Will Kelly Clarkson’s Romance with Brandon Blackstock Help or Hurt Her Career?

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Will Kelly Clarkson’s Romance with Brandon Blackstock Help or Hurt Her Career?
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She's the gal pal you want to drink margaritas with and reassure that Mr. Right will come along soon. So now that Kelly Clarkson has found her Romeo in Brandon Blackstock, will female fans still find her relatable?

The first "American Idol" winner recently compared her romance with the son of her manager to a "cheesy love song" and has even credited him with inspiring her to get fit.

Dishing on the friendship-turned-romance with a reporter, Clarkson joked, "I completely fell in love. Welcome to Cheeseville!"

But a happy-in-love Clarkson -- who has even lost weight no less -- threatens her underdog appeal.

Unlike slinky country star Taylor Swift, who was recently teased by Ellen DeGeneres for her repeated high-profile romances, Clarkson has had few known boyfriends since her career launched in 2002 and seemed to always struggle with her weight.

Soon after she became a celebrity, her one year relationship with David Hodges turned messy when the singer figured out he was cheating on her. "My standards were low because I was lonely," she said. "I thought he was totally into me. And then you find out, oh God, that he had this whole other relationship on the side, and that he is only dating you to get into pictures and to become famous."

In 2006, the Texas native called it quits with then-boyfriend Graham Colton, blaming the break-up on the difficulty of maintaining a long-distance relationship. Shortly after she had a brief under-the-radar romance with Yellowcard lead singer Ryan Key -- a relationship that was so low key it may have been just a rumor.

Before hooking up with her new honey last year, the woman who has been called "the Lance Armstrong of vocal cords" sunk most of her energy into her career, producing such hit albums as "My December," "All I Ever Wanted" and "Stronger." In 2008, she performed in the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour with Reba McEntire, who -- small world -- is Blackstock's step-mother. (We can just imagine these two talented singers harmonizing on carols this holiday season.)

Though fans could worry that a content Kelly Clarkson will be too blissful to write bitter songs in the future, the woman who wanted to be a marine biologist until she saw the movie "Jaws" promised to continue writing country staple love-gone-wrong songs like "Mr. Know It All." She quipped, "[Brandon's] totally gonna piss me off at some point, right? I'll write about it."

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