Kelly Clarkson, the acclaimed artist behind “Breakaway,” is bidding farewell to the glitzy world of Los Angeles in favor of the vibrant atmosphere of the Big Apple.
The 41-year-old singer openly confessed to USA Today that she initially had reservations about her decision, saying, “I’ll be real honest: I thought I was making a horrible decision. I knew I needed a fresh start and couldn’t be in LA.”
Before settling in New York, the host of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” revealed her desire to move to Montana. However, practical considerations led her to the realization that New York was the more suitable option for her.
For its fifth season, the Grammy-winning artist shifted her daytime show to the East Coast, primarily because her studio is situated in the iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Clarkson, now in her forties, shared her priorities for her new residence, saying, “At this point, I’m 40 years old. Mama rented something nice! I was like, ‘I’m not living here unless it’s right by the park and really nice for the kids.'”
This move comes on the heels of her divorce from Brandon Blackstock. The two tied the knot in 2013 and went their separate ways in 2020, following seven years of marriage. They have two children together, River Rose and Remy.
Kelly Clarkson noted that her divorce played a significant role in her decision to leave Los Angeles. However, she also revealed that she has found a renewed sense of happiness since putting her divorce behind her, saying, “… full disclosure, I put on a smile a lot of those times because I was struggling a lot in my personal life. I’ve learned a lot about what I’m capable of handling and also what you should not handle. That was me saying ‘bye’ to ‘The Voice’ and having this big move. I love that family, but I was like, ‘I’m struggling. I can’t smile anymore. I don’t feel like smiling.'”
It’s worth noting that Clarkson has been a part of the music competition show “The Voice” for nine seasons, appearing in Seasons 14 through 21, taking a brief hiatus, and returning for Season 23.