October 25th, 2011
02:33 PM ET
The prime example of this, the 29-year-old original "Idol" told USA Today, is how she's survived her own career.
"There have been times when I've literally been like, 'Not worth the sacrifice, time away from family, time away from friends,'" she said. And her hectic schedule hasn't been any kinder to her love life.
"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!"
"I've never been in love," she added. "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." (It turns out the last time she's had her heart broken was about a year ago, and that was in relation to work, as she told The Daily Beast.)
She has, however, found the formula for an "older-better-tougher-smarter album," according to Entertainment Weekly's "Stronger" review.
"(Clarkson) pulls off the down-tempo 'Mr. Know It All' - because you're never too old for a good wag-your-finger-at-the-boys song," the review states.
"Miss Independent" is happy with the finished product, as well.
"Sonically, it's my best sounding album," she says. "A lot of people in pop will compress the hell out of your vocals. People get a formula because a lot of times in pop, that's the sound, and so they just stick that formula on every vocalist. But there are vocalists like Adele or Pink or me or Christina, there are vocalists that don't want that."
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