Kelly Clarkson had some notable moments this summer, like her first Emmy award and her popular “Kellyoke” videos, but it came during a time of personal conflict.
The pop star didn’t mince words when she spoke to Willie Geist on Sunday TODAY about filing for divorce from her nearly seven-year-old husband in June.
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“I mean, it’s not a secret,” he said. “My life has been a bit of a dumpster … personally, it̵
“I’ve talked to friends who got divorced. I don’t know how people do it without having some kind of outlet because it’s the absolute worst thing for everyone involved.”
Clarkson, 38, filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock in June, citing “irreconcilable differences” and seeking joint custody of their two children, River Rose, 6, and son, Remington, 4.
He is pouring out his emotions about parting with Blackstock on his new album, which he plans to release next year.
“This will probably be the most personal I’ve ever released,” he said. “And the whole record is basically every emotion you feel from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now or where it is now, and it has been very therapeutic for me.”
Clarkson’s children have already had a preview.
“It’s very honest. There’s one my kids sing in the car,” he said. “I’m going through the mixes and I’m like, ‘This is weird.’ Like, it’s your relationship. I’ve never written about my life where my kids sing. “
He appears to have maintained a cordial relationship with Blackstock, whom he thanked after winning his first Emmy for outstanding entertainment talk show host for “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” The award came just weeks after she filed for divorce.
She credited Blackstock, who was her manager and is the son of her former manager, for encouraging her to pursue a career on television.
“Thanks a lot to @BBlackstock for believing in me and convincing me to do the @KellyClarksonTV program and @lifeofT for being the greatest friend / assistant #BestEmilyICouldHaveAskedFor,” she tweeted.
Clarkson also spoke to Willie about how he discovered the “crazy” news of winning an Emmy in the inaugural year of his talk show.
“I completely forgot there were Emmys,” she said. “I’m sitting there playing Legos with my son. My executive producer Alex calls me and says,” You’re the best presenter. “And I said” Thank you. “
“And I was having a pretty rough week, and I literally almost started crying, because I was like, ‘This is just the cutest thing to call someone out of nowhere and be nice.’ And she said to me, “No, no, no, no. You won the Emmy for Outstanding … “and I was,” What ?! “
One segment that has become a fan favorite of her show is her “Kellyoke” performances where she covers songs from everyone from Whitney Houston to the White Stripes.
“I’m so used to covering songs,” she told Willie. “It’s so innate in me to try and do something different.”
Between working on new music, preparing for the return of his talk show on September 21, serving as a judge on the next season of “The Voice” and now replacing Simon Cowell as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” Clarkson has had a full plate. It will also host next month’s Billboard Music Awards.