Sharing a last name has invited lots of speculation about the relationship between Kelly Clarkson and Jeremy Clarkson. There’s a 22 year age difference between the pair, but are the two actually related?
Kelly Clarkson and Jeremy Clarkson are not related by marriage or by blood. Kelly is an American singer-songwriter and TV personality, while Jeremy is an English author and TV personality. Although they share a last name, and aspects of their profession, these are the only connections between the two celebrities.
Read on to learn more about their individual fame and successes.
Who is Kelly Clarkson?
Born Kelly Brianne Clarkson, she’s an American singer and songwriter whose career was launched when she won the first season of American Idol in 2002.
Reflecting on the success of the American Idol series, judge Simon Cowell said to Kelly, “I actually, genuinely do not believe we would be sitting here today if you hadn’t entered the show that year. The whole premise of the show was, we had to find a star who was gonna sell records. We found some great people that whole year, but when you delivered that moment on that first live show, and you sang that winning song at the end”.
As ‘America’s sweetheart’, Kelly’s career went from strength to strength, her emotional power ballads elevating her to a position as one of the greats. She’s since released eight studio albums and has won three Grammy Awards, in addition to bringing her extensive experience to hit TV competition series ‘The Voice’, as a judge.
If her other achievements weren’t enough, in 2018 the star got her own talk show, ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’.
Speaking about her reasons for doing the show, Kelly said “I get to kinda incorporate all my favorite things. I do this charity event sometimes in Nashville called ‘Miracle on Broadway’ and it really highlights these amazing organizations. Then I love talking, so it was kind of like, wait, I actually like the marriage of all that”.
Who is Jeremy Clarkson?
Jeremy Clarkson is a markedly different sort of celebrity. He’s a popular, successful, and often controversial, author and motoring broadcaster, who won the GQ Car Awards Lifetime Achievement accolade in 2020.
He began his career as a writer and maintains that writing is his real passion: “The main joy I get from TV is writing something. In fact, it is the only real joy I get. For example, I wrote solidly yesterday from six in the morning till nine at night.” The journalist now writes weekly columns for a variety of British newspapers.
Whilst a young writer, in need of money, Jeremy had a chance conversation with Jon Bentley, a researcher for the long-running car series ‘Top Gear’, who said, “He was just what I was looking for – an enthusiastic motoring writer who could make cars on telly fun. He was opinionated and irreverent, rather than respectfully po-faced.”
Jeremy ended up co-presenting the show for a staggering 25 years, before forming his own production company and producing ‘The Grand Tour’ for Amazon Prime. The series has been credited for bringing an enormous number of subscribers to the platform.
When asked in an interview if being a celebrity bothers him, Clarkson replied, “It did when it first started. You used to be able to go abroad to get away from the selfie enthusiasts but now, wherever you go, everyone knows us.”
More Than a Name?
While it would be fun if there was a connection between the pop princess and the English car enthusiast, unfortunately sharing a last name is as far as this relationship goes.
Watch the YouTube video below to relive Kelly Clarkson’s inspiring American Idol journey.