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Kelly Clarkson details poignant moment she turned to weight-loss drug: I was at my heaviest and ‘didn’t see it’

Kelly Clarkson decided to start taking weight loss medication to slim down when she no longer recognized herself on stage.

The singer made the revelation during Monday’s episode of her eponymous talk show while chatting with guest star Whoopi Goldberg about her own transformation.

Clarkson, 42, shared a story about seeing herself perform a show at The Belasco Theatre in New York City and realizing how many pounds she had put on.

Kelly Clarkson realized she had to start taking a weight loss drug after seeing her weight gain during a concert.

“Seeing yourself, like, I didn’t see it,” Clarkson said of realizing just how many pounds she had put on.

“Do you know what’s funny? I didn’t see it,” she told Goldberg of her weight at the time.

“Literally we were watching it. We were in my house in New York like watching it. I was going to release it and then all of a sudden I paused it and I was like, ‘Who the f–k is that?’ I swear to God. It sounds insane.”

The “Because of You” singer admitted that, up until that moment, she never noticed how much weight she had gained. However, she said she was never “insecure” about it.

Clarkson explained that she didn’t recognize herself while watching a video of her show at The Belasco Theatre.

“I paused it and I was like, ‘Who the f–k is that?’” Clarkson said of watching her show.

Goldberg said she had a similar experience when someone thought she was wearing a fat suit.

“People are like, ‘She must not have been happy,’” Clarkson said. “I was like, ’No, I was happy. I just did not see that.’”

Clarkson furthered that she was “riding high” even when she was at her heaviest weight of 203 pounds.

“People assumed, ‘Oh she must’ve been miserable or depressed or whatever,’ and I was like, ’No, I was not,’” she reiterated.

Clarkson said she weighed 203 pounds at her heaviest. Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The singer said she didn’t realize how heavy she was at the time. Getty Images

But when Clarkson watched the concert recording of herself back, she realized her health was in danger.

“Any second now, she is going to die,” Clarkson recalled thinking to herself when she first realized how heavy she had gotten.

Goldberg, 68, admitted that she first turned to the Type II diabetes drug Mounjaro after someone thought she was wearing a fat suit in her movie “Till.”

Clarkson said that she never felt insecure because she had no idea how large she was. Getty Images

“People assumed, ‘Oh she must’ve been miserable or depressed or whatever,’ and I was like, ’No, I was not,’” she said. Instagram

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“I was indignant. I was like, ‘This is not a fat suit. this is me!’” Goldberg said.

“And then I saw,” Goldberg said of her need to trim her waistline.

Meanwhile, Clarkson admitted that her doctor had encouraged her for “two years” to go on a weight loss drug to lose weight.

The “American Idol” alum eventually went on a weight loss supplement because her health was declining. Ralph Bavaro/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

She has since lost more than 60 pounds thanks to the drug. Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

“I was like, ’No, I’m afraid of it, I already have thyroid problems.’ I was afraid,” the “American Idol” alum confessed.

Ultimately, Clarkson decided to go on the medication because her “blood work got so bad.”

Clarkson has since dropped more than 60 pounds on the unspecified drug, which she confirmed was not Ozempic but something “similar” that “aids in breaking down the sugar.”

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