Kelly Clarkson Says Her Life Just ‘Gets Better’ With Age

The singer and talk show host recently chatted with actor Mario Lopez about aging.
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson.

Kelly Clarkson isn’t afraid to get older. She’s getting wiser and aging gracefully, and her life just keeps getting better. The singer, who rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol in 2002, chatted with actor and TV host Mario Lopez on a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show.

“I can’t believe this, I’m kind of angry about it, but I heard you just turned 50... whatever, genetics,“ the 40-year-old said to Lopez. “You look incredible.”

The audience applauded and cheered as Clarkson commended that Lopez doesn’t look his age, despite having celebrated his milestone birthday last October.

“I feel like my life gets better, the older I get,” she continued. “I think [age] is a blessing. Not everybody gets to grow old. And, 50 is so young now.”

“50 is the new 30,” Lopez agreed, and noted that this marked his 40th year in the industry. His first gig was at the age of 10 on ABC comedy series a.k.a. Pablo.

Clarkson, a three-time Grammy Award winner, released her 10th studio album, Chemistry, last June.

“This [was] my outlet. I’m a let-go person; I don’t hold grudges. So it was really delving into what happened in my life and why—and what am I going to do about it?” she told People in a new cover story about the 14-track record. “I cannot express how appreciative I feel for having that kind of healthy outlet. 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.”

Clarkson and producer Brandon Blackstock were married from 2013 to 2021 and share two kids, Remington and River.

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Ananya Panchal


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