Kelly Clarkson: My home had just burnt down when I won American Idol
'Honestly, I thought the show would be the biggest joke in the world,' she admits.
'But my home had just burnt down and I had to move. I needed money for electricity. It was rock bottom for me.'
Kelly, 29, found superstardom but fame nearly drove her to a breakdown 5 years later.
'We did nine tours. I had no life,' she explains. 'I was working every day. There was so much pressure and everyone just kept pushing.
'I didn't realise I was the boss or that I had the power to say no.
'In the end, I just told everyone: "I have no desire to be the biggest star in the world. I'd rather have a life and be semi-famous."
'I'm bossy as hell now. I love working, but it isn't my whole life.'
Kelly's new single Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) is out now.
Read Dan Wootton's full interview with Kelly Clarkson in Now magazine dated 13 February 2012 - out now!