Texan Kelly Clarkson spanked on social media over spanking

Kelly Clarkson. (File)

(KWTX) Texas native Kelly Clarkson is taking some flack after telling an interviewer she spanks her 3-year-old daughter when the girl misbehaves.

The 35-year-old singer, songwriter, actress and author who jumped into the public spotlight as the winner of the first season of “American Idol” in 2002, says spanking the girl has been an effective deterrent.

She told the interviewer that she doesn’t hit the girl hard, but just gives her “a spanking.”

She says she warns the girl before spanking her.

Clarkson also has a 1-year-old named Remington.

Although a Gallup Poll in 2016 found that more than 60 percent of parents in the U.S. approve of spanking, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against physical punishment.