Down-to-earth American Idol victor and Grammy-winning pop star Kelly Clarkson got in touch with her Texan roots and covered the August issue of Lucky in a southwestern-style belt and faded jeans. The breezy singer doesn't have many rules, but shares one of her big ones with Lucky writer Sarah Miller.
“When people complain about living in Los Angeles, I’m, like, 'Why do you?'” she says, then reveals she chooses to live in a condo in Nashville. "Even though I’m a pop singer, I really have more the life of a country singer. People act like there’s this one set of rules to follow to be a pop star, and, I think, 'Well, you say I’m a pop star, so maybe that’s not true.'”
She's dating none other than Reba McEntire's stepson, Brandon Blackstock, and chose to spend her 30th birthday doing something straight out of a country song. “We went turkey shooting. It’s what I wanted to do, so we went," she said.
Kelly's new show, Duets, is not too unlike the singing competition that put her on the map. Kelly and co-stars Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles and John Legend scour the country for up-and-coming talent to duet with them. The winner gets a recording contract, naturally.
It's here that she gets to meld her former Idol self with Simon Cowell, as she not only sings but instructs and scolds her duet partner. Or she may give valuable advice.
“Last week, one of the Duets contestants was crying. She said, ‘I gave everything up to come here, and I’m scared.’" Kelly told the magazine. "I thought back to Idol and how I didn’t know much except that I was scared, and that I had nothing left to lose. I told her, ‘That fear? It’s your power in this situation. Use it, because it’s your fire.’”
Duets airs on Thursdays on ABC at 9:30 p.m. ET.