Kelly Clarkson Explains How Motherhood Impacted Her New Album “Chemistry”

Kelly Clarkson is getting ready to drop her first album in five years this month, and she’s been on quite a journey during this time. Chemistry will be her most personal album to date, and she revealed she was hesitant to release a post-divorce record as a mom.

Clarkson recently set down with Nancy O’Dell on TalkShopLive to discuss her upcoming tenth studio album Chemistry, inspired by her divorce from Brandon Blackstock. The duo separated in 2020, after being married for seven years and welcoming two children together: daughter River Rose (8) and son Remington Alexander (7).

Clarkson wrote a lot of new music over the course of the past two years, and it helped her process her breakup. She considered not releasing some of the songs for the sake of her kids, but she eventually decided she wants to be honest with them about the way she feels.

“We’re adults … we understand feelings, and we understand that a lot of these songs are moments, not forever. But it’s hard when you have kids and you’re like, ‘How do I address this?’ I don’t polish my life and show it to my children. They see it as a whole, which I think is healthier,” the singer explained.