Kelly Clarkson says she "could never be a lesbian"

Tue Feb 3, 2009 3:49pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Kelly Clarkson, currently at the top of the U.S. pop charts, said on Tuesday she was not a lesbian but sometimes wished she was because "often times men are very hard for me."

Clarkson, the first and one of the most successful winners of TV talent show "American Idol", told AOL's pop culture news site,, that she was accustomed to being asked if she was secretly gay.

"Lesbians tell it to me all the time. I'm like, 'I'm glad it works for you and I wish I liked women like that because often times men are very hard for me, but I happen to like boys.'

"I could never be a lesbian. I would never want to date (someone like) myself, ever. I'm a crazy person. I need some kind of stable, quiet man," Clarkson, 26, said.

But the double Grammy winner, who has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide since winning "Idol" in 2002, said she had never been in love and defended herself against suggestions that this was odd.

"I recently got back from this European promo tour...and every interview kept focusing on that....I'm like 'Well, maybe ya'll just fall in love too quickly. Have you ever thought about that?'

"I was like 'I don't think its very odd. I'm 26 years-old,' and I just think I'd rather have quality than quantity," Clarkson said.

Clarkson said her singing career takes priority right now over dating, adding that she wanted a boyfriend with his own life who could handle celebrity gossip and the demands of the music industry.

Clarkson, whose previous hits include "Since U Been Gone", leapt to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the digital charts last week with her new single "My Life Would Suck Without You.". Her fourth album will be released on March 10.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Kelly Clarkson performs before the arrival of the Pope at the Papal Youth Rally at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York April 19, 2008. REUTERS/Erin Siegal</p>