Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Voice’ Team Praises Her For Powering Through Appendicitis

Jill O'Rourke
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As you’ve probably heard by now, Voice coach Kelly Clarkson had her appendix removed last week. The surgery happened right after she hosted the Billboard Music Awards, meaning she was powering through the pain during the show — and for days before that.


Kelly’s fans obviously thought she was amazing for getting on with the show despite her condition. Now her Voice team members Jej Vinson and Rod Stokes are sharing their own praise, telling People that they didn’t even know she was ill.

Jej Vinson and Rod Stokes Praise Their Coach

“She never showed any signs of hurting or anything,” Rod said after Monday’s show. “She took care of business.” Jej added, “She didn’t even make it known to us that she had that condition. I just have so much respect for her for being able to work just as hard.”

Not only did Kelly show up for work last week, but she also returned to the coach’s chair for Monday night’s show, just days after surgery. Rod said he would have been in bed “hollering and screaming like a little baby,” while Jej added that it “shows her professionalism.”


Recovery Hasn’t Been Easy For Kelly

Kelly tweeted an update on her surgery recovery on Sunday. She said it “super duper sucks,” explaining she’s too “bored” to rest and isn’t getting on well with the pain medication. “I question if I’d just rather feel the pain instead, & 2 out of the 3 scars feel as if Lord Voldemort is always near,” she joked.

As for everyone praising her, Kelly told Entertainment Tonight that there are others who deserve it more. She said she’s performed with a friend who is “fighting cancer,” adding, “It feels just silly people saying like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe she did this.’ And I’m like, I have friends that are going through much worse scenarios and, like, doing it on the daily.”

Don’t Try This At Home

Even Kelly admitted that it may have been “kinda stupid” of her to keep working through appendicitis. However, she did speak to her doctor beforehand. “I probably shouldn’t have, but I did ask my doctor and we had things going on in case it ruptured or whatever, so I asked,” she told ET. “It wasn’t just like, ‘I can do it!’ Like, I wasn’t an idiot about it. But I probably wouldn’t do it again.”


We’re glad everything went well, and would like to join #TeamKelly in showing mad respect for how she’s handled everything.

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