Kelly Clarkson’s endearing personality made her an instant favorite when she auditioned for American Idol in 2002. Clarkson won the singing competition and has since become a household name, garnering three Grammy wins and five Daytime Emmy Awards over the course of her career. One of the Texan native’s earliest hits was the soulless track “Because of You,” which she admits was inspired by her own upbringing. In a 2005 interview with MTV, Clarkson discussed the song’s meaning and its close connection to her childhood.
“It’s about the cycle of families, like you behave like your parents acted towards you and then your children act like you acted towards them and it’s about breaking that cycle, when he was bad,” Clarkson said. “It’s very close to home [for me]. I’ve agreed with my family and everything because they think it’s important because we’re obviously very different now than we were when we were younger.” And while the song’s music video seemingly ends happily, the troubles of Clarkson’s childhood weighed on hers relationship with her siblings.
Kelly Clarkson’s siblings grew up in another state
Kelly Clarkson has spoken openly about her childhood, which she feels changed after her father and mother split. After her parents separated, Clarkson’s father moved away while she stayed with her mother in Texas. Due to the distance, as she explained to SiriusXM, Clarkson didn’t have a relationship with her siblings, Alyssa and Jason.
“We didn’t grow up together at all because [the] divorce,” Clarkson said. “My sister grew up with my aunt and uncle in North Carolina and my brother grew up with my dad in California and I grew up with my mom in Texas.” The talk show host went on to explain this before auditioning for American Idol. reunited with her brother and sister.
And while Clarkson was able to develop a relationship with her siblings later in life, she never seems to have been able to resolve her issues with her father, Stephen. She revealed in a 2019 interview with Forbes that the song “Piece by Piece” was partially inspired by their strained relationship. And although Clarkson admitted she tried to “make it work” with her father, he died before they could make amends.
Kelly Clarkson appreciates the importance of effective co-parenting
Unfortunately for Kelly Clarkson, she’s also had to deal with marital turmoil after her relationship with Brandon Blackstock ended in 2020. The couple, who married in 2013, welcomed two children during their time together — daughter River in 2014 and son Remington in April 2016. After their split, the former couple became embroiled in a messy divorce that resulted in Clarkson wanting to marry her ex in addition to the monthly had to pay a lump sum of approximately $1.9 million in child support.
Despite their troubled end, Clarkson and Blackstock continue to be co-parents to their children. Clarkson, who currently resides in Los Angeles, has been candid about the struggles they face as Blackstock remains in Montana. “It’s just a difficult thing because we’re in different places and we both agree on the most important things,” Clarkson said during an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. “But for me personally it’s difficult when you’re not together all the time.” Clarkson, speaking with Khloé Kardashian at the time, went on to suggest that co-parenting is easiest when children are the top priority.