Kelly Clarkson reflected on the emotional impact of her decision to divorce her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, after being married for 7 years. The Grammy-winning artist and talk show host opened up during a recent episode of Angie Martinez’s IRL podcast, where she discussed her separation from Blackstock, with whom she shares two children, River Rose, 8, and Remington Alexander, 6.
“What does divorce do to you? Because it has to shift you, right?” Martinez asked.
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“It rips you apart,” Clarkson stated. “Whenever you fall in love with someone and it doesn’t work.”
She continued, “I think the thing about divorce — especially having it publicized, and people thinking they know the whole thing — the hardest part of that is, like, it wasn’t an overnight decision.”
“Anyone that’s been divorced [knows]. That was years in trying to make — not make it work, ’cause I never wanted to be part of something to ‘make it work,'” Clarkson added. “I wanted to make it beautiful. I wanted to make it awesome. I wanted to make it everything it possibly could be, and sometimes that just doesn’t happen.”
Following six years of dating, Clarkson and Blackstock got engaged in December 2012 and tied the knot the next year in October.The American Idol winner filed for divorce in 2020 from her music manager spouse, with the divorce finalizing two years later. On the podcast, Clarkson also discussed her children’s reaction to the divorce, saying that she regularly checks in on them to see how they’re doing emotionally.
“I ask my kids every night when we’re snuggling and I put them to bed, ‘Are you happy? And if you’re not, what could make you happier?'” Clarkson stated. “Especially the past two years … it kills me [but] I want them to be honest so I don’t ever say, ‘Oh God, don’t tell me that,’ but a lot of times it would be like, ‘I’m just really sad. I wish Mommy and Daddy were in the same house.’ They’re really honest about it. I’m raising that kind of individual.”
“I just sit there and I’m like, ‘I get it. I’m from a divorced family as well. I get it. That sucks. But we’re going to work it out. And you are so loved by both of us.'”
“I think [it’s important to be] communicating with them and … not treating them like an adult, because they’re not, but not treating them like a child,” she stated. “They’re not small feelings. Those are huge feelings, and those are huge emotions.”