ABC News’ Suzanne Yeo and Bethany Owings report:
Kelly Clarkson is famous for belting out emotion-filled songs about love, but the pop star says she’d never been in love until she met her now-fiance.
Speaking in an interview with People magazine that will appear in the Friday issue, Clarkson talked about her romance with Brandon Blackstock, her music manager.
“I never really thought I’d get married, so it’s kind of cool that I fell in love and I’m getting married,” Clarkson, 30, told People. “It’s kind of a lot to plan though. I’m going to be honest with you. Whoo!”
The two first met seven years ago, but Blackstock was married at that time. They reconnected at last year’s Super Bowl and have been together ever since.
Clarkson talked to People about the bad relationships she and her friends have been in. Part of the problem, she said, was that she was dating someone with “skinny jeans” when she needed someone with “Wranglers.”
Clarkson embarked on a meteoric rise to stardom when she won the first season of “American Idol” in 2002.
The “Miss Independent” singer said she and Blackstock plan to have a “very earthy” wedding at their Nashville home in the fall.
Clarkson won’t have a bridal party. She plans to walk barefoot down the aisle with Blackstock’s daughter and the menu for the celebration will include turkey and gravy.
Blackstock designed the canary yellow engagement ring that bears the couple’s initials, and while Clarkson wouldn’t disclose the designer of her wedding dress, she described the garment as being “is my personality in a dress. It’s sweetly damaged. A little rock and roll. A little tattered,” she said.
Clarkson has started the year on a high. She wowed spectators and viewers with her rendition of “My County ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration last month, and she is nominated for three Grammy awards.
She’s also finishing two albums and gearing up for a summer tour.
Julie Dam, People’s assistant managing editor, told “GMA” that Clarkson was “much more confident” now that she was in love and engaged.