Kellie Pickler is once again crisscrossing the country with her favorite gal-pal Taylor Swift on the Fearless 2010 Tour. Her current self-titled album has already spawned three hits – “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” The next single off the album, “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again,” is at radio now with a video to follow in the coming weeks. MCN recently caught up with the beautiful and spontaneous blonde as she shopped around SAKS Fifth Avenue for some must-have items!
You are back out on the road this year with Taylor and Gloriana on the Fearless Tour … how has that been so far?
We’ve only been out for about two weeks. Taylor mostly works from morning until night. We have soundcheck and interviews with radio and different things. We don’t really see each other a lot. I haven’t seen her but once on the road.
Do you guys get into all the pranks with each other?
Yeah, but usually the pranks come about in the last show when the tour is winding up. The things I really want to do, I usually don’t do [laughter] for the sake of damaging other people. I have good ideas, but sometimes you don’t know if you’ll still be friends afterwards! [more laughter]
What are your thoughts on artists like yourself and Taylor being such a positive role model for young girls growing up?
She is way better of a role model that I am. I don’t live my life to be a role model or to be preachy to other people. I just live my life. I’m not a product. I think I mess up every now and then, but I think for the most part, I try to do what’s right, but sometimes you kind of want to do what’s wrong! [laughs]
Are you a fan of reading articles and reviews about yourself?
I very rarely read reviews, and I never read the gossipy stuff. I sometimes like to read reviews just to see what the critics liked the best in the shows.
What are your tips for staying in shape?
Oh my gosh … well I’ve totally let myself go lately. I’ve just been writing and eating all the time! [laughs] For the most part, I eat pretty good. My weight is really like a yo-yo. It really just up and down. I’m only like 5’2” so I can gain five pounds and it looks like I gained 10. I really just struggle with my weight a lot. I’m not a huge workout-oholic, but I wish I was. I’m working on that part. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t eat meat or anything like that. I will say that’s been a struggle for me is maintaining a healthy, good weight.
What makes you nervous?
I get really nervous being in front of people. I don’t feel confident. It really shows in my face.
What makes you feel the sexiest?
I guess any time I’m with [my boyfriend], Kyle. I feel so beautiful when I’m with him. He makes me feel so, so great about myself. As long as I’m healthy, then he is fine with whatever I wear. He always tells me he likes me better with no makeup on and sweatpants. He says I just look comfortable, and it makes me look confident that I’ll go to the grocery store with sweatpants and no makeup. He makes me feel the most beautiful when I’m with him.
What do you always have in your purse?
I always have my credit cards just in case I need something! [laughs] I always have my credit cards with me, and I always have my passport … in case I have to flee out of the country! [more laughter] My passport and my credit cards I have with me all the time.
You’ve had quite a bad luck streak of dropping your iPhone in toilets … have you been having any more issues with that lately?
I have not! [laughs] I have the worst luck with that!
-- ALANNA CONAWAY