Kelly Clarkson has returned to the top of the charts with her hit new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and according to the singer, her hit is not about someone she has been in love with and despite persistent rumors – it’s not about another girl.
When Max Martin and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, the team behind her monster hit " Since U Been Gone,” gave Kelly an early version of the new song, she was drawn to it, but wanted to take it in a different direction.
“They sent me the song, but it was kind of a different take on the message. I said, ‘I love the beat, I love the song, but I’d rather it be something I would really say, and I’ll sell it better if it is something I would relate to,’” Kelly told PopEater.com in a recent interview. “They kind of rewrote the message around this tough take on a sweet relationship. It’s saying, ‘We’re horrible for each other, but at the same time I don’t want anyone else.’”
Surely a song as powerful as “My Life Would Suck Without You,” must be about someone the singer has been in love with? Not according to Kelly.
“No, no, it hasn’t,” Kelly explained. “I get asked about that and I’m like, ‘Is that odd?’ I’m only 26 years old. Everyone’s like, ‘Well, it’s weird that you’ve never been in love,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, maybe y’all just fall in love too quickly. Have you ever thought about that?’ I’d rather have quality than quantity.”
And what are those qualities she’s looking for in a relationship?
“Someone that has their own life because this is a very hard industry,” she said. “When I’m dating someone, it’s almost like I’m handing them this load that they have to bear — they have to like read stuff that maybe isn’t so pleasant about me.”
And, for the record, Kelly is not looking to date a woman.
“People are like, ‘Are you secretly a lesbian? Because I’d really love it.’ Lesbians tell it to me all the time,” Kelly said when asked about the longstanding rumor that she’s gay. “I’m like, ‘I’m glad it works for you and I wish I liked women like that because oftentimes men are very hard for me, but I happen to like boys.’”
Despite the hopes of many of her fans, she said when it comes to a relationships she could not date a woman, but that diversity is a big part of her everyday life.
“I could never be a lesbian. I would never want to date [someone like] myself, ever. I’m a crazy person. I need some kind of stable, quiet man,” Kelly continued. “I don’t really care if you’re black, white, yellow, gay, straight, crazy, whatever. As long as you’re cool and you like the music, and you’re coming out to have a good time at the shows, I don’t really care. I have everything I just said in my family, so I’m just used to being surrounded by that. I just don’t know any different.”
She felt the same when her fellow “Idol” alum, Clay Aiken, came out to her.
“I was actually on vacation when I found out. He called and he just said, ‘You’ll probably get a lot of calls about this, but I just wanted to give you a heads up,’” she recalled. “I honestly don’t care if he is gay or isn’t gay, and I don’t care if he tells people or doesn’t tell people. I’m not friends with him for either of those reasons. If I’m a fan of an artist, I don’t really care if you’re gay or not gay, as long as you’re making cool music.”
Kelly said she’s enjoying the new season of “Idol,” especially new judge Kara DioGuardi.
”[She] is one of my friends. So I watch it to see her. Kara’s very opinionated and blunt. She’s such a kick-ass vocalist and writer. I thought it was kinda cool that they brought her on to freshen up the show,” Kelly said.
The 26-year-old, who was the first to be crowned “Idol” champ, said a lot has changed in eight seasons of the FOX reality competition.
“My show — we were the first ones. We were just a completely different group of people. We didn’t know if the show was gonna be a serious joke that was not successful, or if anything was gonna come out of it at the end,” she explained. “Even when I won, I still didn’t know. Now, every season knows what is possible — they’ve seen it.”
“They’re a little more hard-core because they just want it so bad,” she said of the crop of singing hopefuls. “We didn’t have that advantage, so we were like, ‘We’ll probably get laughed at at home, but whatever. It’s funny, and I get to sing.’”
“We were very much a bunch of dorks that happened to make it on a TV show,” Kelly added.
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