Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson says The Chicks friendships helped her through divorce

Divorce is not an easy street as those who have been there will admit.

For Kelly Clarkson and The Chicks, the healing power of female friendship is more than just a bunch of girl talk.

USA Today reports that during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” Monday, the 12-time Grammy-winning country group caught up with Clarkson on their upcoming tour and most recent album, “Gaslighter.” After talking about the catharsis of writing honest music, Clarkson asked the ladies how they each navigated the emotional difficulty of their divorces.

“We all went through divorces,” Clarkson said. “How did you each find strength? And not just music – I think it’s therapeutic – but, like, your female friendships? I feel like that has really helped me.”

The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, was founded by multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer, in 1989, later bringing in lead singer Natalie Maines.

Clarkson, the paper adds, filed for divorce from then-husband Brandon Blackstock in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

The former couple’s divorce has been marked by legal battles, including a labour dispute over Clarkson’s management fees under Blackstock’s firm, as well as a custody battle over their two children, daughter River and son Remington. Clarkson was awarded primary custody of the children in November 2020.

The platinum-selling pop star previously said her friendships have been helpful in navigating her split from Blackstock.

“I’ve been talking to friends that have been through a divorce,” said Clarkson during an appearance on the “Today” show in 2020. “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.” 



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