Pickler sounds just as pitch perfect in person as on her new album. (Photo by Russ Harrington)
Kellie Pickler broke onto the music scene at age 19 when she made it to the top six on season five of American Idol. The bubbly country star has only garnered more fans since the show, releasing three albums (including "100 Proof" earlier this year), winning PETA's "World Sexiest Vegetarian" title and marrying songwriter Kyle Jacobs. All of this joy comes from a past filled with struggle—she was raised by her grandparents after her mom left when she was two and her dad was in and out of jail.
Most recently, the low-key Pickler ("If I'm not working, I'm in a ponytail, baseball cap and boots," she says) signed on to be the face of Tone Skincare's new Fruit Peel Body Wash. In honor of the partnership, we sat down with her to learn more about her beauty routine, fitness habits and musical inspirations.
"100 Proof" seems to be your best-reviewed album so far. What do you attribute that to?
I made it as country as I was allowed to! Traditional country is my favorite style. Everyone’s definition of country is different, but there’s room for it all. I co-wrote six songs on this album, including one with my husband called “Mother’s Day.” The album is really a reflection of my soul.
In “Mother’s Day” you sing about someday possibly having a loving relationship with a daughter of your own. Have you and Kyle given any thoughts to expanding your family?
That’s something that is important to talk about before you get married! You have to make sure you both want the same things. We’re not actively trying, but if it happens, it happens.
As a vegetarian, what are some of your favorite foods?
I love vegetables. Asparagus is my favorite and I really enjoy grilled onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. I love fruit too and drink a lot of water to get all of the junk out! It’s really true about “you are what you eat.” What you eat really is reflected on the outside. Still, I splurge and have a cake and ice cream, just not everyday.
Keep reading to find out how Pickler stays fit without the gym and which reality shows she tunes in for!
How do you stay fit?
I’m not a gym girl. My husband and I are in the middle of a landscaping project which is keeping us busy and I actually love mowing with our push mower! I’m so ADD, so I like things outdoors like kayaking. I have a treadmill but I have to put a movie in before I start walking.
The show Duets just started—who is your dream duet partner?
Dolly Parton! She is such a big inspiration for me and is why I fell in love with country music.
Your big break came from American Idol. Do you watch much reality TV?
Kyle and I watch Swamp People. I can tolerate Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms for a minute. Then Kyle says, “Baby, turn this off!” There is a difference between discipline and the way they handle it, but it’s their life.
With the Olympics coming up, do you have any athletes or sports that you’re really looking forward to watching?
I was into gymnastics for years as a kid. I hold my breath when gymnasts are on the beam until they land—I don’t want anyone to get hurt! It’s fun to watch the floor routine, though. You have to be very, very dedicated and really love the sport.
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