Keeping it real! Kelly Clarkson is opening up about the aftermath of her divorce from Brandon Blackstock.
The sensational songstress is known for being a vocal powerhouse with enough wins to be decorated as one of the greatest of all time. Although she enjoys a successful career, the blonde beauty is not so lucky in love.
After seven years of what people assumed was a blissful marriage, the “Stronger” artist filed for divorce from the talent manager in 2020. Three years later, the Texas native is getting candid about the impacts of the couple’s separation on their two children.
Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her Children Were Hurt By Her Divorce From Brandon Blackstock
During a recent appearance on the “Angie Martinez IRL” podcast, the 40-year-old reflected on her children’s emotional state following their father’s exit from her life. The episode shared on the host’s YouTube page captured the women in a heart-to-heart discussion.
The “Breakaway” singer, who shares daughter River Rose and son Remington “Remy” Alexander with her ex-husband, noted that she routinely checked on her kids to talk about their feelings.
“I literally ask my kids every night when we’re snuggling, ‘Are you happy? And if you’re not, what could make you happier?’” Clarkson explained on the March 13 podcast episode.
“Sometimes they’ll say, especially the past two years, and it kills me, and 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, ‘You know, I’m just really sad. I wish mommy and daddy were in the same house.’”
The talk-show host noted that she encouraged her children’s honesty, confessing that she was proud to raise the “kind of individual” who could be candid about feelings. Although the mother-of-two found the truth painful, she understood her kids’ desire for their parents’ reconciliation.
As someone who grew up in a similar situation, the Grammy winner empathized with her children’s emotions. “I just sit there, and I’m like, ‘I get it. I’m from a divorced family as well. I get it. That sucks,” the 40-year-old said. “But we’re going to work it out. And you are so loved by both of us.’”
The “Because of You” songstress noted that communicating in an understanding way was vital to ensuring her kids’ adjustment to their family’s situation. “I think communicating with them and not treating them—not treating them like an adult, because they’re not—but not treating them like a child,” the TV personality explained.
“They’re not small feelings. Those are huge feelings, and those are huge emotions,” the Texas native continued. Clarkson added that her children frequently tried to gauge her feelings, curious about how she felt about their father.
“My kids ask me all the time, ‘So you don’t love him anymore?’” the Daytime Emmy winner shared, “I’m like, ‘No, I don’t know if that goes away.’” As for plans for a second marriage, the blonde songstress revealed she was open to dating but not another trip down the aisle.
Although the entertainer assured Martinez that she was not against marriage, the talk show host noted that she had to prioritize her children’s well-being. “I didn’t have the most positive experience with step-situations and re-marrying,” Clarkson confessed.
“I didn’t have the most positive situation growing up. I will not do that to my children. I would love to fall in love, but I don’t want another dude in my house with my children,” the doting mother added.
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Last March, The Blast reported that the “Since U Been Gone” singer finalized her separation from Blackstock. Their divorce settlement marked a significant payday from the talent manager, who made millions in profit.
As ordered by a judge, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” host had to pay her ex-husband $1,326,161. Following this one-time payment, the TV personality would also shell out $45,601 monthly as child support.
The former spouses agreed to joint custody of their children. However, they will be in Los Angeles with their mother. This deal caused the “Catch My Breath” singer to make a “reimbursement” payment of $50,000 to Blackstock for private air transportation to visit the businessman.
At the time, the talent manager lived in the former couple’s Montana ranch. However, this property belonged to Clarkson, and Blackstock was required to pay his ex-wife $2,000 a month until he moved out in June.