Kelly Clarkson, who is engaged to her boyfriend, says she has never felt "insulted" by rumors that have said she is a lesbian and adds that both men and women, including "the hottest girls ever," flirt with her.
The 30-year-old Grammy winner and first winner of "American Idol" made her comments to Cosmopolitan magazine in an interview published in its February 2013 issue. Clarkson, who is known for angry breakup songs such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," has been the subject of gay rumors for years and has always denied them in press interviews.
When asked about "the lesbian thing," Clarkson told Cosmopolitan: "People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long.' 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. I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. 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."
Clarkson also said that both men and women flirt with her.
"Yeah, I get hit on by both," she told the 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."
Clarkson announced in mid-December that she is engaged to "the greatest man ever" -- Brandon Blackstock, a Nashville-based talent manager who is the son of the singer's manager, who is married to country star Reba McEntire.
"Six years I was single before this," Clarkson told Cosmopolitan. "I've never been truly loved like I am right now."
Clarkson had said on the ABC show "The View" in October 2011 that her breakup songs were a metaphor for business relationships and friendships in her life and that people may have questioned her sexuality because she had not "had a boyfriend in a while."
The singer, who grew up in Burleson, Texas, told the panelists: "I'm from a small town, so everyone's married with children or about to have children. It's a little hard when you go home and people are like -- and that's why people think I'm gay -- because they're like, 'Why aren't you married?' And I'm like, 'It doesn't happen for everyone right off the bat!'"
In September 2011, Clarkson told E! Online: "People keep saying I'm gay, and I'm not. I'm pretty sure I've never made out with a girl. It's just not helping me because I'm straight. No boy wants to hit on me because I make mean songs about them, and they think I'm gay."
In February 2009, the website PopEater published an interview with Clarkson, in which she was asked: "A large part of your fan base is gay, and there's a longstanding rumor that you are a lesbian. Is there any truth to that?"
"I get that all the time," she replied. "People are like, 'Are you secretly a lesbian? Because I'd really love it.' Lesbians tell it to me all the time. I'm like, 'I'm glad it works for you and I wish I liked women like that because oftentimes men are very hard for me, but I happen to like boys.'"
"I could never be a lesbian," the website quoted her as saying. "I would never want to date [someone like] myself, ever. I'm a crazy person. I need some kind of stable, quiet man. I don't really care if you're black, white, yellow, gay, straight, crazy, whatever. As long as you're cool and you like the music, and you're coming out to have a good time at the shows, I don't really care. I have everything I just said in my family, so I'm just used to being surrounded by that. I just don't know any different."