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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Gives Kelly Clarkson Personal Advice on Healing After Divorce

Kelly Clarkson hosted Dr. Jill Biden for her first one-on-one interview since becoming the First Lady of the United States—and the women touched on a very personal issue for Clarkson and many others: healing after a divorce. Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband of seven years and the father of her two children, Brandon Blackstock, in June.

A clip released in advance of the interview’s airing tomorrow showed the candid advice Dr. Biden gave Clarkson. Dr. Biden, who was also divorced before marrying President Joe Biden, stressed these things happen for a reason.

“I want to tell you, Kelly, I mean, this is what I would say to you if I were your mother,” the First Lady began. “You know, my mother always said to me, ‘Things are going to look better tomorrow,’ and if you can take one day at a time, and things will get better. I look back on it now, and I think, you know, if I hadn’t gotten divorced, I never would’ve met Joe. I wouldn’t have the beautiful family I have now. So I really think things happen for the best. And I think, Kelly, over time—I don’t know how long it’s been for you—but I think over time, you heal, and you’re going to be surprised. I can’t wait until that day comes for you, and you’re going to call me up, and you’re going to say, ‘Hey Jill, you were right!'”

“Yeah, I was just kidding,” Clarkson added, going along with what she’d say in that future phone call.

You can watch Clarkson as she took in Dr. Biden’s advice below:

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Clarkson spoke to Entertainment Tonight in October about why she chose to address her divorce publicly, and candidly discussed how it has been hard choosing what to share.

“There’s a lot of hearts involved here,” Clarkson said, referring to the two children she and Blackstock have together, daughter River, 6, and son Remington, 4 and the two teenage children Blackstock has from a previous marriage, Savannah, 18, and Seth, 13. “And you know, that’s the thing that’s been kind of hard to navigate is I am an open book, but at some point I’m a mama bear more than I am a person in the public eye. So, I care one hundred percent more about my children than I do anything else on this planet. So, that’s been the hard thing of, like, yes, I’m willing to share my experience and yes, it is the worst. I mean, the past few months have been horribly sad. But at the same time, I have to think, ‘Hmmm, like, what I say has a domino effect in other people’s lives.'”

“I’ve been through two divorces in my family, husband as well in his own family as a child,” she added. “We didn’t have social media around when that happened. And, like, having kids that run the gambit of four to 19 is a really tough thing. And, you know, I’ve had conversations with one of our eldest about how difficult it is in the public eye when your parents are so…you know, one of them is so prominent and having to navigate that for them is hard on their hearts. I’m just careful also while being real.”

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