Why "Snob" Kelly Clarkson Allowed One Direction to Record Song

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Not everyone knows that one of the songs on One Direction's #1 debut album, "Tell Me a Lie," was written by Kelly Clarkson. Now, Kelly tells the U.K. paper The Daily Star how she got over being a "writer's snob" and allowed the British boy band to record it.

"Giving away my songs is not something I do lightly," explains Kelly. "I'm very particular about that because my songs are like my babies….I'm such a writer's snob. People have asked for songs and I'm like: 'I can't stand their voice, they're not singing my song.'"

But when Kelly's old pal Simon Cowell, the guy who's helping drive One Direction's career, came to her and asked her for a song, Kelly says she was willing to consider the idea.

"Let me hear them first," Kelly says she told Simon. She must've liked what she heard, because she then handed over the song. "I like the story of them, how they came together as a group," she said. "One Direction have worked so well in America as well as the U.K., because people love a story, plus, they have this innocence about them that attracts people."

Kelly also admits she wasn't planning to record the song herself anyway, because it didn't fit in with the rest of the material on her current album. Now, she's laughing all the way to the bank.