Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Photo: Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock at President Barack Obama's Inauguration on January 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got an American Idol tale of romance for you. The inaugural winner of the long-running show, Kelly Clarkson, is very much in love, and she sat down with People in her cozy Nashville digs to tell them all about the emotional journey.


From Justin to Kelly? Ancient history, folks. Now it's all about Kelly and Brandon.

Like only Kelly can do, she didn’t mince any words when telling the magazine why she had never been in love before:

“I was dating skinny jeans and I needed Wranglers,” the Texas native joked.

In jeans and in life, fiance and music manager Brandon Blackstock was the perfect for the American Idol alum. When she figured this out, she didn’t hesitate to let him know.

"Out of nowhere I just said, 'Thanks for being an awesome guy.' I've never been loved properly by a man, and I was just like, 'I thank you so much for that.'"

What Kelly didn’t know was that Brandon, 36, was going to propose, and she wasn’t dressed for the occasion.

Pointing out she didn’t have a clue, she told People, "If I did I would have worn something besides Uggs and a sweatshirt with no bra."

Slouchy clothes or not, the candid singer is more than content. “I didn’t know life could be this happy,” she said.

The couple is planning what People calls “an earthy outdoor fall wedding,” which will likely feature yellow roses from Kelly’s home state of Texas. Kelly has also been busy working on two albums (one is a surprise!), along with preparing for her big performance on this year’s Grammy Awards on February 10.

Source: People