Not only is Carrie Underwood the most successful American Idol winner to come out of the reality singing competition, but she has become one of the most successful women in country music history. Unfortunately, there is often a great deal of criticism that comes along with such success. For Underwood, the criticism comes on a daily basis.
Since Underwood burst onto the country music scene in 2005 following her Idol win, the “Something In The Water” singer has been repeatedly criticized for being too vocal about her faith and for her stand on political issues. But, Underwood has always seemed to handle her haters with grace.
In 2013, Underwood infamously sent out a tweet in response to the onslaught of criticism she received following her portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in Sound of Music Live.
“Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus,” the singer tweeted the day after the live special. “They will be in my prayers tonight… 1 Peter 2:1-25.”
Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight… 1 Peter 2:1-25
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 7, 2013
So, how exactly does Carrie Underwood keep the negativity from getting the best of her? The singer credits American Idol for helping her develop “thick skin.” Prior to last week’s Idol grand finale, Underwood talked to ET about how the show helped her prepare for what was coming.
“I think more than anything the critiques were a learning process, because I’m criticized on a daily basis,” Underwood told ET. “It was kind of the beginning of learning what that was going to feel like and how to handle it and getting used it I guess — kind of creating a thick skin.”
It’s been more than a decade since American Idol first introduced us to Carrie Underwood, but any negativity hurled at the star has only seemed to fuel her passion. Keep up the good work, Carrie!
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