Kelly Clarkson addressed her recent split from Brandon Blackstock during the premiere of her Emmy-winning talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, on Monday, September 21, after a six-month hiatus.

“As you probably know, 2020 has brought a lot of change, also to my personal life,” the show host said to the virtual audience, referring to her separation from the 43-year-old after almost seven years together. “Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came, but what I’m dealing with is hard — it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts.”

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The songstress, who previously described her life as “a bit of a dumpster” amid her divorce, shares daughter River Rose, 6, and son Remington Alexander, 4, with the music manager. Blackstock has two other children — Savannah, 18, and Seth, 13 — from his previous marriage.

Even though the 38-year-old is “usually very open” and talks “about everything,” she noted that she wants to protect her kids this time. “[I] will talk a little bit here and there about how it affects me personally,” she stated. “But probably won’t go too far into it because I’m a mama bear and my kids come first.”

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The ‘I Dare You’ singer — who filed for divorce on June 4 due to “irreconcilable differences” — and her ex both come from divorced families, giving them a unique perspective on how to handle and address the split with their young toddlers. “We know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts,” the blonde beauty shared during her talk show.

The Grammy winner also disclosed how she has been doing during this difficult time period. “Everybody keeps asking, ‘Are you OK?’ And I am — the answer is yes,” she said. In fact, the musician has been turning to music to help her heal. “When I got upset when I was a kid I had a problem saying how I felt and my mom told me to start writing,” Clarkson said. “And that’s actually how I get my feelings out, so I probably won’t speak about it too much, but you definitely will hear it musically.”

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“That’s how I became a songwriter. Music has always been my outlet to get through difficult times and this year I’ve been listening to a lot of music and I’ve also been writing a lot of music as well,” The Voice coach added.

Between filming her talk show and preparing to host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, Clarkson is continuing to move forward with her life!

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