During the premiere, the American Idol alum, 38, kicked off the episode by addressing the obvious elephant in the room to the virtual audience in the studio. "I'm so glad I can still connect with all of you in my studio because, as you probably know, 2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life," she admitted to the crowd, who appeared on screens scattered throughout the set. "[I] definitely didn't see anything coming that came."
"What I'm dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart. It involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids," Clarkson said in reference to her children: River, 6, and Remington, 4, as well as Blackstock's children from his previous relationship, Savannah and Seth. "Divorce is never easy. We're both from divorced families, so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts."
Clarkson said that she won't share too many details about the split because of the children, but she will touch on it throughout filming. "I'm usually very open and I usually talk about everything, but in this case, I will talk a little bit here and there about how it affects me personally, but probably won't go too far into it because I'm a mama bear and my kids come first," she explained. "Although I do love you all."
Still, The Voice judge went on to calm any worries and revealed that she is doing "okay" amid the entire process. "It's OK because it matters. It was something important," she continued. "I know a lot of you at home unfortunately have probably been through it, either as a kid or just as yourself in your own relationships. I feel you! And it is a bad connection to have with people."
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