Season 29 of The Voice is about to begin, so the coaches have been doing some press to help promote it. Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani stopped by Extra for a virtual interview and Clarkson’s divorce was brought up.
The “Whole Lotta Woman” singer said, “I have a great family and friends that are there for me. … It’s a very hard thing to navigate, to be able to be honest and share your story, so maybe you can help someone else [by speaking up], but at the same time protecting these little kids you adore.”
One person who is included in this group of “family and friends” Clarkson is referring to is Stefani. Thanks to their job on The Voice and friendship with Blake Shelton, Clarkson and Stefani have grown close.
In the interview, Stefani said, “Kelly and I have been talking about this a lot. We’re so lucky to have music as an outlet for everything we all go through. Music is such therapy when you’re a writer.”
Stefani continued, “And, you know, to be able to be heartbroken or sad or whatever it is, it’s just fueling whatever her purpose is to be a songwriter, and a singer, and that will eventually contribute back into the world and that’s what her whole purpose is for. We all have to go through sad times, heartache, and if you look at it like, this is a test—we all have to go through this—that’s a good way to get to the other side, because everybody gets to the other side eventually.”
Stefani herself went through a public divorce while being a coach on the Emmy-winning singing competition series, so she does have experience navigating the waters.
Clarkson added that she’s doing everything she can to help her kids through the divorce.
“It’s just one day when you’re like, ‘Wow, this has forever changed,’ and it’s not just my heart [that] has changed. There’s other little hearts, too,” she said. “We have a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists because we want to do it right. Everyone’s sad and it’s okay to be sad.”
Stefani applauded Clarkson, saying, “You’re doing a really great job. I think it’s hard to be a public person. Now you add in a family … They didn’t choose it.”
We’re so happy Kelly has someone like Gwen to confide in. Watch the interview below.