Kelly Clarkson has always been open with her fans and, despite going through a tough time, she’s not stopping anytime soon.
The American Idol alum announced her divorce from estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, back in June after seven years of marriage.
Though the split came as a shock to fans, it was also apparently a shock to Clarkson.
In fact, the singer shared on her Season 2 premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show that she “didn’t see it coming.”
Not Going to Stop Being Honest
While this split has been painful, The Voice judge recently revealed she’s not going to stop being honest with her fans.
“I mean, if anything, I’ve fought my entire career just to be me. Because most managers and publicists get nervous with me because I am an open book and labels and people frowned upon it early on,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
“But, I don’t do it for anyone else, honestly. I don’t know, I come from a small town, I’m used to everybody knowing everything anyway. And, I don’t know, I feel like if you’re hiding something, there must be something wrong with it.”
She continued, “And there’s nothing wrong with anything — life just kind of happens, and it takes turns that you don’t expect and are sad.”
Focusing on Her Kids
But, despite wanting to be an open book, she is definitely aware of how this news affects her two children — 6-year-old daughter Rivera and 4-year-old son Remington.
Not to mention, she’s also a stepmother to Blackstock’s two children from his previous marriage, Savannah and Seth.
“There’s a lot of hearts involved here. And you know, that’s the thing that’s been kind of hard to navigate is I am an open book, but at some point I’m a mama bear more than I am a person in the public eye,” she revealed.
“So, I care one hundred percent more about my children than I do anything else on this planet. So, that’s been the hard thing of, like, yes, I’m willing to share my experience and yes, it is the worst.”
She continued, “I mean, the past few months have been horribly sad. But at the same time, I have to think, ‘Hmmm, like, what I say has a domino effect in other people’s lives.'”
Divorce in the Public Eye
Though Clarkson knows divorce is something many families are forced to deal with, very few have to do it in the public eye.
“I’ve been through two divorces in my family, husband as well in his own family as a child. We didn’t have social media around when that happened. And, like, having kids that run the gambit of four to 19 is a really tough thing,” she explained.
“And, you know, I’ve had conversations with one of our eldest about how difficult it is in the public eye when your parents are so … you know, one of them is so prominent and having to navigate that for them is hard on their hearts.”
She continued, “I’m just careful also while being real… You know, it’s just, divorce is a really shi—y thing.”