Kelly Clarkson appears on the cover of Elle this month, and in the accompanying profile, the writer describes her preparing to “seduce the press with her unmitigated honesty.” She definitely seduces the rest of us, too, as she’s grounded and incredibly likable for someone who’s an international star.
“I could give a crap about being a star. I’ve always just wanted to sing and write,” Kelly said. “My resistance upsets a lot of people, because we could make a lot of money. And I’m not hatin’ on money. But you know in Funny Girl, when they make Barbra Streisand sing the ‘beautiful girl’ song, and she is singing these lyrics, and she knows she’s not that person? I’m just not comfortable doing things that don’t feel like me.”
What did not feel like her was promoting her new record on American Idol‘s Idol Gives Back event. “My label wanted me to sing ‘Never Again.’ And I was like, To promote yourself on a charity event is beyond crass. People are starving and dying and I’m up there singing some bitter pop song? And believe me, everyone wanted me to sing it. Because they are jaded and they have no soul. Imagine sitting in a room full of people totally against you. Can’t they hear themselves speaking? Capitalize on AIDS? Are you kidding? Insulting an entire nation of people? I just refused.”
Meanwhile, Kelly fired her management, although each party has kind words for the other. As to her new album, Kelly admits it’s a risk. “If I were to make Breakaway II, I would have failed myself. I don’t mind sucking, as long as it is my decision,” she said. “I have literally been told one of the reasons this record took so long to come together is because I am a girl. This is 2007! We aren’t in the ’50s anymore. Wake up and smell the Folgers.”