu, emotional announcement.

“I was not planning on announcing this, but … I’m totally pregnant,” she said, crying onstage at the time.

“My makeup artist is backstage hating me right now. I just don’t want you to think I’m on pills or drunk …I’d like to apologize to my husband. That was not planned. I just didn’t want you to think I was crazy or something. Honestly, I’m just so hormonal today. … I haven’t vomited yet. That is a freakin’ win, y’all.”

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The American Idol alum — who, following doctor’s orders, had to cancel the remainder of her touropened up about wanting to expand her family in a PEOPLE interview back in February.

“I want another one … But I’m just a little frightened because [River is] so perfect,” she said. “I feel like something horrible’s gonna come out of me. Because she’s so great — like, the yin to her yang … But I won’t put that out there. I’m gonna project happiness.”

Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013, making her step-mom to Savannah, 14, and Seth, 8, his kids from a previous marriage.

— Jeff Nelson


11 Stars Who Went from Rags to Crazy Riches

You've heard of a rags-to-riches story, right?

How about multiple stories of those who were born with very little, but who then used their drive, their talents and, yes, their good looks to make like Scrooge McDuck.

These celebrities may not be swimming through a room of actual gold. But they are no longer struggling to make ends meet, either.

1. Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber was born to a single, teenage mother. If Usher did not find Bieber's impressive videos on YouTube, who knows where he would be right now.

2. Leighton Meester

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Leighton Meester starred on a show about very rich young people... but the actress born in a federal prison to her mother Connie, who was serving a 10-year sentence for drug smuggling. The beauty has credited her experience with making her "very non-judgmental and open-minded."

3. Selena Gomez

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In an interview with Elle magazine, Selena thought back to how she grew up poor, saying, "I can remember about seven times when our car got stuck on the highway because we’d run out of gas money."

4. Scarlett Johansson

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Speaking on her youth, A-lister Scarlett Johansson told The Daily Mail one time: "It's nice to have money. I didn't grow up with it so it's nice to have it."

5. Shia LeBeouf

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Shia LeBeouf is weird. He also does not come from money. Here's what the actor once told Parade magazine: "My dad and my mom were both artists who never found an audience for their artwork. And so I lived in poverty. Now that I'm not poor, I know that is what it was. Like Hemingway said, you can’t write anything if you’ve never been shot at or been gorged by a bull, you know? So I look back at that stuff and I’m grateful. It’s like scars. You become proud of them."

6. Nicki Minaj

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"I never want to go back to being poor." So Nicki Minaj has said about her childhood. She grew up in Trinidad and then New York.
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Kelly Clarkson Sang A Song By THIS Pop Princess — And The Heart Wants You To Hear It!

Kelly Clarkson's roster of famous covers keeps growing, and we aren't complaining!

She's flawlessly sang the songs of her pop peers during her Piece By Piece tour! During her show on Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona, the American Idol winner tackled songbird Selena Gomez!

[ Video: Kelly Covered This Cool Summer Single! ]

While performing at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, the vocal powerhouse belted a beautifully emotional rendition of The Heart Wants What It Wants.

Ch-ch-check it out (below)!

While introducing the cover for the night, Kelly revealed that performing fan requests is what she likes the most about this tour:

"It's my favorite part of the show, just because, you know I sing my songs all the time. So I like singing other's people's music. I'm a big fan of music. So I like singing other people's songs."

We love when you sing other people's songs, too, Kel! Keep 'em coming!

[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]

Kelly Clarkson Photographed For The First Time Since Announcing Her Pregnancy! Can YOU Spot Her Baby Bump??

Kelly Clarkson melted our hearts when she made the completely impromptu announcement that she was pregnant during her Piece By Piece tour stop the Staples Center!

And now she's stepping off the stage and onto the street for the first time since dropping that baby bomb on all of us!

Kelly was spotted out and about El Lay, just after leaving a medical building in Beverly Hills! Hmmmm! We wonder if she was having a lil check-up for that bun in her oven!

[ Photo: Kelly Continues To Prove Her Daughter River Rose Is The Cutest! ]

The pop powerhouse kept it casual, donning a flannel shirt, some light jeans, and some brown flats with bow-ties on them.

She may have attempted to go incognito, hiding behind some big ol' shades and capping the look off -- literally -- with a Jimmy Kimmel Live! hat.

