Kelly Clarkson Opened Up About Her Struggles with Depression in Honest Conversation with Demi Lovato

Tierney McAfee

From Country Living

  • Kelly Clarkson spoke about her "daily" struggle with depression during an interview with Demi Lovato on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

  • Kelly emphasized that depression is not something you simply "overcome," but rather something that takes continuous work to combat.

Kelly Clarkson is once again bravely baring her soul to fans.

The singer opened up about her struggles with depression in an honest conversation with fellow singer Demi Lovato on Wednesday's episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Kelly began by telling Demi, "I love how open you are about mental health because I have similar issues, and I suffer from depression. I think a lot of people, especially in the creative world or just from childhood even, [are] kind of trained to just keep going and, 'You can handle it.' Especially as a woman it's like, 'Don't let them see you sweat.'"

The talk show host and coach on NBC's The Voice added that depression is not something you simply "overcome," but rather something that takes continuous work to combat.

"Even when you overcome something, [people] are like, 'Okay, she's already overcome it.' I'm like, 'No, no, that's a daily effort in, like, trying to be positive….That's not, like, a given," Kelly explained. "Like, you're just over it, and you went to some magical therapy session, and it's over. I think that's a daily thing that you work at and a daily thing that I work at."

Kelly expressed similar sentiments in a recent interview about the "major abandonment issues" she's suffered since her father left her at age 6.

"I don't think you get rid of [abandonment issues]," she told Glamour UK magazine's Glamour Unfiltered talk show earlier this month. "That doesn't go away. It's always there. It's just navigating your life around that existence in your life. You don't ever one day wake up and are like, 'Okay, I'm totally cool with the fact that I have major abandonment issues because horrible things happened.'"

Demi, who has performed alongside Kelly in the past, thanked the singer for inspiring her to be so open and courageous about her own battles with mental health.

"You were, like, the first idol that I ever had, and I wouldn't be the artist or even the person that I am with being so outspoken, and vulnerable, and fearless if I hadn't had you to look up to," Demi said.

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