Fans Think Kelly Clarkson's Latest Kellyoke Is a Nod to Her Divorce

Monica Chon
Photo credit: Youtube / The Kelly Clarkson Show
Photo credit: Youtube / The Kelly Clarkson Show

From Oprah Magazine

The Kelly Clarkson Show host is back in sunny Los Angeles after quarantining at her family Montana ranch—and she's serving up some of her award-winning vocals in her latest "Kellyoke" series.

Famed for her empowering hit breakup songs like "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson chose to cover Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" amid news reports of her divorce from husband Brandon Blackstone after nearly seven years of marriage.

"It's a complicated time. It's a time to reflect, listen and connect with each other alright," the 38-year-old singer starts off the video. "But sometimes we also need to balance it and take time for ourselves." She proceeded to hit every note while belting out the lyrics: "For five long years / I thought you were my man / But I found out / I'm just a link in your chain / You got me where you want me / I ain't nothin' but your fool / Ya treated me mean / Oh you treated me cruel."

"I love Aretha! Hope I did it some kind of justice," the America's Got Talent winner said as she finished up her rendition. Fans in the comments seemed to wholeheartedly agree that she did. "I'm running out of compliments Kelly. U r def a national treasure and should be treated as such," wrote another.

Other fans couldn't help but speculate that the choice of song had something to do with her recent divorce news. "I might be wrong, of course, but this seems like a distinct message," noted a Youtube commenter. "There's some heartbreak," wrote another.

She also had messages of support from her fans who made it clear they were on her side. "Sounds like she found out something bad. 😭. She’s such a good person," wrote one commenter, while another shared the following: "If this song is a casual message to her husband then I just want to say I love a petty betty!"

Whether or not the song choice was intended to convey a meaning, we think the "Miss Independent" singer absolutely nailed the vocals. Watch Franklin's version below for a refresh on the imitable talent's original.

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