Kelly Clarkson on new music, family life and cruise ships

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Clarkson already has a stacked resume — singer, songwriter, talk-show host, “Voice” coach, children’s book author and mother of four. Now she’s adding travel to the mix.

Clarkson has been named godmother of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, and the pop star said she signed on to the project because it aligned with the things that are most important to her life: families spending time together, humanitarian work and live music.

“That’s kind of where I’m at in my career. It’s not just about singing. It’s not just about the talk show. It’s not just about being the godmother of the ship, Vegas residency or any of that stuff. It’s about all of it tying together and making sense organically together,” Clarkson said. “That’s when I start to say ‘yes’ to things at this point in my career because I don’t need to say yes’ necessarily because I’m super-blessed. I say ‘yes’ when it fits and it makes sense with the whole package.”

Clarkson, 37, will perform at the ship’s christening ceremony Thursday in Miami. She jokes about being a godmother for the first time and is excited to finally take a vacation that suits all her children, whose ages range from 3 to 18.

“This is my first godchild. I did it right. I don’t have to take care of anything. It just gives me things — awesome,” Clarkson said. “I’m super-stoked about it.