Kelly Clarkson says a painful divorce is taking a toll on her professional life

Since 2002, Kelly Clarkson has dominated the music world with her powerful singing and undeniable star power. After landing number one on the first season of “American Idol,” the “Stronger” singer has made waves with singles like “Since U Been Gone,” “Because of You,” and “Heartbeat Song.” In addition to her record-breaking album sales and multiple Grammys, Clarkson has also had huge success with her popular talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

But while Clarkson has built a successful professional life, amid all that success she’s also had to deal with a very public breakup. The beloved singer married music manager Brandon Blackstock in 2012. During their time together, Clarkson shared the happy moments between the two with her fans. In a 2015 interview with CBS News, the Grammy winner revealed that Blackstock was the first person she said “I love you” to. “He was the first guy I… said that to [to] – and wanted to say it. I didn’t feel like I had to,” she said.

However, after nearly seven years of marital bliss, the “The Voice” star filed for divorce in 2020 (via Us Weekly). Two months after filing, Clarkson described the divorce process as “tough” at the premiere of her talk show’s second season. “Divorce is never easy,” she said, as reported by Entertainment Tonight. After the two reached an agreement in March 2022, Clarkson recently opened up about life after her divorce.

Kelly Clarkson opens up about the painful side of her divorce

After dealing with divorce proceedings for two years, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock finally reached an agreement in March. Under current guidelines, the singer must pay child support and spousal support, with the latter ending in 2024 (via Us Weekly). Nearly three months after the divorce was finalized, Clarkson has spoken candidly about the impact the lengthy process has had on her life.

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“Everyone knows the big divorce I went through and it was like two years and it wasn’t easy with the kids,” she revealed during an appearance on “The Chart Show With Brooke Reese” (via Us Weekly). The beloved pop artist also updated fans on when to expect new music during the emotional time. “I only navigate through what I’m comfortable with. So it’s just difficult to navigate. it’s coming I just need to get my crap together,” she explained.

Clarkson’s latest comments come a few weeks after she opened up about her support system during the divorce proceedings. On the June 6 episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” the “Walk Away” singer revealed to The Chicks that she found solace in female friendships. “I think that really helped me,” she said. In response to Clarkson, Martie Maguire said she was comforted by bandmate Natalie Maines, who was also going through a divorce. “I didn’t know anyone close to me who was getting divorced. So I was so happy for you,” Maines explained.