Carrie Underwood, the 30 year old American Idol winner is on the cover of the June issue of Marie Claire; making her the June Cover Girl for the magazine.
She gives the magazine an exclusive interview where she talks about her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher and the prospect of having children.
In the interview she says, “I don’t feel old enough to have kids. I know I am mature [enough]. But being responsible for another human?”
Carrie also talks about her “indepenent” personality and handling fame.
She said, “I’m not a mushy person at all. We were never a huggy family. Or a ‘let’s talk it out’ family. Technically I have siblings but they are quite a bit older than me — I was the accident — so I have the only-child syndrome going on.” She added that, “I’m a little more selfish, a little more independent, a little closed. I do wish I were softer. I wish I were able to form relationships better. But hey, I mean…I’m not a sociopath.”
About the idea of fame, she said, “At the beginning of my career, I used to have panic attacks. People were touching me, screaming — it made me really nervous. In public, I just get nervous. It’s a physical reaction, feeling like the walls are closing in. The fans are great. It’s not their fault. I don’t ever want to come across as ungrateful. But on my end, it is hard for me to process. Because I am still just me.”
Carrie also revealed she had written in her high school yearbook about what her personal predictions were. She said, “You were supposed to say what you would be doing in 10 years, and I said, ‘I will be rich, famous, and married to a hot guy.’ I guess I should have added a few more things.”
On May 25, 2005, Carrie Underwood became the season four winner. She has been back to the show four times to perform. She has also performed at the Idol Gives Back concert singing her new song, I’ll Stand By You, along with Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, and others. She sang the same song at American Idol‘s season finale on May 23, 2007. Underwood sang Praying For Time, a former number one for George Michael, during the seventh season American Idol Gives Back mini-marathon. She also came back to perform Last Name on May 21, 2008, for the finale of the seventh season of American Idol.
Carrie is involved with a number of organizations that benefit children. In January 2010, she partnered with Country Cares for St. Jude Kids visiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In February 2011, Underwood donated $140,125 to Save The Children. This charitable initiative was inspired by the “36 cents” written in the lyrics of Underwood’s album track Change on her album Play On, which addresses how even the smallest bit of spare change that one might have can add up to make a difference and help “change” the world.
The June issue of Marie Clarie hits newsstands on May 21.
By Michael Smith