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 January 4, 2024

Kelly Clarkson opens up about struggles following divorce from husband that ended seven year marriage

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson opened up about her struggles following her divorce from her husband of nearly seven years, Brandon Blackstock, Fox News reported. The 41-year-old artist said her latest album, "Chemistry," was her attempt to work through it all.

"I didn’t see it other than this is my outlet," Clarkson said of the album. "I’m a let-go person; I don’t hold grudges," she added.

"So it was really delving into what happened in my life and why – and what am I going to do about it? I cannot express how appreciative I feel for having that kind of healthy outlet," Clarkson said.

"Because the level of depression and things that come with divorce or grieving is extraordinarily hard. You feel alone, and it’s just a blessing to be able to have that outlet for those emotions that are overwhelming," the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter continued.

"Sometimes you don’t know what life has in store for you, and you think your life is going to go one way, and it’s OK that it doesn’t. You never know how beautiful that might be," Clarkson said.

"The Voice" judge first filed for divorce in June 2020 but wouldn't have closure until it was finalized in 2022. Although Clarkson has primary physical custody of the children they share, she was still ordered to pay Blackstock $45,000 in child support every month.

Other financial considerations cut in Clarkson's favor, however. Blackstock was ordered to pay her more than $2.6 million for some "unlawful" deals he made during their union.

He brokered lucrative contracts on her behalf, including the Billboard Music Awards, her stint on "The Voice," a deal with Norwegian Cruise Line, and "The Kelly Clarkson Show." Blackstock collected hefty commissions for these deals, which turned out to be unlawful.

A California labor commissioner found that he was incorrect in doing so under the state's laws. "Under the Talent Agencies Act (TAA), a manager, like any person without a talent agency license, cannot procure or attempt to procure employment for artists," court documents explained.

The divorce has been hard on the couple's children, River Rose and Remington Alexander, People reported. Clarkson said in March that she often helps them through their grief while struggling with her own.

"I literally ask my kids every night when we're snuggling up in the bed, 'Are you happy? And if you're not, what could make you happier?'" Clarkson told Angie Martinez on the IRL podcast.

"A lot of times they'll be like, 'You know, I'm just really sad. I wish Mommy and Daddy were in the same house,'" the "Since You've Been Gone" artist went on.

"They're really honest about it. I get it. I'm from a divorced family as well. It sucks," Clarkson added.

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved. At least for a talented musician like Clarkson, her ability to produce a new album as a means of catharsis has brought some good out of it.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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