Honesty hour. Kelly Clarkson opened up about how she’s been coping amid her divorce from estranged husband Brandon Blackstock during an interview on the Sunday Today show.

“I mean, it’s no secret. My life has been a little bit of a dumpster the last like, personally, it’s been a little hard,” Kelly, 38, said on Sunday, September 13. “So the last couple [of] months, I’ve been talking to friends who have been through [a] divorce. I don’t know how people go through that without having some kind of outlet. Because it is the worst thing ever, for everyone involved.”

In Touch confirmed the American Idol alum filed for divorce from Brandon, 43, after nearly seven years of marriage. Kelly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for her split from Brandon, who is also her manager.  The former couple shares two kids together: daughter River, 6, and son Remy, 4. Kelly was also a stepmother to Brandon’s daughter Savannah Blackstock and son Seth Blackstock from his previous marriage to Melissa Ashworth.

The daytime talk show host recently told the Los Angeles Times she won’t be “able to be truly open” about “certain aspects” about her divorce in order to protect her family’s children. But in the months since her divorce filing, the “Since U Been Gone” singer has been channeling her energy into writing music for her upcoming album, which is due out in 2021. She says fans will get to see a different side of her and reveals she will share some of her perspective of the divorce process through her songs.

“This next record will probably the most personal one I’ve ever released,” she revealed. “The whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now and it’s been very therapeutic for me.”

“It’s very honest. There’s one that my kids sing in the car, cause I’m going through mixes, and I’m just like, ‘This is weird,’” she said with a laugh. “Like, it’s a relationship. I’ve never written about my life to where my kids are like, singing along.”

When asked if River and Remy understand what they’re singing along to, Kelly said, “No.” She added, “They’re 4 and 6. So, you know, that’s a little different. But, whatever. It’s what it is.”

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