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In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kelly Clarkson talks candidly about the effects of her divorce.

She said, “There’s a lot of hearts involved here. 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.”

She adds, “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.'”

She then spoke about the struggles with handling the split because of being famous and social media. “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.”

While talking about the divorce, Kelly doesn’t put the blame on anybody.  “I don’t think that anything is — like I said — nothing’s wrong with anybody, it’s just … it happens, and that’s why there’s nothing to hide about it in that sense. You know, it’s just, divorce is a really shi—y thing.”

Kelly Clarkson and her The Voice castmates return to NBC on October 19.

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