OFFSTAGE: Kelly Clarkson: “OK, I really like Nashville”

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Kelly Clarkson says the first step is just admitting that you really like Nashville. She is in the process of selling her place in Texas and putting down roots in Nashville. For now, just in a condo. And she told The Tennessean newspaper , “Every star known to man has a condo there. [Moving there] is the first step of, ’OK, I really like Nashville, but I don’t know where I want to live yet, so let’s live here for right now.’ And then everybody ends up getting a place.” She says she likes Nashville because it’s like Texas. “Everybody’s kind of the same speed as Texans, and everybody’s really nice and welcoming,” she noted. And she can also get work done while she’s in town. Then there’s also her Nashville-based boyfriend — Brandon Blackstock, Reba McEntire’s stepson who manages Blake Shelton.