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Kelly Clarkson says both her personal defenses and her career have prevented her from having a full romantic life.
Access Hollywood
updated 10/25/2011 7:34:36 AM ET 2011-10-25T11:34:36

Kelly Clarkson has said her career as a superstar singer has gotten in the way of her romantic life.

“Obviously it’s really hard to date when I’m on four different continents in a week,” the powerhouse vocalist told USA Today. “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!”

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While she’s been the voice of many breakup songs — most famously “Since You’ve Been Gone” — she admitted she’s a little behind in the romance department.

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“I’ve never been in love,” Kelly said. “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.”

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Still, the superstar does hope to get married one day — and she told the newspaper she’d like to wed in her late 30s (she’s 29 now).

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“Statistically, if you wait that long, you’re not going to get divorced,” she said.

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Beyond romance, Kelly — currently riding high atop the success of her latest single, “Mr. Know It All” — explained how she’s managed to avoid the trap many successful stars have fallen into.

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“I have no controversy,” she told the paper. “You don’t see me in rehab, or you don’t see me coming out with my hey-haw showing. There’s not much to report. So when anything little is reported, it’s like ‘Oh, my God, she wasn’t wearing makeup!’”

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