Now that Kelly Clarkson has married into a country family, it should come as no surprise that she prefers country stars to her pop peers.
“It is funny, I do relate way more to country stars,” Clarkson told the latest issue of TIME. “Sometimes I’m at a pop event, and I love all the artists there, but—I don’t know if my personality’s just different; I’m super open, and I’ll talk to anyone—but sometimes I feel everybody is too cool for school.”
Asked if folks are nicer in country music than pop, Clarkson said, “absolutely,” though she was quick to add, “I love pop music and the people in pop music.”
Good thing she feels that way, since Clarkson recently married into country royalty. Her husband, Brandon Blackstock, manages Blake Shelton and is the son of Narvel Blackstock, who’s married to and manages Reba McEntire. Narvel also manages Clarkson.
Clarkson admitted, “It is very incestuous,” but said it doesn’t “weird me out” that McEntire is her mother-in-law. “We’ve been friends for years…. She has seen me at my worst, my best, my awkward moments; she knows I say everything that’s in my head. She’s really been helpful in my career.”
Clarkson, who just released a Christmas album, has her sights set on more domestic things these days. The 31-year-old singer just made headlines saying that she would like to be pregnant by Christmas.
“I love that I’m being taken care of and I have a man that’s a leader,” she told TIME, adding that she wouldn’t exactly call herself a feminist.
“I’m not a feminist in that sense, but I’ve worked really hard since I was 19, when I first auditioned for ‘Idol,’” she said.