Kelly Clarkson Reveals the Story Behind Her Favorite Tattoo

The singer-songwriter detailed the history behind some of her ink on her talk show.
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson.

On a recent episode of her hit talk show, singer Kelly Clarkson admitted that she typically gets a new tattoo to honor herself after going through a tough time.

“A lot of them are when not great things happen,” the “Since U Been Gone” singer admitted. “And I do it because I like the reminder that I made it and like sometimes things seem so big in your world at that moment, and you feel like you’re not going to make it. And then you do, and so usually, that’s when I get the tattoo.”

The 41-year-old mom of two then detailed one of her favorite tattoos, which says “DC” on her middle finger.

“Someone was so vicious [to me] and I was so tired of sitting in a room where men just made me feel like s---,” Clarkson explained to her guest, three-time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Rodrigo, and her studio audience. “And then I was like, ‘You know what?’ Nope! I actually had the guts to finally say... like, ‘Actually, I think this is about you’... and I just totally said everything I’ve ever wanted to say in that moment.”

The Kelly Clarkson Show’s official Instagram account shared a clip from the conversation on Dec. 26, which elicited plenty of feedback from the page’s two million followers. 

“So what does DC mean?” one person inquired. “Don’t change? Or is it someone’s initials? 🤔.”

“you know whoever DC is is sitting in a chair going Dayummmmmmm fumbled!!! whether that’s professionally or personally or both,” someone else added.

“I wanna know… WHO was this dc.., or was it really cd??😎😝,” another fan speculated.

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