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I actively avoid watching Kelly Clarkson’s interviews, even though I sometimes need to for my job. She talks over her guests often and she hasn’t improved her skills during lockdown. It’s very frustrating to watch her because she manages to make interviews all about herself. Somehow she got another season though, and I guess people like her style and personality. Kelly has a profile in the LA Times in which they emphasize how likable she is and how she’s the real deal, especially compared to Ellen, whom Kelly talks about somewhat without directly condemning. It’s telling to me that Kelly said she didn’t want a job as a talk show host. Someone knew she would be a hit with her demographic, she ended up doing it and that seems to be panning out for her. Kelly also hints at some depression and tough times and it’s clear she’s been going through some things during her divorce. Kelly is promoting her show and she’s also returning to The Voice.
On her job as a talk show host
“I will be completely honest, and I have been since the beginning: I did not want this job. I say that it’s the dream I didn’t know I had because I talk to so many people, and not just celebrities. I’ve talked to the people that have been hit hardest in all of this — financially, emotionally, mentally … it’s really the everyday people on this show that have just lifted my spirits when I’ve been feeling like, ‘Oh my God, nothing else could possibly go wrong at this point, like, send in the locusts.’”
She talks around the Ellen issue and about leadership in general
“How you act is how all those beneath you are going to feel like they’re allowed to act.
“Accountability is so important. Everybody messes up. Everybody’s allowed to mess up. We are imperfect; that’s OK. But it’s not OK to pretend it’s not happening. … I’m the first one in the room to go, ‘Was that me? Did I do it?’ Or, ‘How can I fix it?’”
She calls being in Montana during the pandemic a “turd of a situation”
“That was not fun. I’m trying to smile and light up America’s life [and] I’m just wanting to drown myself in the creek next to me … I do remember, right before then, I was like: ‘Look, at some point, people in the limelight are humans too and we’re all going through the same roller coaster as everyone else. So sometimes I don’t want to smile.’ I was honest about that. It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s all relative to your own world.”
On being guarded about her divorce
“I am a very open person, but I’m not going to be able to be truly open about this in certain aspects because there’s kids involved. I think that I will navigate a way in which to be open and honest about it eventually, probably via the show, and it’ll probably, I’m assuming, happen organically when someone says something in conversation or something. It definitely wouldn’t be planned. But my children and his older children — there are a lot of little hearts involved in this and while people feel, ‘Oh my gosh, what a loss …’ imagine how it is in the epicenter of the storm. It’s a lot to process and deal with, just as a family. So because it’s not just me, I probably won’t go too deep with it.”
At first I had a knee jerk response to how she said she wanted to “drown herself in the creek.” It sounds like she’s being hyperbolic about depression, but I think she’s trying to be humorous about something that’s deeply bothering her. Later in the interview she hinted that she’s been through some dark things in her divorce and that she’s working through it with her therapist. She called her music her outlet and said she has trouble expressing her feelings in general, and that’s always been true. She’s so talented at writing songs, coaching singers and performing, why is she being pushed as something she’s not that she didn’t even want?
On a different note, Kelly has a collection with Wayfair and the QAnon idiots are coming for her on Instagram. I can’t.