Kelly Clarkson became emotional last night as she listened to a contestant on “The Voice” perform one of her own songs that has an entirely knew meaning for her now that she’s going through a “horrible” divorce.
On the first night of the knockout rounds, contestant Corey Ward made the daring choice to perform Clarkson’s 2009 hit “Already Gone,” which gave season 20 Mega Mentor Snoop Dogg “chills” during the rehearsal. When Ward performed his new rendition of the song, Clarkson was brought to tears as she realized she feels the lyrics differently over a decade later.
“When I wrote ‘Already Gone,’ I was going through something that I thought, ‘It’s OK. It doesn’t always have to work out,” Clarkson recalled. “Hearing him sing that to me, in my life now, it’s like, are you smacking me in the face with my own message?”
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) April 20, 2021
Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock in June of last year, and a bitter custody battle has since ensued over their two children, daughter River Rose, 6, and son Remington Alexander, 5. Clarkson has been open about the fact that the divorce has been “horrible” for her and her family.
“It’s interesting when you write something, and you don’t feel it ’til years later,” Clarkson said as she wiped away tears after Ward’s performance.
“When you can get the songwriter to lose emotional control, that’s when you doin’ your job,” Snoop Dogg added in agreement.
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) April 20, 2021
This comes after Clarkson admitted that her divorce has been “horrible” for her.
“I’m going through one right now. It’s horrible,” she said of her divorce. “There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids. That’s the hardest for me. I think, as women especially, we’re trained… to take it all on, and you can deal with it, and you’re fine, but it’s your babies that you worry about.”
Court documents came out at the end of last year confirming that Clarkson’s divorce had taken a nasty turn.
“The level of conflict between the parents has increased,” the documents stated. “The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
“Brandon’s been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees,” a source told People Magazine. “Kelly’s offered to pay for all the kids’ expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301K in spousal support and $135K in child support per month.”