What Advice Did Jill Biden Give Kelly Clarkson On Surviving Her Divorce?

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Kelly Clarkson recently interviewed First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on her talk show. The women talked about a variety of subjects, including their experiences with divorce.

Dr. Biden was previously married before she and President Joe Biden wed in 1977. She gave Kelly some advice about moving forward after divorce, as the singer is currently going through the same thing.

Dr. Jill Biden Tells Kelly Clarkson About Her Divorce

Kelly told Dr. Biden that she loved reading her book Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself, particularly the parts where she discussed her experience with divorce.

“You wrote about having to release what you thought a family was after getting divorced,” Kelly said. “And I’m going through that now … I can’t even imagine doing it again. I can’t imagine being married again.”


Kelly notes that in Dr. Biden’s book, she says it took five times before she finally said yes to marrying President Biden. Dr. Biden said, “It took me at least a year to get on my feet again.”

“I didn’t know anybody that had been divorced,” she said. “I felt like it was a failure on my part. I lost my self esteem, because I kept thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? Why couldn’t I make this work?'”

Dr. Biden’s Advice For Kelly During Divorce

“This is what I would say to you if I were your mother,” Dr. Biden told Kelly. “My mother always said to me, ‘Things are gonna look better tomorrow.’ And if you can take one day at a time, and things will get better.”

“I look back on it now,” she continued, “and I think, you know, if I hadn’t gotten divorced, I never would have met Joe. I wouldn’t have the beautiful family I have now. So I really think things happen for the best.”


Dr. Biden also spoke about losing son Beau Biden to cancer. “I prayed every day that he was gonna live,” she said. “I felt like he was such a special person, that God would let him live.”

She added that it was hard for her to keep her faith after Beau died. She said it helped her to find a prayer partner. “It really helped me find my faith again,” she said.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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