Kelly Clarkson was struggling emotionally in the weeks leading up to her divorce filing.
In an interview published Wednesday by Glamour UK — which was conducted four weeks ago — Clarkson, 38, spoke about her state of mind while trying to juggle work and parenting during quarantine.
“Honestly, I have been on an emotional roller coaster,” the singer told the publication. “This has been really hard as a working parent, because I’m still doing all the same jobs. It’s been exhausting honestly, cooking every meal and cleaning nonstop after toddlers and teenagers! Everybody’s learning from home now and the teaching! So, everything has been crazy.”
A rep for Glamour UK confirmed to Page Six that the Grammy winner was interviewed four weeks ago, around May 20. She filed for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock on June 4.
In the new interview, Clarkson did not discuss her marriage of nearly seven years and did not specify whether some of her inner turmoil was related to marital issues.
However, the “Voice” judge and talk show host opened up about feeling pressured to be an “amazing” stay-at-home mom while still working.
Clarkson and Blackstock, 43, share 6-year-old daughter River Rose and 4-year-old son Remington. She also helped look after her two teenage stepchildren.
“Well, especially in this time, I’ve definitely reminded people that I work with I’m doing the best I can,” Clarkson said. “I’m literally holding down so many things right now. Not only jobs, but even things where we usually had a lot more help.”
While the celebrity mom recognized that her family is “fortunate,” she said she tries her best to be a hands-on parent because she has “abandonment issues” and doesn’t want to “pass those down.”
The “Piece by Piece” singer has been open about the fact that her father was not very present in her life.
“There are always things that happen that come up that bum you out, but at the same time you’ve got to recognise at some point though, that it’s made you who you are,” Clarkson told Glamour. “You are thankful and I’m a very strong individual. I’m very confident and I’ve been forced to find that in myself. I’ve been forced to at a very early age.”
She added, “At some point, I say thank you to my father, who passed away last year. But I thank him as I wouldn’t have been able to be all that I am right now without all of that. So, you just take your cards you’re dealt, and you do the best you can with them.”
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