Why Kelly Clarkson Doesn’t Want Fans Kissing Her on the Cheek

Kelly Clarkson kicked off the fall talk show lineup with The Kelly Clarkson Show, with celebrity guests to come including Trisha Yearwood, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Dwayne Johnson revealing exclusive facts about their lives.

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Kelly Clarkson | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp

But we’re also getting to know Clarkson herself. She tweeted recently that, well, nobody had better kiss her on the face. Which was a bit surprising to hear from Kelly, who seems so friendly and outgoing.

As she says on the talk show, “It’s basically my personality. You never know what’s going to happen. Let’s be real. There’s always been a Kelly Clarkson show, it’s just now on TV.”

She opened up about her reasoning behind this unusual request.

She’s got her own talk show

As mentioned, Clarkson’s talk show just premiered earlier this month. She told Parade she couldn’t believe NBC would allow her to host her own talk show.

“When it was brought up to me, I was like, ‘What? No one’s going to watch!’” The Grammy-winning singer called the chance to have her own show “a dream I never had but didn’t know I loved—and wanted.”

Quite familiar with being in front of the camera, Clarkson’s big break came in 2002 after being crowned winner of the first season of American Idol.

And now, on her talk show, she treats the audience to a song on each show, telling USA Today, “The singing at the beginning of every show was more for me to be comfortable. I’ve done it for a decade on tour. And I’ve been covering songs forever. Obviously, I’m from Idol – Hi! Sang covers the whole time. It’s what got me here, so it’s what I’m going to be doing on the way out,” she recalls.

And she’s a judge on The Voice, too

Clarkson has gone on to serve as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, where she’ll return alongside Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend when the 17th season premieres on Sept. 23.

When she was chosen as judge for The Voice last year, Clarkson was ecstatic, telling Variety, “I love this show. I’ve been trying to be a part of it (but) I was knocked up for three years. I’m super-stoked that it finally worked out. Now it’s like, mommy off time.”

Just don’t kiss her on the cheek

So back to her request for no cheek kisses.

She tweeted recently, “Spread the word. I don’t like being kissed on my face when U meet me. Ever. Male or female. I ain’t European y’all. I didn’t grow up doing that,” she tweeted.

Clarkson continued, “I don’t like it. I don’t know where Ur mouth has been but I know where it’s not gonna end up, & that’s anywhere on my face,” adding the sassy hashtag #MyPSAForTheDay.

When asked by a follower if hugs are ok, Clarkson replied, “I love a hug. I just don’t like when people greet me with their lips on my face. Not mad at it. Totally get that others are cool with this BUT I am not one of those people. Handshakes, cool. High-fives, cool. Fist bumps, cool. Kissing, not cool.”

Now we know!