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Kelly Clarkson's best Christmas ever: Marriage, baby and a new holiday album!

Shawna Malcom

"My life did a 180 -- in the most awesome way." That's how singer Kelly Clarkson, 31, describes how husband Brandon Blackstock has changed her world. They started dating after seeing each other at the 2012 Super Bowl, and she married the divorced father of two on October 20. And just this week, Clarkson revealed that she and Blackstock are expecting their first child together.

Bing: Kelly Clarkson Christmas special

Read highlights from the interview below, and be sure to check out this weekend's issue of Parade for the full story.

On the details of her wedding, where she opted to go barefoot beneath her lace Temperley Bridal gown:
"I bawled like a baby. We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it. ... Brandon was like, ''The Notebook' ain't got nothin' on me -- come on!' And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect."

On her life prior to dating Blackstock in 2012:
"I was single for almost seven years. Every Christmas, it was like, 'Seriously, I'm still pathetically alone? Awesome. I'm still telling people I'm okay with it? I'm not.'"

Also: More from Clarkson, including her thoughts on what Simon Cowell will be like as a dad.

On forgetting the Mr. Know-It-All who came before she found Mr. Right:
"I only had like three boyfriends my whole life before Brandon, and two of them were good, just not a good fit. I only had one real stinker that I wrote [music about] and made a lot of money off of."

On Blackstock's initial worries about dating her, since his father, Narvel, is Clarkson's manager:
He was like, 'My dad's gonna kill me if this doesn't go well.' I said, 'So? We're both adults. And it's gonna go awesome!' In my head, I was like, 'I'm already married to you!"

On how she knew she would be successful on "American Idol" in 2002:
"I came home after the very first 'Idol' audition and was like, 'I'm totally gonna win this.' Not in a cocky way; it was like something bigger than me was at work."

On her certainty that she'll soon be a mom:
"My eggs aren't getting any younger, so we've already started trying. I'm totally gonna have a girl. I'm manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you're gonna be like, 'That chick knew it!'"

On why she's looking forward to being pregnant:
"Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can't wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!"

On how she figures she'll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
"I've never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain't nobody expectin' that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don't expect a lot."

Kelly Clarkson's new Christmas album, "Wrapped in Red," features both classics and winning originals co-written by Clarkson. And while she confirms to Parade that she turned down an offer to return to "Idol" as a season 13 judge (she was on tour with Maroon 5 during the show's summer auditions), she's finishing up two albums, one "very soulful" country and one pop. For more on Kelly Clarkson, check out Parade on Sunday.

Related links from Parade:
Kelly Clarkson Reveals What She Thinks Simon Cowell Will Be Like As a Dad
Kelly Clarkson Is Pregnant: 'I'm Totally Gonna Have a Girl'

Nov 29, 2013 8:43PM
She is definitely pushing maximum density, but the question is can she catch Oprah??
Nov 22, 2013 11:12AM
kelly, first. you are just another false profit. you know it, i know it and some day, the whole world will. second. if you really wonder about how your weight appears to others, get some of that car commercial footage you did a while back, have some one block your face out of the pic,and just look at how you looked in that dress. look at those arms and that waistline. yes honey, that fat girl is you. that is reality, face it.
Nov 22, 2013 9:18AM
She may be fat (which she is NOT) but you are stupid and at least she can diet!  YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!  I swear, people can be so mean!  Kelly Clarkson is a beautiful woman, inside and out.
Nov 22, 2013 7:38AM
"Lifes a box of chocolates" Quit eating them!
Nov 22, 2013 5:02AM
People call you fat because you are fat!
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