Kelly Clarkson Takes On The ALS Pepper Challenge And It’s Hilariously Painful

Although amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was first found in 1869, it didn’t start getting international attention until 1939, when beloved baseball star Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease. The degenerative disease forces the motor neurons in your brain to deteriorate, which eventually leads to paralysis and death.

However, the hype surrounding the incurable disease slowly dwindled down until cosmologist Stephen Hawking announced that he was suffering from it in 1963. However, at the time, nobody could’ve predicted that over five decades later, ALS would be one of the most talked about conditions in the world.

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In the summer of 2014, three young men with ALS enlisted the help of the world to raise awareness and funds for the devastating condition by dumping buckets of ice water on their heads.

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The campaign soon became widespread, and inspired both regular people and celebrities to take on the challenge and make donations to the ALS Association. As a result, $115 million was raised to advance the research for the cause and cure of the disease, and for the first time in 22 years, the FDA approved a new treatment drug.

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Now, to ensure that the conversation surrounding ALS doesn’t cease, ESPN anchor Tom Haberstroh has introduced a new challenge that may be even more grueling that dumping ice water on your head. The host was inspired to create the ALS Pepper Challenge after his mother, Patty, was diagnosed with the disease.

The challenge has been underway for a few weeks now, and lots of celebrities are partaking in the spicy dare. More recently, country singer Trisha Yearwood and her husband, Garth Brooks, took the challenge then asked Kelly Clarkson to do the same. As you can imagine, it went as well as you’d expect eating one of the world’s spiciest peppers would go.

The One Thing All Moms Need According To Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is revealing the secret to raising her four children, and it’s not what you would expect.

The 35-year-old singer has two children, three-year-old River Rose and 21-month-old Remington Alexander, with her husband Brandon Blackstock.

Blackstock also two children from a previous relationship, Savannah and Seth.

When she was asked if she and her husband were done having children, there was no doubt in Clarkson’s mind about the answer. She gave an emphatic, “Absolutely!” confirming there will be no more children planned for the couple.

Her children have been the main inspiration in her life and have helped give her some perspective.

“I think when you’re younger and in this kind of industry where everyone is always applauding you – or talking bad or good about you – they’re still talking about you and it’s so hard to not drink your punch,” she said.

Taking those lessons, she plans on passing it on to her children.

“I’m going to teach my kids to do what they love, regardless if they’re the most famous person doing it. Love what you do. Love who you work with and don’t work with people you don’t and don’t do things you don’t love,” she said.

She is definitely not shy about the challenges of raising children, however.

During a recent episode of The Voice the “Miss Independent” singer reveled her secret to parenting.

Kelly Clarkson Weighed In On Spanking, And Kicked Off A Huge Debate

As if raising your kids wasn’t enough, celebrities have to look after their children and make the right choices in front of all their fans.

That can lead to a lot of mommy-shaming over some pretty innocent choices, and some stars have taken to social media asking their fans to think before they criticize other moms online.

Pink was criticized by other parents after sharing a photo of herself cooking with her children.Pink / Instagram

But Kelly Clarkson really kicked the hornet’s nest this week when she weighed in on one of parenting’s most controversial subjects: spanking.

In the past, the “Since You’ve Been Gone” singer has taken flack from her social media followers for just about everything. Even feeding her daughter River Rose a Nutella sandwich drew accusations of “child abuse” from angry moms.

Clarkson doesn’t mince words about spanking in her new interview.Kelly Clarkson / Facebook

But spanking is one of America’s biggest hot button topics. While many parents still swear by spanking to get rowdy kids in line, studies have demonstrated that it’s not effective, and can even permanently increase a child’s anti-social tendencies.

In a new interview with Radio.com, Clarkson reveals she’s definitely pro-spanking, and her comments about disciplining her children have everyone talking.

Kelly Clarkson Gives Us A Glimpse Into Her Marriage And Talks Life As A Mom

Becoming a parent definitely changes the dynamic you have with your spouse. You have less time alone together, you can’t leave the house whenever you feel like it and you are a lot more tired then you were in the past.

Jumping into the passenger’s seat of James Corden’s SUV, Kelly Clarkson belted out some of her classics including “Stronger,” “Since U Been Gone,” and “Love So Soft,” before the conversation took a more serious turn.

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During her appearance on Carpool Karoke with James Corden, Clarkson opened up about her trying to carve out time to be with her husband, Brandon Blackstock.  

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The 35-year-old singer and her husband, Blackstock who acts as her manager, have two children together; three-year-old River Rose and 1-year-old Remington. The couple got married in October 2013 during a romantic ceremony in the hills of Tennessee.

“I think it’s difficult because obviously I work a lot, and I’m a mom,” Clarkson explained. “But we try.”

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Corden, who is a father of two, had something else up his sleeve.

Kelly Clarkson Nails Why We Shouldn’t Automatically Praise People For Losing Weight

Often people in our society equate weight loss with happiness, so when someone asks, “have you lost weight?” it’s the ultimate compliment. Rarely do people stop to consider that maybe someone’s weight loss may have not been intentional, or could be a sign that something is troubling them in their life.

Kelly Clarkson has become known for telling it like it is, regardless of what people think. This no nonsense approach is a refreshing change from Hollywood celebrities that are constantly concerned about facing criticism for their opinions.

In a recent interview with Redbook, the singer admitted that she is in fact not at her happiest when she is “skinny.”

“For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well,” she stated.

The 33-year-old former American Idol winner has always been faced with shaming comments about her body image that are disguised as concerns for “her health,” but she is not afraid to call them out. “No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics,” she said.

“I never wanted to draw attention, “she says. “But for 15 years of my life, no matter if I’m really thin or really not, [weight was] always a talk of discussion. Even when I was on Idol it was a discussion.”

Kelly Clarkson Reveals She Was Contemplating Suicide At The Height Of Her Fame

It’s no secret that Hollywood favors certain body shapes and sizes over others, and sometimes, no matter how much talent one has, body image seems to play a more important role, just ask Kelly Clarkson.

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The singer and first ever American Idol winner has been known to shut down body-shamers for commenting on her appearance. Just this past Fourth of July, she was forced to reply to a tweet calling her fat because she understood how a mean comment like that “might impact other people,” especially her young fans who may not have skin as thick as she does.

“I need you to know words are powerful and have weight and gravity to them. So that’s why I do it — but I also love being a smart ass,” explained Clarkson in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

However, she wasn’t always as tough as she is now.

Clarkson struggled with self-image issues throughout her career. When she first broke into the scene, she was urged by some of the industry’s decision makers to stay as skinny as possible, and although she tried to keep up, it took a huge toll on her physical and mental health.

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The 35-year-old pop star revealed in an interview with Attitude magazine that at one point she went through an extremely dark period during which she contemplated suicide.