Sorry, girls, Kelly Clarkson is taken. The same can be said to guys as well, but Clarkson has been plagued with rumors that she is gay her entire career. Being single for an extended period of time sort of invites it from the rumor-mongering tabloids, it seems. But the 30-year-old pop singer set the record aright in this month's Cosmopolitan (February edition), noting that at least in the battle of the sexes over her affections, the hotties have tended to be women.
"I get hit on by [guys and girls]," Clarkson tells the popular magazine. "But usually the guys who hit on me are tools. It's the ones that don't hit on you that make you like, 'Why didn't you ask me out?' It's like American Idol auditions: The guys who are the most confident are the horrible ones, and the ones who are good have no confidence at all."
(Psychology 101: The guys with all the confidence are "tools" because all their bluster and b.s. is a facade erected to overcompensate for their actual lack of confidence and/or self respect.)
So with all those "tools" hitting on her, what's a girl to do? Being single for six years prompted speculative pieces that Clarkson kept her distance from men because she, well... liked women a little better.
The first-ever "American Idol" winner admits that she does a lot better with the female candidates.
"I get hit on by the hottest girls ever," she says. "Oh, my God, if I were a lesbian, I would be so in luck. But it's just not my thing. I've always batted for the boys' team."
To repeat: Sorry, girls...
But the Texas singer is only hitting with one guy now, having become engaged to Brandon Blackstock, the 35-year-old son of Reba McEntire's husband and manager, Narvel (making him Reba's step-son). The two met in 2011 and have dated for approximately a year. They became engaged last month, according to the singer herself, who posted the news on her Twitter account. She quickly followed up with a posting of a photo of the ring.
To repeat: Sorry, guys (tool and non-tools alike)...
And what does she think of all those rumors that remained in circulation since she won the first season of "Idol?"
"People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long,'" she explains to Cosmopolitan. "That's kind of an insult to the gay community. Being single doesn't mean you're gay. But I'm never insulted by it, obviously.'"
Kelly Clarkson was busy in 2012, touring for three-quarters of the year, promoting her 2011 Stronger album (that just crossed the million sales threshold), then her first Greatest Hits: Chapter One album, which was released in November. She also appeared on ABC's "Duets," a singing competition reality show and numerous awards shows and specials. But a decade after winning "Idol," she remains a steady example of the show's ability to generate superstars in the music industry and already has her next album recorded. Somewhere in the touring, the appearances, and the promoting of new music, she'll undoubtedly make time for a wedding.