America was first introduced to Carrie Underwood back in 2004 when she auditioned for American Idol, going on to be crowned the champion at only 22-years-old. Over 12 years and seven Grammys later since her Season 4 win, the country powerhouse is one of the biggest names in the music industry at large.
Now, at age 34, Underwood is able to reflect back on the missteps of her past and share the advice she wishes she could tell her younger self as well as younger female artists. In a recent interview with Bustle, the Oklahoma-native opened up about her one major regret of how she handled her meteoric rise to fame.
“When I was younger I worried about what people thought about me,” she said. “I wish I could go back and tell my younger self what I know now — that trying to fit into someone else’s vision of you will never make you happy.”
Often when a young person is skyrocketed into fame at such a young age, they suffer from harsh unwarranted criticism from the public, even someone as lovely as Underwood. While the unfair words of the public may have affected her in the past, the singer doesn’t let them hurt her anymore.
“Now I focus on the goals I set for myself and try my best to do what’s right for me,” Carrie said, “When it comes to fitness, everyone has an opinion or comment. I just try to remember I am doing my best, and hopefully that resonates with people.”
Such powerful words from such an inspirational woman! Check out her and Keith Urban‘s dazzling CMT Awards performance of “The Fighter” below!