Kelly Clarkson Discusses How Divorce Impacts Family: "It's Your Babies You Worry About"

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As Kelly Clarkson navigates her divorce from Brandon Blackstock, their kids — River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4 — are her first concern. On Tuesday, the singer opened up about dealing with a public split while also being a mother on The Kelly Clarkson Show. "It's horrible," she admitted. "There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids. That's the hardest for me."

Kelly asked for insight from author Glennon Doyle (who went through her own divorce in 2016) about the hardest part for her own family. Glennon responded with some valuable words of wisdom, drawing from her own experience. "I stayed in a broken marriage for my children, and one day I was looking at my daughter and I thought, 'Oh my god, I am staying in this marriage for her. But would I want this marriage for her?'" she said. "'If I don't want this marriage for her, why am I modeling bad love and calling that good mothering?'"

Glennon's comments struck Kelly and guest Alicia Keys, who was visibly impacted by her words. "We've all been trained to believe a good mother is a liar," Glennon continued. "I didn't leave a marriage in spite of being a good mother. I left because I am a good mother."

Kelly told Glennon she resonated with this feeling while reading her book Untamed, and it emboldened her to "make a step" in her own relationship. "Not just for me, but also for my current husband. This isn't happiness for both of us. Both of us deserve better. Neither one of us would want this for our children." Catch Kelly and Glennon's conversation about divorce starting at the 2:05 mark above.