Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol in 2002 and has gone on to sell a million records and gain fans around the world for her down-to-earth personality and amazing vocals. Her newest album, Stronger, is already number two on iTunes and shows no signs of slowing down. Clarkson, who just performed on the UK's X Factor, seems to be enjoying all the fame, but admits that "celebrity is weird."
"I have no controversy," she tells USA Today. "You don't see me in rehab, or you don't see me coming out with my hey-haw showing. There's not much to report."
She did have one controversial point in her career when her song "Already Gone," sounded a little too close to Beyonce's song "Halo." One Republic's Ryan Tedder wrote both songs and Clarkson said she was "hurt" by it and confronted him about it.
"I think the thing that hurt me the most is that he just flat-out said, 'Oh, no, they're completely different.' And I'm like, 'Wow, well there's a bunch of mashups being played on the radio and on YouTube that would say otherwise. And millions of people are saying otherwise,'" she said. "What hurt the most is just being lied to. I would much rather you be like, 'Man, I got really excited and I guess what came out of me was kind of similar to what we did on "Already Gone." I'm really sorry.' That's all I was looking for, and I never got it. And it's just a bummer."
As far as her love life, Clarkson hasn't been romantically linked to anyone in quite a while -- and she admits that her career gets in the way of her love life. "Obviously it's really hard to date when I'm on four different continents in a week. Even if I do meet a great guy, I ain't ever gonna see him. There's only so much you can do with Skype!" she says.
Even if the right person does come along, she admits she might not be ready for it.
"I've never experienced certain things, and I think that's because I have this side of me that is shut off. Because I haven't found anybody yet to open to that I feel like, 'OK, you're worth breaking down that wall for.' I've never found that."
And as for marriage? The 29-year-old said she doesn't want to get married until she is in her late 30s "because statistically, if you wait that long, you're not going to get divorced," she says.