The pair first met at the Country Music Awards in 2006, when she was performing a duet with Rascal Flatts. Blackstock was the group's manager at the time -- and he was also married.
“My guitar player’s wife, Ashley, was my date for that night and we had just both been in crap relationships,” Clarkson explained. “Sometimes it sucks dating because it’s so many wrong ones until you get the right one. And we were like, ‘Okay, what we’ve been doing wrong here’ -- because it was a country music event and we’re both southern girls -- we were like, ‘We’ve been dating skinny jeans and we need Wranglers.'"
“Literally, I’m not joking, he walked past us at that time,” Clarkson continued. “And he walked by, I was like, ready to take it all off. I just felt something.”
However, as Clarkson explained she "ain't that girl" -- so never made a move, and didn't even see Blackstock again until 2012, when he and his then-wife, Melissa Ashworth, had divorced. The pair's fateful meeting came at the Super Bowl in 2012, when Clarkson was performing the national anthem, and Blake Shelton, whom Blackstock manages, was singing "America the Beautiful."