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WATCH: Kelly Clarkson explains how her fans have gotten her through tough times

This morning marks the release of powerhouse Kelly Clarkson’s seventh album, “Piece by Piece.” The record marks some 13 years in the biz for Clarkson – truly, an eternity in the usually fickle world of pop music. But she’s long avoided the “American Idol” curse on the strength of true vocal talent, and an ability to shape-shift seamlessly through different musical worlds.

She also counts heavily on her fans, she told us this morning. When she appeared on “Good Morning America,” she showed up surrounded by some of her most devoted cheerleaders, and the love-fest is mutual. In fact, her fans have gotten her through some tough times and relatively risky industry moves, Clarkson told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez.

“They’ve always been with me musically, like if I’m doing country or pop or something a little more R&B. They’ve always just gone with me on that ride and I appreciate that,” Clarkson said. “It enables me as an artist to be able to kind of spread my wings creatively. It’s inspiring when you write something that was a little devastating in your life and have people relate to that and connect to that.”

But while “Piece by Piece” promises to prove yet another chart favorite, there’s just one thing in Clarkson’s oeuvre that she wishes some fans would forget: that old, post-“Idol” movie, “From Justin to Kelly.” Yes, even Clarkson is judging you if you still proclaim to like it.

Check out what she had to say about “Piece by Piece,” changing her styles, and why she wishes everyone would forget that film.

WATCH: Kelly Clarkson explains how her fans have gotten her through tough times

This morning marks the release of powerhouse Kelly Clarkson’s seventh album, “Piece by Piece.” The record marks some 13 years in the biz for Clarkson – truly, an eternity in the usually fickle world of pop music. But she’s long avoided the “American Idol” curse on the strength of true vocal talent, and an ability to shape-shift seamlessly through different musical worlds.

She also counts heavily on her fans, she told us this morning. When she appeared on “Good Morning America,” she showed up surrounded by some of her most devoted cheerleaders, and the love-fest is mutual. In fact, her fans have gotten her through some tough times and relatively risky industry moves, Clarkson told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez.

“They’ve always been with me musically, like if I’m doing country or pop or something a little more R&B. They’ve always just gone with me on that ride and I appreciate that,” Clarkson said. “It enables me as an artist to be able to kind of spread my wings creatively. It’s inspiring when you write something that was a little devastating in your life and have people relate to that and connect to that.”

But while “Piece by Piece” promises to prove yet another chart favorite, there’s just one thing in Clarkson’s oeuvre that she wishes some fans would forget: that old, post-“Idol” movie, “From Justin to Kelly.” Yes, even Clarkson is judging you if you still proclaim to like it.

Check out what she had to say about “Piece by Piece,” changing her styles, and why she wishes everyone would forget that film.

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