Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson has denied rumors she's gay.

Clarkson gained fame as the winner of the inaugural season of Fox's reality talent contest American Idol in 2002.

Her fifth studio album Stronger is scheduled to be released on October 24 by RCA Records. Previous albums include Thankful (2003), Breakaway (2004), My December (2007) and All I Ever Wanted (2009). She's also made guest appearances on several television shows, including That 80's Show and Reba, and starred in the feature film From Justin to Kelly.

Despite her success – and a head start – Clarkson ranks sixth on Forbes' list of top-earning American Idols. According to Forbes, American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood raked in $20 million over the past year, making the country music singer the highest paid Idol alum.

In an interview with E! News, Clarkson denied she's a lesbian, adding that the rumors have caused havoc in her love life.

“People keep saying I'm gay, and I'm not,” Clarkson said. “I'm pretty sure I've never made out with a girl. It's just not helping me because I'm straight. No boy wants to hit on me because I make mean songs about them, and they think I'm gay.”

In 2009, Clarkson made a similar statement. “I could never be a lesbian,” she told AOL's “I would never want to date someone like myself, ever.”