Kelly Clarkson opens up on 'weight loss drug' after dramatic transformation

Kelly Clarkson on her TV show
Kelly Clarkson opened up on her dramatic weight loss this week -Credit:2024 NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Getty

Following her impressive three stone weight loss, singer Kelly Clarkson has addressed speculation she used Ozempic. The star's dramatic transformation raised questions among fans about whether she used medication to shed the pounds.

Clarkson, who gained celebrity status after winning American Idol in 2002, recently attracted attention for her slimmed down figure. Fans speculated if she used semaglutide injections such as Ozempic to lose weight.

Ozempic is a prescription drug used to manage type 2 diabetes and obesity in adult patients, alongside improved diet and regular exercise. The medicine works by lowering blood glucose levels as it promotes insulin production by the pancreas.

A side effect of Ozempic can be weight loss, with users often experiencing an average reduction of around 15 per cent of their body weight. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), however, clarified that while Ozempic isn't designed for weight loss, "it is commonly used off-label for that purpose".

In response to these rumours, the famed television presenter and vocalist denied using Ozempic but admitted to using another form of medication to aid her weight loss, as reported by Wales Online.

During a chat with actress Whoopi Goldberg on her show on Monday (May 13), the mother-of-two revealed she was prescribed a 'weight loss' medication following a blood test. Although she did not disclose the exact drug she used, she did deny using Ozempic.

At the beginning of their chat, the songstress remarked: "Every time I run into you you look younger.. You're like Benjamin Button."

Whoopi Goldberg responded with a chuckle: "First of all it's all the weight I've lost. I've lost almost two people." Clarkson chimed in: "I have lost a lot as well."

The acclaimed actor shared: "I'm doing that wonderful shot that works for folks who need some help and it's been really good for me."

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Clarkson opened up: "Mine is a different one than people assume, but I ended up having to do that too because my blood got so bad. My doctor chased me for like two years and I was like, 'no I'm afraid of it, I already have thyroid problems'."

"I was afraid and everybody thinks it's Ozempic, it's not, it's something else. But it's something that aids in helping break down the sugar as obviously my body doesn't do it right."

She then disclosed that her weight once tipped the scales at 203 pounds - a hefty 14.5 stone.

Goldberg has also seen significant weight loss success and recently confessed she had turned to a weight loss medication after reaching 300lbs at her heaviest. Back in March, the Sister Act legend, aged 68, divulged that she had taken the much-talked-about weight loss drug Mounjaro during the filming of the movie Till in 2021.

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