Kelly Clarkson says her two young children have been candid with her in explaining their complicated feelings in the wake of her 2020 divorce from their father Brandon Blackstock.
The 40-year-old, appearing on The Angie Martinez IRL Podcast Monday, spoke about the fallout of her split from ex Blackstock, 46, with whom she shares daughter River Rose, eight, and son Remington Alexander, six.
Clarkson filed for divorce from Blackstock after a seven-year marriage in June of 2020, citing irreconcilable differences, with the split being finalized a year ago.
The Fort Worth, Texas-born star said that communication is key to her parenting style: ‘I literally ask my kids every night when we’re snuggling, “Are you happy? And if you’re not, what could make you happier?”‘
Clarkson said that ‘sometimes they’ll say – especially the past two years, and it kills me and I want them to be honest, so I don’t ever say, “Oh God, don’t tell me that” – but a lot of times it would be like, “You know, I’m just really sad. I wish mommy and daddy were in the same house.”‘
The latest: Kelly Clarkson, 40, says her two young children have been candid with her in explaining their complicated feelings in the wake of her 2020 divorce from their father Brandon Blackstock, 46
The A Moment Like This songstress said that her children are ‘really honest about it,’ another trait she’s instilling in them.
‘I’m raising that kind of individual – I want you to be honest with me,’ Clarkson said.
The My Life Would Suck Without You artist says she tries to relate to their perspective as she’s ‘from a divorced family as well.’
She said, ‘I just sit there and I’m like, “I get it … I get it – that sucks – but we’re going to work it out. And you are so loved by both of us.”‘
The Miss Independent vocalist said she seeks to find a happy medium when it comes to the tone and tenor in her discussions about tough topics with her children.
‘I think communicating with them and not treating them – not treating them like an adult, because they’re not – but not treating them like a child,’ she said. ‘They’re not small feelings – those are huge feelings, and those are huge emotions.’
Clarkson said her kids will ask her if she loves Blackstock, and she’s ‘like, “No, I don’t know if that goes away.”‘
Clarkson said that with the life experience behind her, she ‘won’t be getting married’ again in the future.
Clarkson was pictured with daughter River Rose, eight, and son Remington Alexander, six, last year at Legoland New York
The Fort Worth, Texas-born star said that communication is key to her parenting style
The Miss Independent vocalist opened up about her parenting philosophies on the podcast
The My Life Would Suck Without You artist says she tries to relate to their perspectives as she’s ‘from a divorced family as well’
Clarkson and Blackstock were pictured in LA in January of 2020, five months before she filed for divorce
‘In my life, I’ve been through a couple of divorces in my own family as a kid,’ she said. ‘I would love to fall in love. I would love to find someone and fall in love and do that thing, but I have children and that’s why I say’ that.
She added, ‘I didn’t have the most positive experience with step-situations and re-marrying and I didn’t have the most positive situation growing up.
‘I will not do that to my children. I would love to fall in love, but I don’t want another dude in my house with my children.’
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