Carrie Underwood lands Allure Magazine's February cover (on sale Jan 22) and doesn't shy away from talking about the misconception over her stance on gay marriage.
She says, "I'm in favor of acceptance. And I am a Christian person, and I do love the Lord, and I feel no matter who you are, what you believe, how you live your life, it's not my place to judge," she says. "I don't have that power. I don't want that power. It's my place to love and to show God's love to other people, even if they don't live a life like I live. So that's where I'm coming from."
If you plan on seeing Underwood, 29, in concert, know you'll never see a wardorobe malfunction from her on stage. She is proud to say that, "underneath every skirt, every dress, I'm wearing shorts. So that everyone in the world knows, if I ever fell down, nobody would get a peek at anything." And usually the shorts are a different color from her onstage outfits, "so that everyone knows they're not seeing my undergarments." Grinning, she waits a beat. "So sad...
Underwood has been married to husband Mike Fisher, a professional hockey player, since 2010 and is aware of the challenges of marriage to a professional athlete.
"We've seen a lot of celebrities, professional athletes, not exactly always being on their best behavior away from girlfriends, wives, families," she says. But she's not concerned about Fisher. "People would say, 'Do you ever worry that—you know—he's an athlete, he's young, he's good-looking?' And I've never had to worry about him," she continues, "because I've never trusted anybody so completely. Or I didn't know the true meaning of trust. He just...he just wouldn't do that."
Underwood also open up about not wanting to be associated with Hayden Panettiere's character on the ABC series Nashville. Though Panettiere has said she modeled her sassy, sometimes cutthroat character as Juliette Barnes after the country singer, Underwood denies a resemblance.
"I'm not like that at all," she tells Allure magazine, "It's juicy, but I hope not everybody thinks that everything goes down like that in Nashville, and we're evil."
She also doesn't want viewers to confuse the TV show's depiction of the country music world with reality. "To be honest," she tells Allure, "I've been fortunate enough to work with other types of music -- and we're the least drama-rific people."
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