Kelly Clarkson divides fans after confessing to 'spanking' her children

Kelly Clarkson has sparked debate after revealing that she sees no problem in “spanking” her children in a new interview.

The 35-year-old singer confessed that she isn’t “above” physical discipline, drawing backlash from critics.

Kelly’s comments have divided fans. Copyright: [Rex]
Kelly’s comments have divided fans. Copyright: [Rex]

Kelly has two children with her husband Brandon Blackstock, three-year-old River and 20-month-old Remington, and she explained to “I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into.

“And I don’t mean like hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking…

“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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The star went on to acknowledge that her method of discipline isn’t for everyone, adding: “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.

“My parents spanked me, I did fine in life and I feel fine about it.

“I’m from the South, y’all, so we get spankings. My mom would call the principal if I ever ended up in the principal’s office and give permission for her to spank me… I’m a well-rounded individual with a lot of character, so I think it’s fine.”

Kelly was spanked as a child. Copyright: [Rex]
Kelly was spanked as a child. Copyright: [Rex]

However, not everybody was on board with Kelly’s comments, taking to social media to share their view on physical discipline:

Others jumped to Kelly’s defence, arguing:

Kelly has not publicly responded to the backlash.

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