Kelly Clarkson Talks Hurt 'Hearts' And Complications Due To Her Divorce

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Kelly Clarkson is opening up about opening up regarding her recent divorce news. The singer, who launched herself into fans’ hearts after becoming the first-ever winner of American Idol, is going through a tough time. The open entertainment personality would usually chat about and share with her fans about personal situations in her life, but, Clarkson has remained mostly reticent when it comes to dishing details. But now, she has discussed the hurt “hearts” and complications that have resulted from her divorce.

In June, Kelly Clarkson caught many by surprise when she filed for divorce from her husband of seven years, Brandon Blackstock. Since that time, “insiders” have shared what they say pushed Clarkson and Blackstock’s marriage into divorce. On the other hand, Clarkson has remained pretty tight-lipped in an effort to guard the hearts of those involved. Those would be the children she shares with Blackstock. This is what Clarkson explained to ET:

There's a lot of hearts involved here. And you know, that's the thing that's been kind of hard to navigate is I am an open book, but at some point I'm a mama bear more than I am a person in the public eye. So, I care one hundred percent more about my children than I do anything else on this planet. So, that's been the hard thing of, like, yes, I'm willing to share my experience and yes, it is the worst. I mean, the past few months have been horribly sad. But at the same time, I have to think, 'Hmmm, like, what I say has a domino effect in other people's lives.

Kelly Clarkson’s explanation for staying a bit mum on the topic of her divorce has everything to do with being a caring mom. What Clarkson had to say here is heavily reminiscent of what the talk show host had to say upon kicking off the second season of The Kelly Clarkson Show. During a monologue, Clarkson called 2020 a “dumpster fire” and expressed her concern for the “little hearts” caught in the divorce. Despite being mostly quiet, Clarkson has not let comments on the internet regarding the cause of her divorce go without an honest response.

Adding to the divorce is the fact that neither Clarkson nor Brandon Blackstock are strangers to experiencing it. Divorce has been a part of both of their lives, as Clarkson explained, saying:

I've been through two divorces in my family, husband as well in his own family as a child. We didn't have social media around when that happened. And, like, having kids that run the gambit of four to 19 is a really tough thing. And, you know, I've had conversations with one of our eldest about how difficult it is in the public eye when your parents are so ... you know, one of them is so prominent and having to navigate that for them is hard on their hearts. I'm just careful also while being real. And I don't think that anything is -- like I said -- nothing's wrong with anybody, it's just ... it happens, and that's why there's nothing to hide about it in that sense. You know, it's just, divorce is a really shitty thing.

For reference, regarding the divorce that Kelly Clarkson mentions, Brandon Blackstock’s dad, Narvel Blackstock, was married to country music superstar, Reba McEntire, making Reba -- Blackstock’s stepmom.

The divorce hasn't been without its challenges, as Kelly Clarkson recently got hit with a massive lawsuit from Starstruck Entertainment. It claims that Clarkson owes over $5 million to them. Starstruck Entertainment is “owned and operated” by Narvel Blackstock, per the company's website.

Regardless, Kelly Clarkson is keeping their kids in mind as she moves forward into this new phase of her life. It's important to note that Clarkson says that “nothing” is “wrong with anybody,” adding that divorce happens, and there is nothing to hide in “that sense.” So while it may seem dramatic to the outside world, it helps explain Clarkson keeping up the good vibes between her and her estranged husband.

This summer, Kelly Clarkson sent love to Brandon Blackstock following her Emmy win for The Kelly Clarkson Show. On her chat-fest, Clarkson has alos gotten candid about struggling with her kids during quarantine with a fellow mom, Tia Mowry-Hardrict. I would expect the potential of more sharing of that variety as production on Season 2 continues a virtual audience.

Kelly Clarkson remains busy as she keeps EGOT status in sight. She has Season 19 of The Voice coming up, and she will undoubtedly have more to say as her talk show continues. Check your local listings to learn what Kelly Clarkson does share about her life during the new season of The Kelly Clarkson Show. The talk show is one of many that's airing new episodes this fall.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.