Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock in June 2020. The divorce was finalized in March 2022.
Clarkson and Blackstock share two children, daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander.
From the get-go, Clarkson has been incredibly open about the emotional toll of her divorce. She told Sunday Today‘s Willie Geist, “I don’t know how people go through [divorce] without having some kind of outlet because it is the worst thing ever for everyone involved.”
During the same interview, which was filmed in 2020, Clarkson said she was channeling her emotions into music. She was in the beginning stages of making an album inspired by her divorce:
“The whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now or where it is now, and it’s been very therapeutic for me,” she said.
But two years have passed since Clarkson gave that interview. So is she still working on that album?
Clarkson answered that question in a recent interview with Variety. She’s working on preparing her post-divorce album, which will contain many of the songs she wrote in the immediate aftermath of her filing for divorce:
“My producer and I were laughing yesterday because I was like, ‘Remember that time we wrote, like, 25 songs in a week?’ A lot of those are the ones that are on the album,” Clarkson recalled.
If she has all of these songs, why did Clarkson wait to release this new album? As she explained, she wanted to get through that initial pain and come out on the other side first:
“I literally wrote most of these almost two years ago. Then I told my label, ‘I can’t talk about this until I’ve gone through it,’ and it’s just taken some time to do that,” she said.
Clarkson said she intends to release the album next year. She also hopes she’ll be able to fit a tour into her busy schedule so she can share her new music with her fans live.
We’re looking forward to hearing Clarkson’s new album. Based on what she had to say, it’s sure to be emotional.
Head below to watch a clip of Clarkson talking about “The Dance” with Garth Brooks on The Kelly Clarkson Show in December 2020. She told Brooks “The Dance” helped her get through her divorce, and inspired her to write a song about her own heartbreak. We wonder if that song will appear on her new album?