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Kelly Clarkson stands up to ‘Most-Hated Woman in Britain'

Kelly Clarkson in a promotional shot for her new album Piece by Piece, taken March 4 at the Sony Club in New York.
Kelly Clarkson in a promotional shot for her new album Piece by Piece, taken March 4 at the Sony Club in New York. Invision/AP

With a new album out and the announcement of a new tour, Burleson-bred Kelly Clarkson has been all over the place lately — on the cover of People, on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, on Good Morning America, on CBS Sunday Morning, probably on some places we missed.

As part of the publicity blitz, Clarkson appeared on the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show in an episode that aired Feb. 20 in the U.K. and aired in the U.S. on Feb. 28 on BBC America.

When the British version aired, British TV personality Katie Hopkins, known as “The Most-Hated Woman in Britain,” took a social-media shot at Clarkson’s appearance, E! Online reports.

Although a good deal of Hopkins’ followers agreed with her, Hopkins took a lot of heat from Clarkson’s fans (the singer gave birth to River Rose in June 2014). Hopkins then tweeted this:

Hopkins has 513,000 followers on Twitter. Clarkson is not one of them. Heat magazine (which refers to Hopkins as “ol’ contentious foghorn) told her about the tweets. Clarkson’s immediate response:

"I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Someone tweeted something about me?" After Heat explained things, Clarkson then said, “ That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."

"I've just never cared what people think," Clarkson told Heat. "It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don't seek out any other acceptance."

Clarkson has more than 10 million followers on Twitter, by the way. Hopkins, a columnist for the British tab The Sun, appears to have a thing about weight: Her Twitter bio says, “Gained & lost 3.5 stones [close to 50 pounds] to prove fat people are lazy: #fatandback.” She also said that made her sympathetic to overweight people (well, that’s not the phrase she used). The sympathy doesn’t appear to have lasted that long.

Here’s a clip from the Graham Norton appearance that started all the fuss.