Kelly Clarkson Forced to Defend Her Curvy Figure

Kelly Clarkson has spoken up against the criticism about her appearance this week ahead of her 30th birthday.

The singer said, "Everyone's like, 'You're a pop star, you should be smaller.' But I'm the pop star, and I'll make the rules, and I'm rocking with this body right now, I love it."

Speaking to People magazine, she added, "I have no desire to be Madonna or Britney," furthered the "American Idol" winner.

"I don't want to be the biggest star in the world," said Clarkson, who still lives in her hometown of Burleson, Texas.

The star will turn 30 this spring and has long battled the media's focus on her weight. In a past interview, she revealed the issue does not bother her.

"When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't,'" Clarkson said in a 2010 interview.

"My happy weight changes, sometimes I eat more; sometimes I play more. I'll be different sizes all the times.

The singer's healthy mentality is a result of combining her cravings with healthy foods.

"I love healthy stuff and junk in an equal amount," she explained. "Whatever I’m craving, I go for it. I'm never trying to lose weight - or gain it. I'm just being."

Clarkson appeared on FOX's "American Idol" in 2002 and became the first winner on the famed reality television series.

She first gained prominence after winning the show with her hit single, "A Moment Like This," and has since won two Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and a Women's World Award.

In addition to a successful career in music, recently Clarkson has gotten involved in political issues. The Republican announced her support for the party's candidate for president, Ron Paul, creating a firestorm of reactions.

"I love Ron Paul," Clarkson wrote on her Twitter account. "I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t."

Following her post, Clarkson was met with both outrage and praise from her fans. In response to the feedback, Clarkson defended her endorsement.

"I am really sorry if I have offended anyone…," wrote Clarkson who noted that she simply wanted to say Paul was her favorite candidate.