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    Carrie Underwood: 'I turned down a free private jet' (New UK Interview)

    Carrie Underwood: 'I turned down a free private jet'
    Hi Carrie! You were raised on a farm. Did you have to help out with the animals?
    When I was needed, but I wasn't waking up at 4am. We only had cows. They weren't milk cows, it was cattle. There were many times when the fence would be down and the cows always got out when Dad was gone. Mum and I would have to go and get them back in.
    Is it true that cows get separation anxiety when they're alone?
    The worst part of the year for me was when we took some off to sell, because they would cry for each other for a couple of days. That's why I don't eat meat.
    Did you decide to be a vegetarian when you saw your parents castrating a cow?
    No, well sort of, yes. That's when I stopped eating red meat. Growing up where I grew up it was hard to cut out meat altogether. It was really when I moved away and I was doing my own shopping that I could go vegetarian.
    In 2007 you were voted the World's Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA (1). In 2005 you were the co-winner with Chris Martin. Is he sexy?
    I mean, any guy on stage doing his thing is definitely sexy. He's a fit guy.
    Eating a beefburger or never singing again: which would you chose?
    [Looks horrified] Oh no. One beefburger? I don't know. I can't imagine myself ever being put in that situation. Can it just be a bite? Maybe I could do that. Maybe. But I'd feel really bad about it.
    Is it true you have Scottish heritage?
    That's on my Wikipedia and I don't know why. Someone keeps putting it up there. According to that page I'm also a member of a Native American tribe (2). We keep changing it and they keep changing it back: they're adamant I'm Scottish.
    How odd.
    It is. I mean, I could be. My dad recently told me that my great-great-grandfather was born in Ireland. I don't know whereabouts though. I sent him a text asking him and he never texted back. I was like, I should know this, I'm playing there soon and I'm sure if I say "My great-great-grandpa Green was born here" the fans would want to know where and I'd have to say "Dad never texted me back".
    You almost signed a deal aged 14 with Capitol Records (3). Do you feel relieved that it never happened?
    I do. I was way too young. I tried out for American Idol in my last year at university and I was able to grow up and live on my own and balance a chequebook and have a job.
    You're an alumnus of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. What does that mean? Did you have to drink each other's sick to get in or something?
    [Looks horrified] No. No, no. No. Basically it's a group of girls on campus and we did a lot of philanthropy work and we're always raising money for something.
    Can anyone join?
    [Carefully] Yes, anyone can go to recruitment and you have to be a fit for them and they have to be a fit for you. Once you join one you can never join another. I see them at shows everywhere. I see my sorority sisters from other colleges, which is really cool. We always had a float in the parades and we always went to the football and basketball games together and that made college more bearable.
    Why did you give up on singing when you finished college?
    It's not a real job. I'm such a practical person and I've always been a thinker and a planner. It's not something you can go to school to do. It's not real.
    What made you want to audition for American Idol in that case?
    I thought "Why not?" I've always loved to sing and when I found out where the auditions were going to be held, my mum offered to take me. I was like, "It's stupid, what chance do I have?"
    As early as week four, Simon Cowell said you were the clear winner (4).
    I remember he went on Oprah or Ellen and was talking about a little blonde girl who tried out in Missouri and I assumed that was me, so he was always a big supporter of me. Then they started using me on the commercials. I was getting ready in my dorm room and I had the TV on and there I was.
    Did you get to finish college?
    There's a drop date. If you're going to drop a class you have to do it by a certain point and then you can get your money back. So I waited for that day because I didn't know if they were going to cut me or not [from the show]. I remember it was all a secret and I had to go to see them and they were like 'Why are you dropping out now?' and I couldn't tell them.
    Your fans christened themselves "Carrie's Care Bears" during the show. If you could come up with a different name for your fans what would it be? (5)
    They're an army, man. They're intense. They're the people calling radio stations and getting my songs played so they work just as hard as I do. They're much appreciated.
    You've won six Grammy awards, 16 Billboard Music awards, seven American Music awards and 11 Academy of Country Music awards. Where do you keep them all?
    I have a piano room in my house. That was one of the treats I got myself – I just wanted a fabulous piano. So I have plaques and things in there. I don't want them all over my house because that would be … People would be like, "Boy, she likes herself doesn't she?" My husband plays hockey professionally (6) so he's got jerseys and stuff in there too.
    Your song Jesus, Take The Wheel is both a literal and metaphorical plea for Jesus to take over. Can you drive?
    Erm, I, yes. Am I good driver? No. I've never had … knock on wood [searches for a bit of wood] … knock on something … I've never had a wreck but I kind of bump into things a lot. My husband has had backup cameras installed on my car. I had to get him to replace the bumper because I backed into a telephone pole. I'm that kind of driver.
    What happens on Carrie Underwood Day in Oklahoma?
    I don't know. I think everyone's forgotten about it. The reason they did that is because the Idol top three would go back to their home towns and they would declare a day your day and give you the keys to the city. I don't think anything happens though.
    Is it true that as part of winning American Idol you got access to a private jet?
    At the time, because even when you're on a show like that it's not like I had money all of a sudden, and a lot of times when someone gives you a gift of that magnitude you have to pay taxes on it. I didn't have the money to pay taxes on a jet, so I was like, "I'm good thanks."
    Why do you think the press want to start a rivalry between you and Taylor Swift?
    People love girl drama. You look at the show Nashville, which has just started airing here, and there's not that many females in the business. There are way more men. It's a lot harder to make it, so if anything we should all be really supportive. I don't know, it just makes for good headlines I guess.
    She's obviously worked with Max Martin. Have you ever thought about ditching country and going pop?
    I've worked with Max Martin as well, on my last album, and it's nice to branch out. You always want to grow as an artist and you don't want to make the same album again. I would never intentionally do anything that might leave country music. I love where I'm at. You do want to experiment. I write with random writers sometimes. I've worked with Ryan Tedder, I've worked with people who've worked with hardcore rap artists. You just never know what you're going to find.
    You're performing at the C2C: Country to Country festival at the 02. Why do you think it's taken so long for the UK to fully embrace the genre?
    I don't know. I mean, we definitely in the past have stuck to more rural-type songs. People would write about their lives and sing songs about their lives and that's why it's been so successful in the States, because a lot of people can identify. I feel like over the past decade country music has really expanded on subject matter, so it's probably a lot more relatable.
    You recently turned 30, but claimed it wasn't your birthday but the "the first anniversary of my 29th birthday". That's not fooling anyone, is it?
    [Laughs] It just sounds so weird to say I'm 30. I don't feel old or that I think being 30 is old, it's just weird to say. I don't like saying I'm in my 30s. I'm 29 and 367 days old.
    Did you have a massive party?
    I did last year. My husband threw me a big surprise 80s birthday party. I didn't know it was happening so my friends had got me bright blue spandex tights and bright shorts and I had this cut-up MTV shirt and there was a beauty station and they crimped my hair. It was awesome. This year we were on the road until recently so I told my husband and my friends that I didn't want to do anything. I actually ended up taking care of my husband who wasn't feeling well. I spent my 30th birthday eating cake by myself.
    • Carrie Underwood performs on Sunday at the C2C: Country to Country festival at the 02, London.

