More information has come out about what may have led to Kelly Clarkson's decision to file for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock, along with Clarkson's own comments about her emotional state in quarantine. People reported this morning that quarantine really was the breaking point for the couple, who wed nearly seven years ago.
A source told People that "it was a stressful time. [Quarantining in Montana] exacerbated any issues."
A second source said that the two had been acting more like friends "for a while," and work strained their relationship. Blackstock is Clarkson's manager. "Things had changed in their marriage, and the split was a while coming," that source said. "They both work so hard. It's nearly impossible to enjoy each other, especially with the children needing constant attention."
Blackstock and Clarkson have two children together, five year old daughter River Rose and four-year-old son Remington Alexander. Blackstock's two children from a previous marriage also quarantined with them.
Clarkson spoke to Glamour UK from quarantine about how she was doing in a newly released interview seemingly conducted before she filed for divorce. Clarkson is back in Los Angeles now, People reported today, where she's focusing on work and her children.
"Honestly, I have been on an emotional roller coaster," Clarkson said of her time isolating. "This has been really hard as a working parent, because I'm still doing all the same jobs. It's been exhausting honestly, cooking every meal and cleaning nonstop after toddlers and teenagers! Everybody's learning from home now and the teaching! So, everything has been crazy."
She also spoke about having abandonment issues (Clarkson's dad left her when she was just six).
"I don't think you get rid of that," she said. "I have people in my life that suffer from addiction to certain things and that doesn't go away. It's always there. It's just navigating your life around that existence in your life. You don't ever one day wake up and are like, 'Okay, I'm totally cool with the fact that I have major abandonment issues because horrible things happened.' That’s why I write songs about it and you connect with all these people that you don't know. Or even an artist, as on my team right now on The Voice, we have a very similar background and it's nice to be able to look at her and go, 'Look, you don't ever get over that.' It's always going to present itself. You get married and you're like, 'Oh, I have no one for the dance or to walk me down the aisle. You know what? I'm not going to get married, just going to elope.'"
"There are always things that happen that come up that bum you out, but at the same time you've got to recognize at some point though, that it's made you who you are," Clarkson continued. "You are thankful, and I'm a very strong individual. I'm very confident, and I've been forced to find that in myself. I've been forced to at a very early age. At some point, I say thank you to my father, who passed away last year. But I thank him as I wouldn't have been able to be all that I am right now without all of that. So, you just take your cards you're dealt, and you do the best you can with them."
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