Kelly Clarkson's fans were shocked when, a few months ago, news came that she and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, were splitting up.
Since then, the singer's spoken about her divorce in several interviews because, she says, she's hoping to help others who are going through the same thing.
During an interview with Extra, she explained why she feels the need to be transparent about what she's going through. "I have a great family and friends that are there for me … It’s a very hard thing to navigate, to be able to be honest and share your story, so maybe you can help someone else, but at the same time protecting these little kids you adore," she said.
She added, "We have a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists ‘cause we want to do it right … Everyone’s sad and it’s OK to be sad.”
Clarkson and Blackstock share two children: River, 6, and Remington, 4. Clarkson is also stepmother to Blackstock's two children from his previous marriage, Savannah and Seth.
In the same interview, Clarkson's fellow "Voice" coach Gwen Stefani, who herself went through a very public divorce a few years ago, noted that Clarkson's “doing a really good job" when it comes to handling her split in the glare of the spotlight.
"I think it’s hard to be a public person. Now you add in a family … they didn’t choose it," Stefani shared. She has three children with her ex-husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, and has been dating Blake Shelton for several years.
"Kelly and I have been talking about this a lot. We’re so lucky to have music as an outlet for everything we all go through," Stefani added. "Music is such therapy when you’re a writer.”