Kelly Clarkson "Didn't See" Her Divorce Coming

And she has some breakup music recommendations.

After seven years of marriage, Kelly Clarkson announced that she and Brandon Blackstock would be divorcing back in June. And while fans may be accustomed to her being open and frank about anything and everything in her life, she says that she's taking a step back for the sake of her children — she and Blackstock have two children together: River, 6, and Remington, 4; and Blackstock has two children from a previous marriage — and keeping a few things private. However, during the season premiere for her talk show, Clarkson admitted that she was blindsided by the entire situation.

"I'm so glad I can still connect with all of you in my studio because, as you probably know, 2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life," she said. "Definitely didn't see anything coming that came."

Kelly Clarkson
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She added that since she and Blackstock both come from divorced families, they know that it can be a difficult time for kids, so they'll be keeping details under wraps.

"What I'm dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids," Clarkson added. "Divorce is never easy. We're both from divorced families, so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts."

Clarkson explained that she'll offer a bit of insight, but for the most part, fans shouldn't expect a play-by-play of the legal proceedings and the settlement.

"I'm usually very open and I usually talk about everything, but in this case, I will talk a little bit here and there about how it affects me personally, but probably won't go too far into it because I'm a mama bear and my kids come first," she said. "Although I do love you all."

She noted that many of the people watching her have probably gone through the situation, as well, noting that being involved with a divorce is something that connects people, even though it's not an ideal situation for anyone.

"It's OK because it matters. It was something important," she explains. "I know a lot of you at home unfortunately have probably been through it, either as a kid or just as yourself in your own relationships. I feel you! And it is a bad connection to have with people."

Clarkson added that she's listening to Bigger Love, John Legend's new album to get her through the heartache. He happened to be a guest on the show, so she made sure he knew just how much she appreciated it.

"I started this show saying, 'Hey, my personal life is kind of like [mimes explosion],' and so, I'm just saying, if this album can be so great for someone like me who's really wanting some Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morisette right now, it's a great album," she said.

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