First it’s Shia LaBeouf dropping acid to research a film role, now we learn that the seemingly angelic, former American Idol singer and all-round top pop champion Kelly Clarkson was on mushrooms before she performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration. Oh, wait, what? Oh. Not THOSE kinds of mushrooms. Oh.

So, this isn’t quite the story we thought it was, it turns out that apparently, what Kelly Clarkson did do before the performance, was feast on a carb-heavy Italian meal at Buca Di Beppo in DC. Clarkson chowed down on stuffed mushrooms - the legal kind – with some friends. they also tucked into lasagne, bruschetta, spaghetti, meatballs and chicken parmigiana, according to TMZ and the bill came to a healthy $230. Not a bad way to spend your time before addressing the entire US nation (oh, and quite a lot of the rest of the world, as well), to sing ‘My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee.’

Kelly was “super-friendly” apparently and took time out to have her picture taken with some of the staff at the restaurant. She left in high spirits, it seems, before going on to perform at the inauguration. And in light of Beyonce’s lip-syncing scandal, which seems too big to be swept under any rug just yet, it’s worth mentioning that Kelly was singing live. Those mushrooms must be good for the vocal chords, huh? 

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