Power singer, three-time Grammy winner and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson says the news these days — namely, the widespread discussion of the alleged Harvey Weinstein sex crimes — is offering a huge teachable moment for parents. And she and husband Brandon Blackstock aren’t shying away from having that tough conversation with their kids.
“We have four children,” Clarkson said at Variety’s Power of Women event in LA on Oct. 13. “It’s an important time to mold these lives… to sit down and have these conversations no matter how awkward they might be.”
She added, “I think we should take this horrific, negative thing that’s happening and teach not only our daughters, but our sons, to stand up for what’s right… and how to respect other people and their bodies and how to love and be kind.”
Clarkson and music manager Blackstock have two children together: River, 3, and Remington, 18 months. Blackstock also has two children, Savannah and Seth, from a former relationship.
Clarkson explained that Savannah, 16, is newly passionate about politics — for good reason. “I think she’s legit frightened right now,” the singer said. “We said [to Savannah], ‘Hey, in a couple of years, you’re going to vote. Don’t just do what we’re doing. Look up, watch their speeches, who are they? Believe people the first time they tell you who they are. Don’t think they’re going to change. And just be informed.’ That’s the best advice I can give anyone.”
We love Clarkson’s advice to her stepdaughter — and we admire her ability to address a terrible yet important subject in an accessible, proactive way with her kids.