We watched Kelly Clarkson’s emotional journey from America’s sweetheart to American Idol after she was crowned the inaugural champion on the show of the same name back in 2002. No longer the girl from small-town Burleson, Texas, Kelly has risen to global pop star status, is the proud holder of three GRAMMY Awards and mother to two adorable cherubs whom she brought into this world with hubby Brandon Blackstock.

Even though she's been under the spotlight for over 14 years now, there's still so much we don't know about the powerhouse singer. With that being said, we're commemorating the singer's 34th birthday today (April 24) with some facts you might not know about our American Idol. Can you believe Kelly considered a career in marine biology before trying out for American Idol?!

Check out our gallery below for more little-known Kelly Clarkson facts.

25 Things You Didn't Know About Kelly Clarkson

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