When quizzed by Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw about who'd be appearing on upcoming seventh studio record, set to drop March 2, the original American Idol admitted that she "honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no."
If you, like any sane person, imagined that other artists would be falling over themselves to work with one of the most successful female recording artists of the last decade and a half, who's sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, you'll be shocked by what else Clarkson had to say:
"I'm not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people who I'm not going to call out... Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy, they're like, if I get too close... I don't know."
Kelly did also reveal that she has high standards when it comes to who she approaches, adding:
"I got John Legend to say yes, so that's cool. I ask good people. I don't want to sing with crap people, so I ask people who are great vocalists, but I'm not going to point out anyone.
Which is a very mature attitude, but name and shame these class-A morons out, I say, let them be admonished for their shockingly poor judgement.
It seems hard to believe that someone would refuse to work with Kelly Clarkson, but that's the industry. You've always got to be working up, your next project has to be more sensational, more unexpected, more outrageous than the last, and maybe Kelly is just seen as a bit safe? It's a shame no one's calling the "Dark Side" belter back, but here's hoping she doesn't compromise those high standards - better to work with no one at all than people who aren't on your level.
What do you think? Would you work with Kelly Clarkson if she called you up?