Kelly Clarkson isn’t rushing into another relationship anytime soon. As a single mother to her 9-year-old daughter, River Rose, and 7-year-old son, Remington Alexander, whom she shares with her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, 47, the 41-year-old singer emphasizes that her life is already full. Having recently relocated from Los Angeles to New York City for the fifth season of her successful talk show, she feels content with her family, friends, and career responsibilities.
“I adore my kids. My family and friends, my work—I have all these wonderful aspects that are thriving,” she shares. “Everything is going really well.”
Clarkson, who penned the songs on her latest album, Chemistry, amid the dissolution of her nearly seven-year marriage to Blackstock, her former manager, acknowledges the challenges of love. Despite her experiences, she sees love as a complex emotion that doesn’t always last forever. She reflects on the difficulty of recognizing when a relationship is not healthy and the growth that comes from facing such realities.
While she is open to the possibility of meeting someone new, Clarkson has no intention of tying the knot again. “No. I never had a desire to marry the first time,” she reveals. Explaining that her ex-husband valued marriage due to his children and religious beliefs, she contrasts her perspective by avoiding placing undue significance on marriage. Having witnessed divorces in her family, she is particularly cautious and emphasizes that, for her children’s sake, she wouldn’t consider remarriage until they are no longer in her care.
As for the prospect of dating, Clarkson humorously dismisses it as awkward and describes herself as being skilled at being single until her thirties. She asserts the importance of a potential partner having their own fulfilling life and not relying on her for validation. In her current state, she finds joy in her independence and is not actively seeking a relationship. “I’m really content right now; I’m enjoying myself,” she declares with a laugh.