Kelly Clarkson Admits She ‘Definitely Didn’t See’ Her Divorce Coming

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Kelly Clarkson used the season premiere of her eponymous talk show to clear the air on her pending divorce from Brandon Blackstock. 

On Monday, the three-time Grammy winner returned to television for the first in-studio episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show in six months. In her opening monologue, she told the audience ― who were beamed in virtually ― that her year so far has been a “dumpster fire.”

“As you probably know, 2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life,” Kelly said. “Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came, but what I’m dealing with is hard — it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts.”

The Texas native filed for divorce from Blackstock in June, citing irreconcilable differences, though their separation date reportedly remains listed as TBD. 

The couple married in 2013 and share a 6-year-old daughter, River Rose, and a 4-year-old son, Remington Alexander. Kelly is also a stepmum to Brandon’s daughter Savannah, 18, and son Seth, 13, from his previous marriage to Melissa Ashworth.

Kelly Clarkson (right) filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock in June.

On Monday’s show, Kelly said she and Brandon both grew up in divorced families ― which is why they feel particularly guarded about how they discuss the split publicly and with their kids.

“We know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts,” the singer said. “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.”

It’s only in recent weeks that the singer has begun to address the split publicly. In an interview with Sunday Today earlier this month, the singer shared that she had been relying on close friends for support. And she told the Los Angeles Times the same week that she can’t “truly be open” about the breakup for the sake of her family.

On the flip side, this week Kelly said that she has already channeled many of those raw emotions into music, adding that fans can look forward to some new tunes in the near future.

“My mom told me to start writing and that’s actually how I get my feelings out,” she said. “That’s how I became a songwriter. Music has always been my outlet to help me get through difficult times, and this year I’ve been listening to a lot of music and I’ve also been writing a lot of music as well.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Make Election Plea In Rare Joint TV Appearance

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle discussed the importance of voting in the upcoming election and combating online negativity for the TIME100 special on ABC, which unveiled Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“We’re six weeks out from the election and today is Voter Registration Day,” the Duchess of Sussex said. “Every four years, we are told the same thing ― ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.”

“Your voice is a reminder that you matter,” Meghan added. “Because you do ― and you deserve to be heard.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk about the importance of voting in the TIME100 special.

The couple also spoke out against a cause they are passionate about: the spread of disinformation and hate speech online. 

As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity. What we consume, what we are exposed to and what we engage with online has a real effect on all of us,” the duke said.

It was the couple’s first joint television appearance since stepping back from the royal family.

“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future.

— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January, following a sabbatical in Canada, that they were stepping back as working members of the royal family.

The last time the Sussexes appeared on-screen together was for their ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which hinted at the couple’s troubles with the royal family and their role within The Firm prior to their subsequent step back. 

Since their royal duties officially drew to a close in March, the couple has settled down in Santa Barbara, California, and continued to volunteer within the Los Angeles community as well as stay in touch with patronages across the pond. 

The Duchess of Sussex has become particularly involved in getting people to vote in the upcoming US presidential election in November. Gloria Steinem revealed over the weekend that she and Meghan spent some time cold-calling voters together.

“The first thing we did ― and why she came to see me ― we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters,” Steinem said during an interview Sunday with Access Hollywood. “Said, ‘Hello I’m Meg’ and ‘Hello I’m Gloria’ and ‘Are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.”

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