Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her One Direction Connection

Singer describes being approached by Simon Cowell to write for the British boy band.

Kelly Clarkson and One Direction have at least one thing in common: Simon Cowell.

So when the former "American Idol" judge approached the show's first-ever winner to write for the British boy band, which he manages, she was happy to help out. Clarkson recalled just how she was approached to pen a track for the chart-topping fivesome's album [article id="1681495"]Up All Night.[/article]

"When Simon Cowell put me forward to write for One Direction I said: 'Let me hear them first.' Simon has been really supportive since I won 'American Idol.' 'Tell Me a Lie' is the cut I've got on 1D's album, as I like the story of them, how they came together as a group," she said, according to "While I wrote the song for me, it didn't fit in the current album, as I never want an album to sound like one thought."

Much like Clarkson, Cowell gave 1D their start back when they were all going to compete separately on the British version of "X Factor." He saw their potential as a group, and boom, One Direction was created.

"One Direction have worked so well in America as well as the U.K. because people love a story, plus they have this innocence about them that attracts people," she said. "There's a lot of British talent doing well in America right now. I'm a huge fan of Ellie Goulding and Jessie J."

Considering that both Clarkson and One Direction are currently working on new music, perhaps their paths will cross again. The band recently revealed they are working on [article id="1686936"]their next album[/article], and Clarkson also is hard at work on her follow-up to Stronger.

"We're already working," she said via Perez Hilton of collaborating with producer Darkchild. "I'm constantly like that because you never know when you're going to find a song and so we're always working on the next thing."