Katharine McPhee talks about “barfing all night long,” how she just wants “a baby on [her] arm”

While her fellow American Idol 5 finalist has to do damage control as the result of an interview, Katharine McPhee is also doing less-than-flattering press. But she comes off as humble and real, rather than an ingrate.

In an interview with Blender, Katharine says, while touring can be tiring, “the good outweighs the bad. Even if I think to myself, ‘Oh, man, I gotta sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ again?’ I see the little faces smiling at me and they’re all excited, so it becomes new to me.”

While that’s very sweet, she also shows that she’s human. Some “non-fans” may think she’s “overly confident or stuck-up” or “a snob,” Katharine says, “because during Idol I would talk back to the judges. Trust me, I could’ve said a lot worse things.” She also says she’s “a big flirt. It doesn’t get me into trouble — well, maybe it does sometimes. But yeah, I just love men.”

When asked about the last time she vomited, Katherine says, “I don’t think people want to read that. [Laughs] I’m supposed to be the sweet all-American girl from American Idol.” But she relents and explains that she visited a friend and drank a bunch of wine, and says, “I remember barfing all night long. I would wake up and I would already have barfed, and I didn’t even know I was barfing. And to top it off, everything was just bright purple. Like, the pad Thai noodles were purple.”

That isn’t how she spends her life, though. In fact, Katharine says her ambitions are a lot more typical. “I’m young and I have this real wild spirit, I wanna run around and be free and have this boyfriend and that boyfriend,” she said. “But when it all comes down to it, I really just want that foundation and that peace, and a baby on my arm.”

Who Does Katharine McPhee Think She Is? [Blender]

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