With a hit talk show, Kelly Clarkson proved she’s much more than just a singer and the inaugural winner of American Idol. She’s released numerous hits and won three Grammy Awards since the beginning of her music career, but despite all of that, the singer was reluctant to get back into music after the release of her 2017 album, Meaning of Life.
The reveal came alongside news that she will be releasing her first album in over five years in 2023, she confirmed to Variety in a Sept. 7 interview. However, it wasn’t because she wasn’t a fan of the new music or because she felt in a rush to placate her fans. Instead, it was because the songs on the album hit a little too close to home for her liking. Of course, in true Clarkson fashion, she was an open book as she delved deeper into the painful situation that eclipsed an exclusively exciting time.
Kelly Clarkson’s divorce album fueled intense feelings
Kelly Clarkson told Variety that her new untitled album was inspired by her divorce from Brandon Blackstock, with whom she separated in June 2020 and shares two young children.
Clarkson added she wasn’t planning on doing another album either, telling Variety, “But then the whole divorce thing happened, and I had to write it. And then I didn’t know if I was going to release it because in that state of mind you can get really angry.” Speaking of feelings, the singer had a lot of them. “When my ex and I first broke up, there were a lot of emotions. There was tough,” she also told the publication. “My producer and I laughed yesterday because I was like, ‘Remember when we wrote about 25 songs in a week?’ However, it wasn’t the right time to move forward with the tracks. “Then I said to my label, ‘I can’t talk about this until I’ve gone through it,’ and it just took some time to do that.” Despite the problems, Clarkson went ahead to achieve a significant goal. “I think I wrote this record for a reason – not just for me, but maybe someone else can benefit from it,” she explained.
Off the album, Clarkson has evolved in other ways. In March 2022, she changed her legal name to Kelly Brianne, formerly her first and middle names, though she noted she would remain known professionally as Kelly Clarkson, according to People.