Kellie Pickler is one of the sweetest, most beloved stars in the country music industry. The “Red High Heels” singer rose to fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Even though she didn’t win (she placed sixth overall), she landed a record deal shortly after and her career took off. She’s now released four studio albums, landed her own reality TV series, I Love Kellie Pickler, and has a new talk show premiering in September 2017! In honor of all her success, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Kellie Pickler!
10. Raised by her Grandparents
Kellie Pickler had a very non-traditional childhood. She was born and raised in North Carolina by her grandparents because her mother, Cynthia Morton, was only 18 when she had Kellie and suffered from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Cynthia left Kellie when she was only 2-years-old and did return at one point and took over custody, but was mentally and physically abusive to Kellie, so eventually the court returned her to the care of her grandparents who raised her into adulthood while Kellie’s father, Bo, was in and out of jail.
9. Athletic Kid
As a high school student, Kellie participated in all kinds of extra circulars. She entered beauty pageants, was a cheerleader and did gymnastics and dance! “I used to do gymnastics and dance. I consider those sports because you train for them. They train just as hard as you would for football. I would have loved to have been able to play football in high school because that’s my favorite sport. I love football,” said Pickler. She graduated North Stanly High School in 2004. In 2013 her athleticism paid off as it helped her win the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars!
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