Kelly Clarkson was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.
Clarkson was raised a strict Southern Baptist. She explains her religious upbringing:
I come from a conservative family. My family was highly conservative; I had to go to church on Sunday and Wednesday.
And while acknowledging the importance of religion during her childhood, Clarkson confirmed in 2004 that it’s become even more important to her in adulthood:
I always grew up in church. I was the leader of our youth group. I’ve always grown up pretty close to church and with God. But I think I’ve just gotten a lot closer just because He’s the only One I can lean on.
It would seem that Christianity is a big deal for Clarkson, though she insists that she’s not a “fundamentalist.”
Politically, Clarkson is a bit all over the place, indicating an independent or moderate stance on politics.
For example, she married a Republican who declared his support for Mitt Romney in 2012, but in both 2008 and 2012, she voted for Obama, even declaring herself an “Obama girl.”
One wonders about the political discussions in the Clarkson household, as she once explained why she couldn’t support Mitt Romney:
I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married.
Interestingly, the previous year, as Republican primaries were underway, Clarkson expressed support for Republican (though formerly Libertarian) candidate, Ron Paul, saying:
I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote.
And when asked about her views on the death penalty, she seemed to qualify her statement from the frame of being a Republican, in a sort of ‘this is how I’m different from my fellow Republicans’ way. She said:
I don’t believe in the death penalty. Most Republicans do but not me.
Clarkson appears to be a person who evaluates issues rather than parties–and that’s great.
Written by Giorgio Taietti and Tom Kershaw