Kelly Clarkson defends Blake Shelton's 'Sexiest Man Alive' honor: 'Let him be sexy!' (exclusive)

Kelly Clarkson was just as surprised by Blake Shelton's "Sexiest Man Alive" honor as the rest of us… but she digs it!

While chatting with ET on Thursday, the 35-year-old singer revealed that she found out about her future fellow Voice coach’s People magazine title on Twitter, and explained why haters need to stop giving him so much "flack."

"Oh my God, what's so funny is, my husband [Brandon Blackstock] manages him and I didn't even realize it," said Clarkson, who was promoting her latest partnership with Cracker Barrel's "Rocking and Stockings" content series. "We don't really talk about work with other clients, so I didn't even realize it."

"I just thought it was amazing," she continued. "Like, hilarious."

Clarkson admitted, however, that she was more surprised by all the negative reactions he's received. Immediately following the announcement, Twitter users slammed People's decision, writing things like, "Whole squad looking. Can't find the sexy," "He's not even the sexiest man in country music" and "I can think of 100 people a lot sexier than Blake Shelton."

"That's rude!" Clarkson explained to ET, defending the 41-year-old country crooner. "He's sexy. Let him be sexy!"

"Sexy is different to everyone," she added. "And he's a jokester. I think I like that about him. He didn't vote himself that -- obviously People magazine did. I think it's funny that he takes it with a grain of salt and he also takes the criticism the same way."

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I don't want to live in a world where Blake Shelton is the Sexiest Man Alive.
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Clarkson said she's "always loved" surrounding herself with friends that could be comedic, which explains why she and Shelton get along so well. She also talked about her newfound friendship with Shelton's girlfriend of two years, Gwen Stefani. Interestingly enough, the two have both referred to their significant others as their "cowboy" in previous interviews with ET.

"Recently we did get to hang at Gwen's house, which is insanely gorgeous," the brunette beauty gushed. "It was really cool. Brandon, Blake and I, we're all southern. Gwen's a southern Cali girl, yes, but I just mean… we're all different. I think the common denominator is that we're all very chill, we love what we do, we're just kinda all normal kids. It sounds really funny."

"And God, I grew up listening to Gwen, from No Doubt days," she continued. "So, it's just really cool. She's really sweet and down-to-earth. And [Blake's] sweet and down-to-earth, my husband's like that. We're all just kinda very chill."

Clarkson continued to marvel over their most recent hang sesh with Shelton and Stefani, telling ET that she actually got to meet the "Misery" singer's entire family.

"Her whole family was there and they're so awesome," Clarkson said. "She has the nicest, most warm, loving family."

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 03: Singer-songwriter Blake Shelton attends Pandora Sounds Like You: Country on November 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Pandora)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 03: Singer-songwriter Blake Shelton performs onstage for Pandora Sounds Like You: Country on November 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Pandora)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Singer/songwriter Blake Shelton attends the BS By Blake Shelton Launch at Macy's Herald Square on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 601 -- Pictured: Blake Shelton talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on November 1, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Blake Shelton and Hoda Kotb perform during Today's Halloween Extravaganza 2017 at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Blake Shelton performs during Today's Halloween Extravaganza 2017 at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0764 -- Pictured: Musician Blake Shelton during an interview on October 30, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TISHOMINGO, OK - SEPTEMBER 29: Blake Shelton performs during a free Opry style concert on Main Street outside of new restaurant and bar, Ole Red, opened by Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Partners on September 30, 2017 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc)
THE VOICE -- 'Promo' -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - JULY 08: Singer/songwriter Blake Shelton performs during Happy Valley Jam 2017 in Beaver Stadium on the campus of Penn State University July 8, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Happy Valley Jam)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Blake Shelton performs during the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Blake Shelton performs onstage at the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Blake Shelton welcomes Smithworks Vodka to the heart of counrty music on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Smithworks Vodka)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 1219A -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, CA - MAY 21: Singer-songwriter Blake Shelton winner of Top Country Artist poses in the press room at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 10' Episode: 1217A -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 10' Episode: 1217B -- Pictured: (l-r) Aliyah Moulden, Blake Shelton, TSoul, Lauren Duski -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 01: Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton attend 'The Voice' Season 12 coaches red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 1, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images For NBC)
AUBURN, AL - APRIL 22: Stacy Brown - Co-Founder of Chicken Salad Chick Foundation and Blake Shelton attend Music And Miracles Superfest benefitting Chicken Salas Chick Foundation at Jordan-Hare Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Basis Entertainment)
THE VOICE -- 'Top 12 Reality' -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Shania Twain -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"I think a lot of people find Blake and Gwen different, which, I agree," she added. "When my husband and I first found out [they were dating], I was like, 'Wait, what?' But then you think about it and you see them together, and it's like, 'It could work, even though we grew up in different places.' People do have similarities in the sense that they both love music, they love performing, they love writing."

Clarkson said she's well aware Shelton puts on this front "where he's kind of an a**hole," but deep down, he's a true southern gentleman.

"A lot of that is kind of for show," she joked. "They're just sweet people, both of them."

Ahead of Shelton's SMA announcement, ET's Nancy O'Dell sat down with Stefani, where she revealed what she finds sexiest about her beau.

"What defines sexy?" the No Doubt rocker asked. "I think somebody that is humble, kind, down-to-earth, talented, on the top of their game, should I keep going?"

 

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