Kelly Clarkson Gets Emotional After Revealing Daughter River Gets Bullied For Dyslexia

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Kelly Clarkson is on television every day thanks to her Emmy Award-winning talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show. She conducts hundreds of celebrity guest interviews and every so often, she gets moved to tears by them. This is one of those times.

Clarkson’s April 18th episode featured TV legend Henry Winkler, actress Melissa Barreram, reporter Kay Adams, and country singer Jackson Dean.

While Clarkson had the former Happy Days star on the couch with her, they bonded over Winkler’s openness about having dyslexia. The actor has been open for many, many years about dyslexia, saying that his performance as “the Fonz” on Happy Days was affected because while he could memorize the lines, he couldn’t read them at the table reads every Monday morning.

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Despite his diagnosis, Winkler became a writer and has over 30 children’s book titles to his name, including a series that has a dyslexic hero. See a list of his titles here. Not only that, he is currently penning an autobiography.

It was incredible timing that Winkler was on Clarkson’s show, because as she revealed for the first time that River has dyslexia and it has recently come to a head at school. The talk show host revealed to Winkler that her daughter has started to be bullied at school for not being able to read at the same speed as the rest of her second grade class.

Clarkson told him that just two days prior, the second grade class learned about celebrities who are dyslexic, including Winkler, Captain America‘s Anthony Mackie, Shazam‘s Zachary Levi, and more.

Winkler revealed to Clarkson that 1 in 5 kids have a learning disability, and how common it truly is, which she did not know. She thanked Winkler for empowering her daughter.

“She’s part of the tribe,” Winkler said, before looking straight into the camera to give River a message: “River! How you learn has nothing to do with how brilliant you are.”

Clarkson’s face immediately became emotional and said, “That was so nice.”

Watch the incredible moment below.

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