When Kelly Clarkson announced she was divorcing Brandon Blackstock back in June fans were sad, and so, of course, were Clarkson and Blackstock's two children, 4-year-old Remington and 6-year-old River, and Clarkson's stepchildren, teenagers Seth and Savannah
"There's a lot of hearts involved here," Clarkson recently told Entertainment Tonight.
In a year filled with so much external uncertainty thanks to the pandemic, Clarkson's kids and stepchildren were also seeing their family unit change. And their hearts hurt.
In a recent interview with Extra, Clarkson explained how she's helping Remington and River cope with this difficult transition. "We have a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists because we want to do it right...I definitely want to do it right."
Navigating the world of divorce and co-parenting is so hard, and it's awesome that Clarkson has some professional help in her corner, making sure her kids have the support they need and can feel their feelings. "Everyone's sad—and it's okay to be sad," Clakson shared.
Clarkson has publicly stated that she didn't see the end of her marriage of seven years coming, but something happened that forever changed her relationship with Blackstock.
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Clarkson and Blackstock both come from families impacted by divorce, and that's one reason why Clarkson got her kids into therapy early. She understands that having a mom in the public eye adds another layer to the sting of divorce, and that's why she's not talking publicly about what ended her marriage while encouraging her kids to talk privately to their therapists.
"I'm usually very open, and I usually talk about everything," Clarkson said on her talk show. "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."