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Kelly Clarkson breaks away from ''American Idol''

Kelly Clarkson breaks away from ”American Idol” — The Texas native talks about Ashlee Simpson, changing management, and her failed movie career

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Kelly Clarkson photograph by Nick Ruechel

The 14th hour of Kelly Clarkson’s workday just ticked by — already she has performed on the Today show, posed for a photo shoot, and granted an interview to Dateline NBC — but pop’s biggest motormouth shows no signs of slowing down. On her way to dinner at New York City’s famed chuckwagon eatery Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the 22-year-old Texas native, clad appropriately in a T-shirt that reads ”Cowboys Make Better Lovers,” is rattling through a litany of topics (proper skin care, hotel gyms, party drugs, and Britney Spears) before settling on a promising subject: Marilyn Monroe.

”You know, I don’t really like her all that much. I mean, I think she was beautiful and it’s great that she was on the voluptuous side [and still a sex symbol], but I’ve watched her movies and they don’t really do that much for me. I kind of think of her as the Paris Hilton of her day. And didn’t she marry, like, five guys?”

”She married three men!” yells her hair and makeup artist, Steeve (yes, that’s how he spells it), from the front seat of her limo.

Clarkson barely misses a beat. ”Oh, well, okay! Heck, my mom married twice.”