After dating Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and 'Gossip Girl' actor Chace Crawford, Carrie Underwood has learned her lesson: No more sharing her love life with the media. But the country beauty does open up about the perils of dating in the upcoming issue of Elle magazine.

Underwood has been spotted out several times recently with Travis Stork, the 'Bachelor' from the reality show's 8th season, but she refuses to confirm or deny that the two are dating. She does, however, set the record straight about rumors that she went out with Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

"I never met the guy!," Underwood tells Elle. "I'm sure he's lovely. I'm sure he's a great guy. He made America proud! But I never met him, I never mentioned him in an interview, I never mentioned him in that way to anybody ... I've had people texting me and calling me: 'Do you know Michael Phelps?' No! I swear on everything, on my job, my house, my dog ... That's how serious I am."

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Luckily, Underwood has a good sense of humor about tabloid gossip. But she's adamant about setting the record straight on a controversial quote she made to a different magazine, saying that Tony Romo still calls her. That statement obviously upset Romo's current girlfriend, Jessica Simpson, who dismissed the claim as "hurtful" and "definitely not true." Underwood isn't backing down on her quote, but she does give it a little more context.

"I don't think people realize that when you do an interview, the magazine comes out six months later," she says. "It was just something that was said in passing, and I would never mean to say anything to hurt anybody or to stir up anything, because I'm just not about drama. At all. I might be mad too, if somebody said my boyfriend was calling some other girl. So I can definitely see where she would be coming from. But I haven't talked to him since, like, May."

Underwood is careful now not to say anything in the press that might hurt friends or flames. That's why she's no longer taking about relationships in interviews.

"If I say I am or I'm not, as soon as this magazine comes out, it might be the opposite of what I tell you now. In three months, it'll be 'Carrie said she's not dating anybody,' yet last night, I was out on the town with some guy. He's going to get mad at me. Everybody's going to think I'm a liar. It's just best not to go there."