We couldn't really get a good glimpse at the American Idol alum's baby bump, but by the looks of it, it seems that button-down is trying with all its might to contain her girls!

We can't wait to follow Kel's pregnancy journey with baby number two!

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Why Kelly Clarkson Was ‘Frightened’ to Have Another Baby

Kelly Clarkson revealed Wednesday that she’s expecting her second child with husband Brandon Blackstock, but the announcement may have been a bit of a surprise given some comments she made after the birth of her daughter River Rose.

Earlier this year, Clarkson, 33, opened up to PEOPLE about why she was having some nervous jitters over a potential baby number two.

“I’m frightened to have another one,” Clarkson told PEOPLE in February. “I want another one — like in a couple years.”

She added, “But I’m just a little frightened because she’s so perfect.”

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Since River was such a good sleeper and a jovial little one right off the bat, the singer joked: “I feel like something horrible’s gonna come out of me. Because she’s so great — like, the yin to her yang.”

“But I won’t put that out there,” she finished. “I’m gonna project happiness.”

Looks like it worked! Clarkson, who had a tough pregnancy with River, said onstage during her announcement that thankfully she hadn’t “vomited yet. That is a freakin’ win, y’all.”

— Alex Heigl


Kelly Clarkson Honors Demi Lovato: Watch! Listen!

Kelly Clarkson did more than just announce her second pregnancy while performing in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

She also paid homage to birthday girl Demi Lovato, who turned 23 years old today.

"She’s always been so supportive and so cool,” said Clarkson of Lovato before breaking into a cover of Cool for the Summer and adding:

“To see a kid that used to go to my shows have this huge career… she’s just killin' it."

She sure is. 

How did Demi feel about this version of her new single? Pretty good, based on her Tweet in response to it:

WOW WOW WOW… @Kelly_Clarkson thank you SO MUCH for covering #coolforthesummer at your show tonight!!! BEST BDAY GIFT EVER!! *literal tears*

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Kelly Clarkson’s Cutest Mommy Moments – So Far!

On Wednesday night, Kelly Clarkson announced to her Los Angeles audience that she’s expecting her second child with husband Brandon Blackstock.

The 33 year-old singer has already had so many adorable moments with her stepchildren Seth and Savannah, and daughter River Rose, 14 months, that we can’t wait to see what squeal-worthy moments the new addition will inspire.

To celebrate the news that she is expecting, we rounded up some of Clarkson’s most adorable mom moments.

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Warm-up with River Rose 
Clarkson and her vocal team warmed up for a London show in the sweetest way ever. The trio recruited baby River to supervise their round of Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song,” resulting in a can’t-miss Instagram video.

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And that wasn’t the only time River helped out with her mom’s Piece by Piece single. Clarkson teased the release of “Heartbeat Song” with a video of her daughter rocking out to the tune.

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Inspired Stepmom

In her PEOPLE cover story,Clarkson revealed that her husband’s kids fed her desire to grow the family even more.

“Seth and Savannah made me want to have a baby. I didn’t realize how much I would love [being a mom]. I love going to games, I love the homework,” she said. “I love the challenge of helping mold someone’s life.”

“We focus on the fact that they have [more] parents who love them,” the singer said of her blended family.

Wedding Waterworks

Also in her cover story, Clarkson recounted an emotional, yet cute, moment from her October 2013 wedding.

The bride’s stepson Seth took notice when she was surprised by waterworks during the Tennessee nuptials.

“During the ceremony, Seth looked up and was like, ‘What’s wrong with her?’ ” Clarkson recalled. “I was like, ‘I’m just so happy!’ ”

Prioritizing Parenting 

Clarkson told PEOPLE about her motherhood goals, and the singer definitely has her priorities in order.

“I’ve accomplished a lot, but I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die, people will say, ‘She was so successful as a mother, and as a wife.’ That’s kind of my big goal,” she said in March

In April, she added that she’ll measure her success as a mom by her kids’ attitudes and abilities.

“I’m like, ‘How can she learn faster?’ You just want to help them put their best foot forward and give them as many opportunities as you can — and make sure you don’t raise a brat. That is our goal,” she said.

Making Time For Romance

The American Idol alum knows that a successful family makes time to foster all kinds of love, and that means setting aside nights to bond with her husband.

“We love being in Seth, Savannah and River’s lives and having our own stuff as well,” Clarkson told PEOPLE .

