Kelly Clarkson on ‘Blessing’ of Creating New Music Post-Divorce

The singer-songwriter released her tenth studio album last June.
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson.

In a new interview with People, singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson revealed how her music got her through a tough time. The 41-year-old musician and her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, went through a tumultuous divorce in 2022, and her latest studio album, Chemistry, chronicles that chapter of her life.

“I didn’t see it other than: This is my outlet. I’m a let-go person; I don’t hold grudges,” Clarkson told the publication about writing her tenth studio album. “So it was really delving into what happened in my life and why—and what am I going to do about it?”

The 14-track record was released last June, and has been dominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

“I cannot express how appreciative I feel for having that kind of healthy outlet,” Clarkson continued. “Because the level of depression and things that come with divorce or grieving is extraordinarily hard. You feel alone, and it’s just a blessing to be able to have that outlet for those emotions that are overwhelming.”

While many have labeled Chemistry a “divorce” album, the mom of two has been adamant that it’s more than just that. 

“It was very important for me to not just have a divorce album. I wanted an entire relationship to be covered,” she told Variety in June. “You listen to ‘Magic’ and it’s like, man, I’m willing to do this for you. Like, we all have our own damage. I have mine too; I’ll share mine, you share yours; we can do this. It’s every stage of a relationship, and that was very important to me, rather than just having a breakup album.”

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