Kelly Clarkson has had two No. 1 albums, three No. 1 singles, and eight top-10 hits in the 13 years since she was crowned the first "American Idol" winner. Yet, these days she says she can't find anyone to work with her.
"I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no," the three-time Grammy-winning singer told BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw on Tuesday. "I'm not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I'm not going to call out, and that's cool, but I don't know."
She added, "I ask good people, I don't want to sing with crap people, so I mean, I ask people who are great vocalists, but I'm not going to point out anyone. I have asked several people ... Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy, they're like, 'If you get too close ...' I don't know."
Clarkson says she doesn't want to work with "crap people" and she's been very critical in the past of other artists. While watching the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that included performances by Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, she tweeted: "Just saw a couple performances from the VMA's last night. 2 words.... #pitchystrippers."
The 32-year-old, who gave birth to a daughter in June, revealed she was able to convince at least one big name to work with her.
"I got John Legend to say yes, and he's cool. I can get country artists to sing with me and John Legend! I'm gonna keep John Legend. He's super credible and talented. I feel very good about myself with that one," she said.
Now, if she can just get Taylor Swift to collaborate with her, she'll be all set.