Kelly Clarkson Has an Immediate Answer for If She’s Still Friends With Her Exes

The singer and TV host shared some details on a new segment of her show.
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson.

Kelly Clarkson shared her take on the age-old question: can you stay friends with an ex?

The country music star, who won the first season of American Idol in 2002, recently chatted with rapper Common on a new segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show. While the actor and rapper more or less said that yes, he reaches friendship status with most exes a few months after the breakup, the TV show host had a polarizingly opposite opinion.

“I’ve been friends with a lot of exes that I’ve had, and they’ve been long relationships. Most of them end pretty good, I mean, we we go through stuff at the beginning of the breakup, but then, once we come to our grounds, it’s like we’re both good people, we cool people,” Common, 51, explained.

“Are you friends with any of your exes?” he then asked the mom of two.

“No,” she replied immediately, and began laughing, as the live audience cheered. “I mean I’m not not friends. I’m cool with [most of them]. I only have a couple that I’m like ‘hard pass.’ I don’t have many exes, but a couple of them are cool people—there’s nothing wrong with them. I just feel like it can get awkward, it depends on who ended it ... it’s situational. [But] mostly no. No common ground there.”

Clarkson, 41, and ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, 47, were married for nearly seven years before they got divorced in May 2022. The pair share two kids, River Rose and Remington Alexander.

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