Forget that American Idol win, the records gone multiple times platinum and Greatest Hits — Chapter One collection, her duets with Reba McEntire and Vince Gill and music’s most esteemed; more than anything else her gargantuan voice has earned her, Kelly Clarkson admitted to us when we spoke with her in LA last week that she counts falling in love as her biggest accomplishment to date. “Prepare yourself,” she said, warning that things were about to get “really cheesy.” “My biggest accomplishment has nothing to do with my work, it’s finding love. I never thought it existed or was going to happen, I never thought I would be this happy,” she says. “The high from a Grammy does not compare, to even close, to how you feel when you’re in love. You float. I’m so cheesy. Sh*t.” All together now?
Kelly has been with her beau Brandon Blackstock, a Nashville based talent manager and McEntire’s stepson, for about eight months now, and she tells us that she has already written “tons of songs” about their relationship. “You’re inspired by it, obviously. I’ve never really written love songs like this, so it’s like kind of new for me, so it’s exciting,” she said, and our smile grew to match hers — we first feel in love with Kelly ten years ago now, and this new and love-fueled chapter can’t come soon enough. Bring on the cheese!