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Web Exclusive: Terri Clark

The star holds forth on the future, the f-word and a variety of other topics.

In the June 18 issue of Country Weekly you’ll find a revealing Q&A with Terri Clark—but the full interview offered even more revelations. Here are a few exclusive outtakes from the article, in which the recently divorced Terri candidly discusses dating, children and the one career goal she hasn’t achieved.

If you could project yourself 100 years into the future but not return, would you do it?

No, because I’m scared about where we’re headed in the next 10 years, let alone a hundred. The state of where things are in the world right now . . . there’s a lot of good, but technology has progressed to the point where there’s a lot of threats to everything right now. It’s a scary time, which is one reason I’m thinking of not having children. One hundred years from now, where will we be?

If you could interview one person in history, who would you choose?

Jesus Christ. I’d ask him to take the wheel! [Laughs] What wouldn’t you ask him? I mean, anybody would want to ask him about everything. There’s so much judgment and so much trouble, if we could just get to the bottom of what the real truth is, I think it would solve a lot.

What’s a deal-breaker for you in a relationship?

Lying and insecurity. I have to be with somebody who is extremely secure. I’m not only onstage in front of people every night, and doing what I do, but I’m a very strong person. That can be challenging and intimidating, which is why I go home alone a lot.

Do you get asked out a lot?

I’m the girl that everyone thinks is getting asked to the prom so they don’t ask, and I go home alone most of the time.

Who told you about the birds and the bees?

My mom. It was funny, too. Some kid said the f-word, and I came home and said, “Mom, what does that word mean?” She told me. I was mortified [laughs]. I was so grossed out. I couldn’t believe people did that.

You had a big hit with “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Do you generally get over being mad or do you tend to hold a grudge?

I get over it. I think holding a grudge is wasted energy that could go into something positive. You can’t control how people treat you or what they might do to you, but you can control your reaction. There’s so much good to be done with your energy that using it to stay angry and hateful is not a positive network for it.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I choose to be happy” is a quote that I came up with. I do think that happiness is a choice, and the only thing we can control is how we react to things, and how we feel about things. We’re so responsible for our destiny through our own thoughts, words and deeds.

If you could trade places with one person for a week, who would you pick?

Angelina Jolie [laughs]. You can just imagine why. I’d send the kids on vacation.

What do you know for sure?

If you don’t have your health, you have nothing. That is the most important thing. You can have all the money and all the fame and all the golden nuggets that the world has to offer, but if your health goes downhill, what can you do?

What person from high school would you like to say, “How do you like me now?” to?

Oh, I think I’ve said it to them! [Laughs] There were a couple of boys I had crushes on that weren’t interested in me then that seemed to be more interested in me the last time I saw them. They know who they are.

What career goals do you have left?

I grew up watching the CMA Awards, and I have vowed to not quit until I get one. That’s why I just keep coming back. I’ll polish it every day if I get one [laughs]. I’ll sleep with it the first couple of weeks.

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