Kelly Clarkson Doesn’t Care if You Don’t Like Her Post-Baby Body

Back off, body-shamers! Kelly Clarkson is well aware that her body has changed since giving birth to her two kids — and she’s perfectly fine with that.

While speaking at the SHE Summit in New York City last week, the American Idol alum candidly opened up about her fluctuating weight. Though admitting that she felt she “was perfect for three years,” Clarkson said she’s perfectly content with how she looks these days. After all, her main priority is her two children: daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander.

“As a mother, and as an aunt, and as a sister, and as a daughter, I think it’s very important for me to be very open about my weight and people asking about it. Obviously, this is not my goal weight, if anyone’s asking, but I had two kids,” she said [via Cosmopolitan]. “It’s hard for me, a lot of physical things going against me, so I think it’s important to tell girls that Photoshop is not reality, that’s not what we look like, that’s not what we want people to see.”

“This [her body] is real, and this is what’s happening right now, this is what I’m rocking. I’m just gonna do me and I’m gonna go at my own pace and I’m gonna do my thing, and if I’m skinny one day or bigger one day, that ain’t gonna change how I sound. I still sound pretty dang good. And my talent is why I’m here,” she continued. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and I can’t even believe my life sometimes. I’m so fortunate, and that’s what I focus on.”

Clarkson also stressed the importance of empowering women — especially mothers — by creating an open dialogue. As a working parent, the singer expressed that it’s okay to feel stressed about balancing motherhood and a career sometimes.

“I have a lot of mom guilt … If you’re a mom, you want to be with your kid every day. You don’t want to miss a moment, you want her to need you and want you and not want somebody else,” she said. “But I think it’s really important not only for my little girl and our 15-year-old girl and our boys to see that a woman is capable of kicking ass while also being a kickass mom.”

“I’m not gonna B.S. you, that’s hard,” she added. “There are days where I cry like and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I can handle all this!’ or get it all done. But at the end of the day, 99 percent of the time, it’s awesome and it’s worth it and that’s what I say to myself.”