"I don't let people's approval make or break what I'm doing," the musician says

By Nicole Sands
Updated June 17, 2015 07:00 AM
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Kacey Musgraves is a master of blowin’ (off) smoke when it comes to the haters – well, hating.

With lyrics like “roll up a joint, or don’t” from the song “Follow Your Arrow” on her debut album Same Trailer Different Park, the country star came to the conclusion that, while some people may feel displeased, “people are always going to find a way to be offended about something.”

“I won’t be everybody’s cup of tea,” Musgraves, 26, tells Redbook in its July issue. “I’m cool with not being the biggest superstar on the planet.”

She adds, “I don’t let people’s approval make or break what I’m doing.”

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And while her “badass attitude” and bold tunes often get the lion’s share of attention, one should note that her songs are all about self-acceptance.

“After high school, my best friend came out to me, and he was like, ‘I don’t feel like I can be myself, and you’re the first person I’m telling,’ ” says Musgraves, whose second album, Pageant Material, drops June 23 here. “That is still a lot of people’s reality.

“[If] a kid feels like they can walk a little taller because of something I sang, I’m inspired by that,” she continues.

Musgraves is constantly on the road to promote her latest and greatest, but there is one person who is sure to be right by her side: her boyfriend.

“I’ve had my boyfriend on the road with me for a couple of years because he’s in our band,” says Musgraves.

And their ideal date night is always in sight.

“I think the craziest thing we do is venture out and find a Thai place on Yelp that we’ve never been to,” she says. “We might jam a little bit and have some wine.”

Because girlfriends give the best advice, Musgraves often receives words of encouragement from gal pal and former tour mate Katy Perry.

“You can put this on the record: I’ve seen Katy Perry’s proverbial balls,” she said. “She’s had some doors slammed in her face, and it’s cool to see that if you keep doing what you think is good, it will work out.”

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