Kelly Clarkson wanted a fresh start after leaving husband Brandon Blackstock — and that started at home.
The “Stronger” singer, 38, talked about divorce with Fran Drescher on Tuesday’s The Kelly Clarkson Show and the women bonded over how they tried to find peace amid the chaos.
“I just want to tell you, when I bought this house, I was getting a divorce from my first husband and I was still on the show The Nanny and my life was very complicated and intense and busy,” Drescher shared. “I needed something that was extremely calming and very pristine to make me feel very peaceful.”
“You literally, just — it’s like you were in my last therapy session,” Clarkson laughed. “I got a new house, it’s very white and clean, the same reasoning. And I also redid my office here. I looked at Kevin in our art department and I was like, ‘Please help me make this make sense.’ I was like, ‘I need to feel cleansed.’ I just wanted to feel happy and it does, the colors make me feel really good.”
Drescher was married to writer and producer Peter Marc Jacobson for nearly 20 years. He publicly came out as gay after their relationship ended. She said the divorce actually changed her life for the better.
“I just want to tell you that now that everything’s done and years have passed, we’re actually very happily divorced,” Drescher said, referencing the show they co-created Happily Divorced. Although it was painful at first, the actress shared with Clarkson advice she was given at the time.
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Just take what’s good about it and nurture the love in a new way, I think, is probably the healthiest if you can do it,” she explained.
Clarkson and Blackstock are in the midst of a contentious divorce after six years of marriage. The Voice coach was recently awarded primary custody of their children — River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4 — and she has been opening up a bit more about the painful split.
“It's horrible. There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids,” she said last week on her daytime talkshow. “I always think as women we’re trained to take it all on and you can deal with it and you’re fine. But it’s your babies that you worry about.”
Clarkson has been candid about therapy, revealing her kids are speaking to someone to help them during this transition.
“We have a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists because we want to do it right,” she told Extra. “I definitely want to do it right… everyone’s sad — and it’s OK to be sad.”
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