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Kelly Clarkson’s kids tell her they 'wish mommy and daddy were in the same house' after divorce: 'It kills me'

Kelly Clarkson is getting real about the impact divorce has had on her two young children, River, 8, and Remi, 6. The singer and Brandon Blackstock divorced in 2022.

Kelly Clarkson is getting candid about how divorce has affected her family.

On Monday, Clarkson was a guest on "Angie Martinez's IRL Podcast," explaining that her children, River, 8, and Remi, 6, have had a hard time adjusting to life without their dad, Brandon Blackstock, in the house.

"I literally ask my kids every night when we're snuggling, 'Are you happy?' And if you're not, what could make you happier?" Clarkson began. 

"Sometimes they'll say — especially the past two years, a lot of it, and it kills me and I want them to be honest, so I don't ever say, 'Oh God, don't tell me that' — but a lot of times it would be like, 'You know, I'm just really sad. I wish mommy and daddy were in the same house.' And they're really honest about it. And I'm raising that kind of individual."

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Clarkson grew up in a split household, so she understands the emotions her children are going through.

"I just sit there, and I'm like, 'I get it. I'm from a divorced family as well. I get it. That sucks. But we're going to work it out. And you are so loved by both of us,'" Clarkson said. "I think communicating with them and not treating them — not treating them like an adult, because they're not — but not treating them like a child. They're not small feelings. Those are huge feelings, and those are huge emotions."

The talk show host explained that even though her son and daughter are very young, they are still "very independent."

"I think I am my mother's child, and I'm raising very independent children," Clarkson said. "They will be out the door as soon as they're able and capable. They're very independent."

During the podcast appearance, Clarkson shared what led her to file for divorce from Blackstock in 2020.

She said reading an excerpt of the book "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle several years ago eventually led her to the decision after "years" of wavering. The piece of text that stuck out to Clarkson was the author asking if she would want her daughter to be in a marriage like her own.

"It just changed the perspective on that," Clarkson said, expanding on the excerpt. "I am a way better parent when I take care of myself — the oxygen mask mentality, right? And you do have to take care of yourself in order for that to trickle down."

After a messy split, Blackstock and Clarkson finalized their divorce in March 2022 after almost seven years of marriage.

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She admitted that Blackstock was her first love. 

"My kids ask me all the time, 'So you don't love him anymore?' I'm like, 'No, I don't know if that goes away,'" Clarkson said.

Heartbreak will be a prominent theme in Clarkson's next album. 

"Every phase is on my next record. There is sadness. There is rage. It's a lot because you go through all those emotions. If you don't hit all those, were you really in it? ... I was destroyed, like, on the ground, crying. That's a loss. It's a death," she said.

Speaking on her future love life, Clarkson admitted she would "love to fall in love" but she'll "never" remarry. The star has previously opened up about her decision on not wanting to tie the knot again.

"I don't want another dude in my house with my children," she explained. "I really do truly love being single "I like my bed. I like my routine."

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