“I mean, it’s no secret that my life has been a bit of a dumpster,” Clarkson said. “Personally, it has been a little difficult in the past couple of months.”
“I talked to friends who got divorced,” he added. “I don’t know how people deal with it without having some kind of outlet because it’s the absolute worst thing for everyone involved.”
Clarkson cited “irreconcilable differences” in his divorce petition from Blackstock, a music manager with whom he shares two young children, River Rose and Remington Alexander.
Clarkson and Blackstock have remained publicly friendly and she thanked him this year after winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for the first season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
He told “Today” that he channeled his emotions into his new album, due out next year, which he described as probably “the most personal I’ve ever released”.
“And the whole record is basically every emotion you feel from the beginning of a relationship to the end of who it is now or where it is now, and it has been very therapeutic for me,” Clarkson said.
Cowell was a judge on “American Idol,” the show that made Clarkson famous in 2002 after she became her first winner.