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    You have to pay taxes for using a gift like private jet access??? Yikes.

    Awww... Carrie didn't have her big dinner with Mike on her 30th bday..

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    I love that she is part Irish and never even knew it! haha

    How funny that her parents won't tell her the details of her ancestry. She should pay for a family tree done.

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    Ps I love that she called us her intense army! haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuiZ View Post
    You have to pay taxes for using a gift like private jet access??? Yikes.

    Awww... Carrie didn't have her big dinner with Mike on her 30th bday..
    Yeah game show prizes can get people into trouble on their taxes. They count as income so they have to pay income taxes on them. It can be a big problem when they only win stuff and not any cash.
    When he didn't practice on Monday I figured Mike was probably sick over the weekend as well. That's a bummer!

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    I remember seeing an article that Mike had the flu around that time so Carrie must have been nursing him back to health from it. I bet Carrie just sat with sick Mike and the doggies on the couch and watched The Walking Dead or something lol

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    ^ she did. She tweeted that she watched Walking Dead on her bday. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuiZ View Post
    You have to pay taxes for using a gift like private jet access??? Yikes.

    Awww... Carrie didn't have her big dinner with Mike on her 30th bday..
    It is the same thing for all those people that Oprah used to give cars to....they had to pay gift taxes on those cars. But I bet a lot of them had no idea when it happened & got educated on tax filing day. Everyone that wins stuff on game shows has to pay taxes on their winnings. The winner of Survivor has to pay taxes, well everyoe except Richard Hatch & he went to prison instead.

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    Great interview that is so sad that Carrie had to eat birthday cake on her birthday alone

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    wow taxes on it...really...that kinda defeats the part of the "gift"

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    She's so adorable and humble. Love her.

    I love the variety of the questions too; it's not the same old stuff we usually hear.

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    I love that she called us her army, and intense. haha

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    She could buy her own private jet if she wanted one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teesharky View Post
    I love that she called us her army, and intense. haha
    I think she was talking about you specifically Tee
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB172 View Post
    She could buy her own private jet if she wanted one.
    Or an airline. "Flown Away"
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    The interviewer obviously thinks the Lord had ditched Country & went Pop, but Carrie still thinks Swizzle is in the Country music community!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitocco View Post
    Or an airline. "Flown Away"
    That is what she could name the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitocco View Post
    Or an airline. "Flown Away"
    Taylor Swift just bought an airline & she named it Not Grown Anyway.


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