The troubled country singer says she started writing "I'm Still Here" while in jail

By Mark Dagostino
Updated May 19, 2008 09:40 AM

For the first time since admitting she had a longterm affair with Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, country star Mindy McCready is speaking out to her fans in a new YouTube video.

In the clip, McCready, 32, sits comfortably on a sofa and speaks directly to the camera while thanking fans for being “so supportive” through her latest ordeal. “I know that you’re reading crazy stuff in the papers right now. The headlines are truly nuts, and I’m living it,” she says.

Last month, McCready admitted that she met Clemens at a Florida bar in 1990, when she was only 15, but said that their relationship did not turn sexual until many years later.

Rather than address that story directly, McCready says she prefers to “say it to you in song,” and gives details on how fans can register to download her new single, “I’m Still Here,” for free.

The singer says she began writing the song while behind bars. McCready was jailed in 2007 after violating probation on a 2004 drug arrest. She was released in January. (Fans can register for the song on her official Web site.)

McCready, who is working on several new projects including a documentary, a new album and a reality show, concludes her video by saying to fans, “I miss you guys so much and I can’t wait to see you.”