Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson has said people assume she's gay because she's single.

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

Last week, Clarkson released her fifth studio album, Stronger. 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.

During an appearance on The View, Clarkson said people think she's gay because she has yet to marry.

“I'm from a small town so, like, everyone's married with children or about to have children,” she said. “So it's a little hard when you go home and people are like — and that's why people think I'm gay – because they're like ‘Why aren't you married?’ And I'm like, 'it doesn't happen for everyone right off the bat.'” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)