“As a couple, we think that date nights are important. We are both from broken homes and as a result, you may not take time for yourselves as a couple. So we love our date nights.”

But Clarkson and her crew have plenty of adorable family time as well, whether it’s family game nightholiday decoratingmuseum trips, or taking the kids to meet their idols.

— Lydia Price


Kelly Clarkson: Pregnant with Second Child!

OMG, Kelly Clarkson is seriously the best.

The beloved singer just came out with what may be our favorite celebrity pregnancy announcement EVER, fighting off tears while on stage in Los Angeles on Wednesday night before blurting out to the crowd:

I'm totally pregnant.

"That was not how I wanted to announce that … I hate this song right now,” she joked while wiping away the watewords and adding:

“My makeup artist is backstage hating me right now. I just don’t want you to think I’m on pills or drunk.”

After finishing the track "Piece By Piece," Kelly then made us love her even more by saying:

"I’d like to apologize to my husband. That was not planned. I just didn’t want you to think I was crazy or something. Honestly, I’m just so hormonal today. … I haven’t vomited yet. That is a freakin’ win, y’all."

Does it get any more real than Kelly Clarkson, who is already the mother to an adorable little girl named River Rose?

Watch the amazing announcement here... and send Clarkson your best!!!

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Kelly Clarkson Expecting Second Child

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Don’t let the crying fool you – they’re happy tears!

Kelly Clarkson revealed that she’s expecting her second child with husband Brandon Blackstock while introducing a song Wednesday during her Los Angeles tour stop at the Staples Center.

The surprise announcement came while the American Idol winner, 33, was making her way through “Piece By Piece.” After holding back tears while introducing the song, Clarkson found herself struggling to get a handle on her emotions.

Instead, the singer stopped and told the crowd, “I was not planning on announcing this … I’m totally pregnant. I’m having a really hard time,” she explained of her inability to get through the song, which is both a kiss-off to her father and a paean to her husband for being a good dad.

“I’m gonna nail the s— out of this song. That was not how I wanted to announce that … I hate this song right now,” she joked while wiping away tears. “My makeup artist is backstage hating me right now. I just don’t want you to think I’m on pills or drunk.”

After finally getting through the tune, Clarkson said, “I’d like to apologize to my husband. That was not planned. I just didn’t want you to think I was crazy or something. Honestly, I’m just so hormonal today. … I haven’t vomited yet. That is a freakin’ win, y’all.”

The couple are already parents to daughter River Rose, 14 months. Blackstock is also father to son Seth and daughter Savannah from his previous marriage.

“This is going to be a fun show emotionally,” Clarkson continued after singing her hit “Breakaway.” “You know what’s not easy to do when you’re crying and choking up? Singing.”

“I’m so nervous to talk to my husband,” she added before covering Demi Lovato‘s “Cool for the Summer.” “We haven’t even told our [extended] family!”

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— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Patrick Gomez


20 Shocking Celebrity Weddings: Wait… They Did?!?

Not all celebrity couples make like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. In other words, some got married very much on the Down Low.

So low down, in fact, that we didn't even know they were planning on getting hitched until the big day had already come and gone!

Some of these surprise celebrity marriages may even last, too, although in some cases, more forethought may have been prudent ...

1. IAN SOMERHALDER AND NIKKI REED

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Four months after announcing their engagement, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed quietly exchanged vows in Santa Monica ... without anyone outside their inner circle knowing about it until it had already gone down!

2. KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard got married on the spot in 2013 after a court employee offered up an immediate ceremony. The entire thing cost $142.

3. KELLY CLARKSON AND BRANDON BLACKSTOCK

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Kelly Clarkson and Brandom Blackstock engaged vows in an intimate ceremony in Tennesse. The singer simply told fans about it the next day via social media.

4. KERRY WASHINGTON AND NNAMI ASOMUGHA

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Kerry Washington and Nnami Asomugha got married in Idaho... and that's still all we know. Few stars are as guarded with their personal information as the Scandal beauty.

5. ANNE HATHAWAY AND ADAM SHULMAN

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Anna Hathaway used the same wedding planner who helped keep Natalie Portman’s nuptials quiet when she tied the knot with Shulman in 2012.

6. BLAKE LIVELY AND RYAN REYNOLDS

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Many didn't even know Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were engaged when they tied the knot in South Carolina in late 2012.
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