Kelly Clarkson has admitted that her pop career has been an obstacle to her finding love.
Speaking to USA Today, the 2002 American Idol winner says it has been difficult to date since she got her break nine years ago, but she still thinks about marriage. Reflecting on her career, the 29-year-old says:
"There have been times when I've literally been like, 'Not worth the sacrifice, time away from family, time away from friends.' Obviously it's really hard to date when I'm on four different continents in a week. Even if I do meet a great guy, I ain't ever gonna see him. There's only so much you can do with Skype!"Er, indeed. And it's at this point that Clarkson 'fesses:
"I've never been in love. I've never experienced certain things, and I think that's because I have this side of me that is shut off. Because I haven't found anybody yet to open to that I feel like, 'OK, you're worth breaking down that wall for.' I've never found that."But watch out bachelors of the world, for Clarkson is still on the prowl for a husband. She tells USA Today that she's reserving marriage for her late-30s, because "statistically, if you wait that long, you're not going to get divorced."
Clarkson's fifth album, Stronger, hit stores yesterday, and has clocked up some respectable reviews - it's currently rated '68%' on Metacritic. The first single, 'Mr. Know It All,' was released on September 5th and reached number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.