Kelly Clarkson reveals how her young children are coping a year on from Brandon Blackstock divorce

Kelly Clarkson  (Getty Images)
Kelly Clarkson (Getty Images)

Kelly Clarkson has given a heartbreaking insight into how her children are coping following her divorce from their dad Brandon Blackstock.

The former American Idol winner, 40, and talent manager Blackstock, 46, share children River Rose, eight, and six-year-old Remington Alexander.

They announced that they were separating in 2020 after seven years of marriage and finalised their divorce in March 2022.

Appearing on The Angie Martinez IRL Podcast, Clarkson told how every evening they set aside special time where she asks her children how they are feeling and if they are not happy, what she can do to help them.

The Voice coach said: “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 mummy and daddy were in the same house.’”

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock finalised their divorce in March 2022 (Getty Images)
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock finalised their divorce in March 2022 (Getty Images)

Going on to say that she appreciates them feeling that they can be so honest with her, she continued: “I’m raising that kind of individual. I want you to be honest with me.”

Clarkson also said that coming from a broken home herself as her parents divorced when she was six years old, she can understand where they are coming from.

She said: “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.’

“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.”