The country star admits that even she's not immune to public scrutiny, especially with her personal life back on the small screen in CMT's I Love Kellie Pickler. Since its November debut, the reality show has become an instant hit for the network and brought fans into the home she shares with her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs.
"It's always scary when you're putting yourself out there for everybody to pick apart," Pickler admitted to Entertainment Tonight at the CMT Artists of the Year Celebration last week.
"I'm very careful and I think you have to be," she said of feeding into social media chatter. "We all should be very mindful of the things that we expose ourselves to. You have to protect your heart, you have to protect your head, you gotta protect yourself. ... I take pride in the company I keep and they let me know when everything's good. You gotta do that!"
On Thursday's episode, airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT, Pickler calls on her Dancing With the Stars skills to teach her hubby the Cha-Cha. We see the couple rehearsing in their kitchen as they gear up for a high-stakes dance competition against friends. See an exclusive sneak peek in the player below!
I Love Kellie Pickler is produced by Ryan Seacrest, whom Pickler has stayed close with ever since her time on American Idol in 2005. Now, the pair are expected to team up again on the reality competition's farewell season.
Pickler teased that she "just might be" making an appearance on Idol, and that she is excited for an "Idol family reunion" with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.