Michelle Obama is not letting her kids’ tattoos stress her out.
The former first lady appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Showthis week, speaking with the American Idol alum about how she’s recently relaxed her stance on tattoos, as well as all forms of self-expression.
“We need to create a broader definition of who’s American, who counts, what beauty is,” Obama, who is mom to Malia, 24, and Sasha, 21, explained. “It only helps our kids. We don’t know who they’re going to become and we want to make sure there’s a space for them whoever they choose to be.”
She noted that forms of expression shouldn’t be “politicized” as they’ve been in the past.
“Most kids who are wearing tattoos and piercings, they’ve got long nails,” she shared. “Their value system is about individuality.”
The Becoming author acknowledged that while she was growing up, “tattoos meant something totally different.”
That’s why, she joked of her and Barack’s past responses to their daughters getting inked (which Sasha has reportedly done), “We used to threaten our kids that ‘if you get a tattoo, we’re going to get exactly the same kind and show it on TikTok or whatever.’ Take the cool all away … We’re going to make it so uncool, Barack is going to have a heart on his shoulder.”
Obama has long spoken about how she’s handling her daughters growing up. In a 2019 personal essay for Peoplereflecting on the lessons she’s learned about parenthood, the Higher Ground producer noted the importance of allowing her daughters to explore.
“I see now how important that kind of freedom is for all children, particularly for girls with flames of their own — flames the world might try to dim,” she wrote at the time. “It’s up to us, as mothers and mother figures, to give the girls in our lives the kind of support that keeps their flame lit and lifts up their voices — not necessarily with our own words, but by letting them find the words themselves.”
In an April interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Obama gushed over how her girls are growing into young women.
“They wouldn’t always be in that bubble of the White House, so they had to learn to make their beds, they had to learn how to drive, they had to learn how to be compassionate, independent, responsible people,” she said. “So that they entered the world as responsible, compassionate, capable people, and I think they are amazing young women because of that.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!