Kelly Clarkson has been candid about the tough year she’s had. There’s the pandemic, of course, but the singer, talk-show host, and coach on The Voice also split from her husband and the father of her two children, Brandon Blackstock, in June.
“You can ask anyone that’s gone through divorce, I don’t think anyone expects it. You know, you see yourself growing old with someone and then life has a different path,” she told Hoda Kotb on Today in September. “And it’s so hard on everyone. You know me, I’m really open, so it just…I try to be open and share because we all go through things and can help each other not feel alone.”
It should be no surprise that Clarkson has turned to music to help her through her toughest days. Garth Brooks appeared on her show in December, and she let him know how important his song called “The Dance” has been to her.
“I’m going through a divorce, and there’s been, like, a lot of books, and people always give you stuff to help, especially when you have kids and stuff,” she said. “And I know that you’ve been divorced as well. And it was like, man, there’s so much shame and guilt…and I don’t know, I’m just kind of working through it, and I couldn’t quite nail down the feeling.”
“You don’t want to, like, crap on it and say that didn’t count or matter, but you don’t know what to put in it because it didn’t work out how you wanted,” she continued. “Anyway, I kid you not, I was listening to my playlist and ‘The Dance’ came on and I was like, that’s the thing. That’s it…I got the point.”
With lyrics like this, it’s easy to see why it resonated with Kelly Clarkson and her current situation: “It’s my life / It’s better left to chance / I could have missed the pain / But I’da had to miss / The dance.”
Clarkson said the song even inspired her to write a “therapeutic” tune of her own that will be on her next album, which will definitely make us cry.