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12 Incredibly Candid Quotes From Kelly Clarkson About Life After Divorce

Kelly Clarkson’s divorce from Brandon Blackwell was one of the most tumultuous in recent history as far as celebrity splits go. The pair married in 2013 after a little more than a year of dating, and seven years (and two kids) later, the American Idol alum filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

It took two years for the divorce to be finalized, and throughout the process, Clarkson was candid about the unfortunate realities of dissolving a marriage — in general and as a public figure — while trying to maintain privacy for the sake of herself and her kids. One thing in particular that she made very clear is that she would be writing an album about the experience, as music is her way of coping with life’s challenges.

During a 2020 interview on Sunday Today With Willie Geist, the “Since U Been Gone” singer revealed, “This next record, this will probably be the most personal one I’ve ever released. The whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now or where it is now.” She added, “It’s been very therapeutic for me. It’s very honest.”

She spoke in more detail about the upcoming album, titled Chemistry, during a 2022 interview with Variety, telling the outlet, “The whole divorce thing happened and I needed to write it. And then I didn’t know if I was going to release it, because you can be very angry in that state of mind.” The Voice judge continued, “So some of the songs, they definitely cover the gamut of emotions; there’s everything on the album. It’s almost like the arc of a relationship, because the beginning is so beautiful and so sweet, and then it evolves. And sometimes it doesn’t evolve how you want.”

With the release of two singles from Chemistry, it’s clear that Clarkson won’t be holding back any lingering thoughts and feelings about her divorce from Blackwell much longer. On April 14, the multi-award-winning artist released “Mine” and “Me” from what will be her tenth studio album, and the lyrics tell the brutal story of a devolving relationship.

In “Mine,” Clarkson sings, “Someone’s gonna show you how a heart can be used, like you did mine.” The pointed lyrics continue in “Me,” which includes the lines, “Your insecurity was the death of you and me / Too many times you questioned what were my intentions.”

While we wait for the entire album to drop in June, we’re taking a look back on the most candid, vulnerable things Clarkson has said about life after divorce.

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