Kelly Clarkson is getting candid on her stance to remarry and the impact her divorce has had on her family, specifically, her two children.
Kelly was married to Brandon Blackstock for seven years before their initial split in 2020. They welcomed two children together, River and Remington, and officially finalized their divorce in March 2022.
Appearing on the Angie Martinez IRL podcast episode Monday, Clarkson talked about her “really honest” conversations she has with her 6 and 8-year-olds about their happiness and overall well-being.
“I literally ask my kids every night when we’re snuggling, ‘Are you happy? And if you’re not, what could make you happier?’” she shared on the podcast. “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.’”
Although the truth of their emotions isn’t always something she can handle as a parent, she still encourages them to be upfront with her, saying, “I’m raising that kind of individual. I want you to be honest with me.”
Fortunately for her kids, Kelly is able to connect with them in their feelings of sadness, as she grew up in a divorced household, too.
“I just sit there and I’m like, ‘I get it. I’m from a divorced family as well. I get it. That sucks. But we’re going to work it out. And you are so loved by both of us,’” Kelly made a point of. “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. They’re not small feelings. Those are huge feelings, and those are huge emotions.”
She clarifies to her kids that she doesn’t necessarily not love their father anymore, saying, “I don’t know if that [love] goes away,” but she does admit that since she has kids and was married at one point in time, she doesn’t see herself ever remarrying.
“I won’t be getting married,” the “Breakaway” singer stated. “In my life, I’ve been through a couple of divorces in my own family as a kid. 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 adds that as a kid, she “didn’t have the most positive experience” dealing with step-siblings and parents, and so she doesn’t want to give a similar experience to her own children.
“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.”