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Kelly Clarkson is enjoying the single life— and she is in no rush to change that.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, singer and talk show host, Kelly Clarkson, opens up about her contentment with being single, expressing a refreshing perspective on her current relationship status. Unapologetically embracing her solo journey, Clarkson reveals that she is in no hurry to alter her dating status, and instead finds joy and fulfillment in the freedom of being unattached.
In 2020, following a seven year marriage, Clarkson filed for divorce from her former husband, Brandon Blackstock. Surprisingly, marriage was never something she had ever desired in the first place.
“I never wanted to get married the first time,” she told PEOPLE. “[Brandon] had children, a religious background, and it was important, I think, for him. But I’ve never been that person. Because I’ve been through a couple divorces in my family, I just don’t like to put any weight on it.”
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When it comes to her own household, Clarkson makes it clear that her kids are her priority, and she would never allow another serious relationship to interfere with that commitment.
“For my kids, I definitely would never even think about it until they’re out of my house,” she stated.
Juggling various responsibilities, from hosting a well-received talk show to releasing new music, and recently wrapping up her final season as a judge on the renowned singing competition, The Voice, last year, Clarkson has a lot of accomplishments to celebrate. For any potential partner to catch her attention, they would need a fulfilling life of their own.
Clarkson admits that she would only give up her single life to someone who would equally contribute to the relationship. “I told a friend [that a potential partner] would have to be an individual that brings their own life to the table without needing anything from me. It’s far more romantic to say, ‘I want you, but I don’t need anything.’ I’m really good right now, I’m having a good time.”
As she navigates the spotlight, Clarkson continues to prove that contentment can be achieved on ones own terms.