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Sunday 13 July 2014

Clarkson: Music has put years on me

Kelly Clarkson says she feels older than 30

Kelly Clarkson is only approaching her 30th birthday, but the singer has joked that her hectic schedule leaves her feeling much older.

The Grammy-winning Mr Know It All star, who sang her way to victory on the first ever American Idol almost a decade ago, admitted the strain of promoting her 2004 album Breakway took its toll.

"Because my career went from zero to 100, there was no 'growing'. I learnt well under pressure, but, like, four years passed by and I hit rock bottom," she told Closer magazine.

"It was four years of non-stop. Breakaway just exploded everywhere. Everyone was making a lot of money, so everyone was pushing the train."

The constant work caught up with Kelly when she became ill and was forced to take a six month break.

"I feel like I'm 45," joked the 29-year-old, who releases her latest album Stronger later this month.

"I love working, but at the end of the day you've got to take care of yourself."

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