Kelly Clarkson is beloved for a reason. Not only is The Voice star a kind and thoughtful person, but she also exudes charm and an adventurous spirit that makes it impossible to dislike her. Clarkson is relatable, she’s not hungry for fame and is incredibly candid about every aspect of her life. No wonder the star has been tapped to host her own daytime talk show and will get to flex those muscles when she hosts her second Billboard Music Awards later this month. Whether it’s nipping ridiculous tabloid rumors right in the bud, or pouring her heart out through song, the powerhouse singer is the master of her own narrative.
That sort of frankness also translates to her experience with all things motherhood, often with hilarious results. Clarkson, who has two kids with husband Brandon Blackstock — River Rose, 4, and Remington “Remy” Alexander, 3 — is also stepmom to teens Seth and Savannah from Blackstock’s previous marriage. From hating her pregnancy experience, the delicate dance of navigating work and parenting, to dealing with schoolyard bullies, Clarkson is a mom after our own heart.
With her open-hearted spirit in mind, we’ve compiled Clarkson’s absolute best quotes about motherhood in honor of her 38th birthday. So grab your drink of choice and dive into Clarkson’s good, bad, and the absolutely comical truths about #momlife.
A version of this story was originally published in April 2019.