Kelly Clarkson “loves” to attend therapy sessions.
The 41-year-old pop star – who will be performing in Las Vegas this summer – has revealed that she started taking therapy before splitting from Brandon Blackstock, and she thinks it’s really been good for her.
Kelly – who was married to Brandon between 2013 and 2021 – shared ET Canada: ‘I did it regularly. I love it.
“I actually started when I was married, you know, obviously I was having difficulties and… not just about the relationships, but in general, I had never really done regular therapy or anything like that.
“Most of the time, honestly, writing is therapeutic for me and I have a really great group of friends, so I feel like I have a good, you know, listening party and like to push things off thoughts and feelings or whatever. But it was literally a really good turning point for me.
Good times: Kelly Clarkson “loves” attending therapy sessions. The 41-year-old pop star has revealed that she started taking therapy before splitting up with Brandon Blackstock, and she thinks it’s really been good for her
Queen of TV these days: Kelly — who was married to Brandon between 2013 and 2021 — told ET Canada, “I’ve done it regularly. I love it. “I actually started when I was married, you know, obviously I was having difficulties and…not just about the relationships, but in general, I’d never really done regular therapy or anything like that”
“They give you so many tools to navigate certain situations and also to have someone outside of your circle who doesn’t know anything, but just knows what’s happening in the now.”
“And that was very helpful.”
Kelly – whose new album is called Chemistry – believes she’s actually most creative when she’s “going through something.”
Reflecting on her creative inspirations, she added, “I always say people’s best artwork, whether you’re a sculptor, painter, writer, whatever you are, it’s usually after a hard time because then they feel everything so . intense… the performer, right?
“I didn’t want to just come out with an angry (record). Anger is there.
“But you know, there’s anger, there’s sadness, there’s happiness, there’s hope, like it’s all on there. So that was really important for me too, to make sure that was all in there.”
Before fame: On American Idol when she was struggling in 2002. “Honestly, writing is normally therapeutic for me and I have a really great group of friends, so I feel like I’m having a good, you know, listening party and like to bounce things off thoughts and feelings or whatever. But it was literally a really good turning point for me,” she said
There seems to be no peace between Kelly and her ex.
In March, she appeared to take a sting during a performance at Blackstock The Kelly Clarkson Show.
The American Idol winner sang a cover of Gayle’s song abcdefu as she debuted new lyrics that seemed to reference her recent divorce drama.
Fans of the singer couldn’t miss the changes as they popped up right at the beginning of the tune, as noted by TeFab.
“Forget about you and your father and the fact that you have half and my broken heart, turn that s*** into art,” she sang, appearing to refer to both Blackstock and his father, who is currently suing Clarkson.
Compare that to Gayle’s original lyrics: “F*** you and your mom and your sister and your job and your broken car and that’s what you call art.”
Changing it: Clarkson appeared to change lyrics to a song on The Kelly Clarkson Show in March, possibly as a joke to her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock
While singing Gayle’s abcdefu, she sang, “Forget you and your father and the fact that you have half and my broken heart, turn that bastard into art”; seen with Blackstock in January 2020
Kelly kept a low key for the rest of the performance, and she seemed to stick to the standard lyrics for the remainder of the run.
She was dressed casually but comfortably in a plaid dress and a cozy black cardigan.
Her relationship with Blackstock began in 2012. The two had already bonded, as he was the son of her former manager Narvel Blackstock, who was married to Reba McEntire at the time, though they would divorce in 2015.
Kelly and Brandon married in October 2013 on a Tennessee ranch, and they developed business entanglements, as he served as her manager throughout their marriage.
They went on to welcome two children: their daughter River Rose, eight, and their son Remington, six.
But in June 2020, Clarkson filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, and the divorce was finalized last year.
During a performance in June last year on The card showthe hitmaker admitted that the tumultuous divorce had affected her music and made it difficult for her to record or release new material.
The divorce led to a brutal custody battle between the exes, with Clarkson eventually getting primary custody.
Family: Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013 and filed for divorce in 2020. They have two children: River Rose, eight, and Remington, six; seen in 2019 with (L-R) Seth, Savannah, River Rose and Remington Blackstock
The pair were reportedly driven to part ways after a significant clash while cooped up in the early days of the still-ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Clarkson was originally ordered to pay her estranged husband $200,000 a month in support.
She then suffered another setback in September 2020, when Starstruck Management Group, the company run by Narvel Blackstock – Brandon’s father – sued her for $1.4 million in supposedly unpaid compensation.
But the Since U Been Gone singer countered two months later, accusing the company of violating the California Labor Code.
She accused the company of “acquiring, offering, promising or attempting to obtain work or assignments” without having a license.
She tries not to pay the management company and get back money she had previously paid to the organization.
Earlier this month, during a performance at the Angie Martinez IRL PodcastClarkson delved into how difficult her divorce has been for her young children.
She explained that she tries to keep abreast of how her children feel about living with her.