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"I miss my family," Carrie tells U.K. newspaper, The Sun. "I don't get to see them as much. Fortunately they're very understanding. I talk to my mom every day, and we keep in touch in other ways, and she comes and sees me whenever she can, but I do miss being at home."
The blond beauty shot to stardom after winning the fourth season of "American Idol" in 2005. But even though she's had seven years to acclimate to being a household name, the Oklahoma native reveals she's still adjusting to her fame.
"I'll never say I ever get used to it, because it is such a strange life," Carrie explains. "I get on stage, I sing and that's my job. There are thousands of people in front of me, and people recognize me and know things about me, and I've never met them before. So that's something that I feel like I'll always continue to get used to, but never completely get there."
Carrie has a little help when it comes to balancing family and fame gracefully: her role models.
"I can look up to people like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride," she says. "All these people that have managed to balance being a wife, being a mother, being an awesome person. Being a strong woman and living this crazy life as a musician. I do feel fortunate that there's a lot of strong women I can look up to."
Carrie will play London's Royal Albert Hall on Thursday (June 21). Her Blown Away tour, which includes Hunter Hayes as her opening act, kicks off Sept. 14 in Manchester, N.H. See the complete list of dates here.