In an interview with BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Clarkson told host Nick Grimshaw she had a really hard time getting guests onboard for her upcoming LP, Piece By Piece.
“I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no,” the original American Idol said. “I’m not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I’m not going to call out.”
Of course Clarkson was able to wrangle at least one big star to join her on the set — John Legend, whose joint “Run Run Run” was released two weeks ago teasing the album’s March 3 release.
“I got John Legend to say yes and he’s cool,” the Grammy-winner continued. “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 also revealed she had to say no to singing with Taylor Swift once. Not because she didn’t want to but because she needed a break.
“I feel like I’m a very nice person that you might want to sing with me…. 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.”
Listen to the full interview here, Clarkson comes in around 01:55:30.