Life is pretty sweet these days for Kelly Clarkson: she's looking good, has a new show (Duets) and a new boyfriend. The first American Idol graces the cover of Lucky magazine's first-ever music issue (hits newsstands Aug. 7), and opens up about the music industry, fashion and her man.
On her new boyfriend: "Oh, there's all these rumors that I'm a lesbian...I have a boyfriend now, Brandon Blackstock, my manager Narvel's son, Reba McEntire's stepson?"
On how she celebrated her 30th birthday: "I just had my 30th birthday and we went turkey shooting. It's what I wanted to do, so we went."
On why she's a fan of bandage dresses: "They're like built-in spanx."
On being a pop star: "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."
On the hardest thing about being in the music industry: "The hardest thing about being in this business is just being able to be yourself."
On her relationship with Reba McEntire: "I mean, I love her...but her stepson is my boyfriend."
On why she doesn't always feel like a pop star: "Even though I'm a pop singer, I really have more the life of a country singer."
On why she isn't the girl who takes forever to get dressed: "I put on the Hank Williams and the Patsy Cline and the Rosemary Clooney on vinyl - I'm not trying to be some cool indie - rock person, I just love the way it sounds - and throw on a t-shirt and jeans. In Texas, we practically come out of the womb in jeans."
On her low maintenance style: "I just blow-dry my hair and put on mascara and lip gloss, and I'm ready to go. I really don't get long nails. They're so Edward Scissorhands."
On acknowledging that she isn't super-fashionable: "I'm just a really normal girl."
On how she felt about winning Idol: "I was like, Just tell me what I have to do to win this."
On her advice to one of the Duets: "Last week, one of the Duets contestants was crying. She said, 'I gave everything up to come here, and I'm scared.' 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.'"