Clarkson spoke out about her struggles in an interview with Attitude Magazine. "I was miserable, like inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense.”
Clarkson was catapulted into fame when she won the first season of American Idol in 2002, but all the success couldn't mask her inner struggles. “It was a very dark time for me," she told Attitude. "I thought the only way out was quitting. I 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."
Clarkson's battle with body image stemmed all the way back to her childhood. In an interview with CosmoGIRL! in 2007, the singer revealed she had a six-month bout with bulimia in seventh grade.
However, Clarkson also told Attitude that she made a life-saving decision in 2007 with the release of her third album My December, that helped change her life for the better.
“There’s a song on My December called 'Sober'," she said. "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. I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there, too. It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light."