updated 11/20/2012 AT 12:25 PM ET
•originally published 11/20/2012 AT 3:30 PM ET
As hints go, this one wasn’t too subtle, seeing as Kelly Clarkson dropped it on national television.
Appearing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the pop star says she isn’t engaged to her boyfriend of nine months, Brandon Blackstock, but just give it a little time.
“We are totally going to get married,” says Clarkson. “We love each other. We are totally going to get married one day.”
She then holds up her hand and says, “I mean, he’s got to put a ring on at some point.” She adds: “But I’ll wait it out.”