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Bajan band Cover Drive have been taking tips from Kelly Clarkson on tour, but are still finding time to play pranks on each other backstage.
The 'Twilight' group are picking up tips while supporting the former 'American Idol' winner on the UK leg of her tour, and take every opportunity to talk to her because they think she is a real sweetheart.
Singer Amanda Reifer exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Touring with Kelly Clarkson has been amazing so far. She's an amazing singer and performer as well so we get to learn from watching her, but it's also a great opportunity to just share a stage with her and see her fans and win new fans over from those performances.
"It's usually so busy backstage, but sometimes we do see her in the cafeteria and we have a quick catch up. She's very down to earth, very friendly. She's exactly what you'd expect. A Southern US girl; she loves to laugh and have fun, she's really sweet."
The band - also made up of drummer and rapper T-Ray Armstrong, guitarist Barry 'Bar-Man' Hill and bass player Jamar Harding - hail from Barbados and like to bring their fun-loving spirit to the backstage area where they constantly surprise each other with pranks.
Amanda laughed: "I'm used to hanging out with guys so I like it, it's a lot of fun. There's a lot of jokes, pranks, a lot of teasing all the time.
"We haven't played any on Kelly - we don't feel right doing that yet - but we play pranks on each other. For instance when someone's in the bathroom, we'll run in and throw cold water on them. It's pretty funny."
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Kelly Clarkson celebrated her 30th birthday by going turkey shooting.
The 'Stronger' singer reached the milestone age in April but rather than have a big party, she and her boyfriend Brandon Blackstock went hunting instead.
She said: "I just had my 30th birthday and we went turkey shooting. It's what I wanted to do, so we went."
Kelly also admitted she is amused by rumors about her sexuality, but is hopeful her current relationship will put them to rest.
She laughed to Lucky magazine: "Oh, there's all these rumors that I'm a lesbian. Anyway. I have a boyfriend now, Brandon Blackstock, my manager Narvel's son, Reba McEntire's stepson."
Kelly - who shot to fame after winning the first series of 'American Idol' - admitted she sometimes struggles with perceptions about being a "pop star" and fighting against the "rules" to do the things she wants.
She said: "The hardest thing about being in this business is just being able to be yourself.
"People act like there's this one set of rules to follow to be a pop star, and I think, Well, you say I'm a pop star, so maybe that's not true."
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 • Tags: Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson says her boyfriend is "ruining her creativity".
The 'Stronger' singer - who is famed for writing songs about heartbreak - has been dating talent manager Brandon Blackstock since late last year and admits being happy is changing her outlook when it comes to writing songs.
She said: "It is killing me. I'm trying to write a tough song and it is coming out like butterflies and rainbows."
"It is ruining my creativity. I'm writing all this happy stuff."
Kelly - who only confirmed the relationship in March - says she's only just found the time for romance and admits fans will be shocked when they hear her new music.
The 'Because of You' hitmaker told PEOPLE: "People used to ask, 'Why are you single?' and I'd say, 'It is not in my schedule.' I'm in a relationship right now and I have time for it. I never used to.
"With my new stuff, people are going to be, like, 'What the hell happened to you.' It has been really difficult. I love it. It's an awesome problem to have."