Kelly Clarkson Reveals Struggle to Release New Music After Divorce

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Former The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson recently opened up about the difficulties of putting out new music in the aftermath of her recent divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. Clarkson usually uses songwriting as an outlet, but she’s not sure how much to share.


Kelly Clarkson Struggling with Next Album After Divorce

Clarkson got candid in a recent interview on Apple Music 1’s The Chart Show with Brooke Reese. She spoke about her experience trying to make new music in the midst of her divorce, saying, “It’s been the hardest thing to navigate. I’ve never had this difficult of a project.”

The singer used the Billie Eilish song “Happier Than Ever” (which she recently covered on her new EP Kellyoke) as an example of an emotionally honest song that connects with people. She said she’s “navigating what I’m comfortable with releasing.”

“I’ve always had a hard time communicating,” Clarkson said, “and literally that’s how I became a writer at the age of 10, because my mom was like, ‘You need to quit bottling it up. And then you explode. You need to communicate better.’ And so I literally started writing to help me do that.”


Clarkson went on to promise that new music is “coming,” adding, “I just got to get my crap together!”

SEE ALSO: KELLY CLARKSON SETTLES DIVORCE FROM BRANDON BLACKSTOCK, WILL PAY $1.3 MILLION PLUS SUPPORT

Clarkson’s Last Non-Holiday Album Was in 2017

It’s been a while since Clarkson released her last studio album that wasn’t Christmas music — as much as we love 2021 release When Christmas Comes Around. Before that, her last album was 2017’s Meaning of Life. Fans are definitely ready to hear something new.


Clarkson whet our appetites earlier this year by releasing an EP of cover songs, inspired by the regular Kellyoke segment on her talk show. Songs on the project include “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt and “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead.

The singer is keeping busy with the Emmy-winning Kelly Clarkson Show. However, she won’t be returning to the coaching panel on The Voice this season, so that might free up some time for her to work on new music. Fingers crossed we’ll hear it soon.

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