Kelly Clarkson is using her musical talents to express how she’s been feeling about her recent to divorce to Brandon Blackstock.
The “Breakaway” singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to give a sneak peek at her upcoming single “Mine”, which is the first to be released for her newest album Chemistry.
In the video, she’s singing into the microphone in her studio, and the lyrics are, “Someone’s gonna show you how a heart can be used, like you did mine.”
She hasn’t clarified whether or not the song is about her ex, but given the circumstances, I think it’s a fair assumption.
Clarkson and Blackstock married in 2013 and welcomed two children throughout their marriage, River and Remington. In 2020, Clarkson filed for divorce because of “irreconcilable differences”.
Their divorce was finalized in March 2022.
Just a week ago, Clarkson sang a cover of Gayle’s “abcdefu” for the “Kellyoke” segment on her daytime talk show. But instead of singing the pop hit song verbatim, she adjusted the chorus’ lyrics to fit her own situation.
The original lyrics read as: “F–k you and your mom / And your sister and your job / And your broke-ass car, and that s–t you call art.”
Kelly’s rendition, however: “Forget you and your dad / And the fact that you got half / And my broken heart, turned that s–t into art.”
To break that down, Brandon’s father, Narvel Blackstock is the owner of Starstruck Entertainment, whom Kelly signed with in 2007. Amid Kelly and Brandon’s divorce in 2020, Narvel and the Starstruck Management Group filed a lawsuit against Clarkson for a debt she owed that totaled nearly $1.4 million in commission.
As for the “the fact that you got half” line, Kelly and Brandon’s divorce settlement resulted in Kelly owing him $1.3 million on top of a monthly payment for child support. They also underwent a lengthy battle regarding Kelly’s $10.4 million Montana ranch in which Brandon claimed he had been “exclusively using” as his “residence and business” after becoming a full-time rancher.
Not only have these instances shown Kelly’s true feelings on her divorce, but she’s also talked about how her upcoming album Chemistry will encompass the “arc of an entire relationship”.
“It’s called Chemistry because I was trying to find a word—also it might be one of the songs on the album—but I was trying to find a word that really described the whole thing,” she said on Instagram last Sunday, announcing her new album. “‘Cause I didn’t want everybody to think I was just coming out with some just like, ‘I’m angry, I’m sad.’ Just one or two emotions. This album is definitely the arc of an entire relationship, and a whole relationship shouldn’t be just brought down to one thing. So there’s the good, the bad and the ugly kind of thing going on in it.”