Kelly Clarkson Talks About Mouth Herpes, David Hodges

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The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, gives a very candid and hilarious interview in the August 2007 issue of Blender.

In it, she speaks on how infrequently she kisses (let's just say this is no Katie Rees) - and how much she wishes she had never swapped spit with David Hodges:

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On what she does in her free time: "You know, I never go out. If I'm in L.A., I'm usually at my house playing Guitar Hero."

On her lying music label, BMG: "Everyone keeps saying how hard this record because be because of all the crap surrounding it, but that last one was really hard to make. I literally got told to my face that it wouldn't sell more than 600,000 copies. And I got lied to. One reason I don't like working with people at the label is that they like. They told me, ‘We really want you to got Sweden. These people really want to write with you.'

So I flew to Sweden with lyrics I'd written to this track I'd been send, ‘Since U Been Gone.' I get there, and the writers are like, ‘Oh, we already have lyrics. We just want you to sing it.' It was really awkward. It was mean. That's why there's no relationship with them. Because I don't like to be lied to.

On ex-boyfriend David Hodges, former Evanescence keyboardist: "I didn't even really like the guy. I'm more mad at myself for being so blind. Why would I pick someone like him to date? What's wrong with me? … It's fine in the end. Maybe I had to go through that and learn more about myself. Maybe that's why I don't date much, either."

* The Hollywood Gossip note: One of these days, Brittany Murphy will have similar revelations about Simon Monjack. She just has to.

Kelly Clarkson and David Hodges are no longer dating. It's definitely his loss.

On how many boys she's made out with: "Four? No, wait. Oh my God, five! I have major trust issues. [laughs] I just don't make out with people. That's a waste of my kisses and time. And it's so personal. It's like, my face. Plus, I'm afraid of mouth herpes."

* The Hollywood Gossip note: We hope Britney Spears' new mystery man is paying close attention. Be careful, dude.

On her face-to-face meeting with music exec Clive Davis: "It was nice. IT was just the two of us, and his dog. I was like, I don't know you very well, and I am not a bulls******. I get you don't like the album. You're 80; you're not supposed to like my album. I said, ‘Clive, I'm going to make tons of albums. It doesn't have to be mainstream every time. Then he kept bringing up people he's worked with. ‘You're a Whitney! You're a [Mariah Carey]!' ‘First of all, Mariah writes a lot of her stuff. Secondly, I dont' want a career like either of those singers. That's why it's hard for us to make an album. You don't know me! You don't know what I like, and you don't know what my fans like."

The Hollywood Gossip staff loves Kelly Clarkson. Talk about keeping it real! Between her honestly and the almost nude Katharine McPhee pictures in Stuff magazine, it's been a solid week of celebrity gossip in the Idol world.

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cc - yes, she wrote it when it happened, but releasing it as a lead single makes it seem like she hasn't gotten over him. Especially when there are other songs that are probably about him on My December and Breakaway (Behind These Hazel Eyes and Chivas are the ones I know are about David.) I agree with Billy, she needs to get over it. No, Kelly, if you keep on making albums like My December you won't be making "tons" of albums. You will get dropped from your contract and be waiting tables again.

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billy, it's not like kelly wrote the song really recently. My December had been done for MONTHS before it was released, and she started writing for it during one of her tours for Breakaway...

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actually, i heard (from a very reliable source) that david broke up with kelly, then got back together with his ex. tough deal, but that is dating. she is STILL singing about it four years later with "never again." we all love you kelly, but seriously... get over it.

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Good for Kelly. I'm glad she stuck up to Clive. She can sing like Mariah and Whitney, but it doesn't mean she HAS to on every album.