Kelly Clarkson Explains Why She Stepped Away From “The Voice”

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The season premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” is slated to air in mid-September, but long-time coach Kelly Clarkson won’t be turning her chair. The crossover artist recently appeared (Aug 23) on the TODAY show alongside Hoda Kobt and Carson Daly to explain why she stepped away from the fan-favorite competition show.

The Kelly Clarkson Show” is on a short hiatus, leaving the award-winning daytime host with extra time on her hands. Clarkson explained to Kobt and Daly that ‘The Voice” films over the course of the summer. Although Clarkson had the choice to pursue the opportunity, she felt like a personal break was needed.

The hitmaker declared that 2022 is the first time she has taken time off since she was 16- years-old. The songstress was propelled into the spotlight after becoming the first winner of “American Idol," nearly two decades ago. 

“It’s maybe common for a lot of working people. You don’t get summers off, generally, unless you’re in high school,” said Clarkson. “But hadn’t had a minute, and it’s obviously been a rough couple of years. So, it was really important to me to shut down for a minute,” she stressed.

While having her hands in several different projects, Clarkson went through a public divorce in 2020 from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. Clarkson and Blackstock share two children, a daughter named River Rose [8] and six-year-old son, Remington Alexander. In May, the GRAMMY-Award winner and Blackstock reached a settlement in their divorce. Clarkson has primary custody of her kids, while the father will receive financial support from the “Since U Been Gone” singer.

Following the hectic few months, Clarkson said she kicked back at her luxurious Montana ranch.

“I literally four-wheeled in the mountains,” said Clarkson while laughing. “I have a lot of water on my property. So my sister and my nephew and I, and a couple friends just literally spent the whole summer in the mountains. Just getting out in nature.”

Despite the divorce, her former lover and children were there as well. The vocalist confirmed that the quality time was extra special, because River and Remington did not have to travel between parents.

“The kids were with me and with their dad, and it was nice because they usually have to travel a lot because of our separation,” shared Clarkson. “We were both in Montana, so it felt like kind of the first time my kids felt more centered. It was nice,” she concluded.

While Clarkson embraced much-needed family time, world-renowned musician and previous Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has filled in as a replacement coach. The contestants on the upcoming season will have the chance to choose between country icon Blake Shelton, pop princess Gwen Stefani, John Legend, and Cabello.

Clarkson has had a successful run on “The Voice” since joining the star-studded lineup in 2018. The Texas native was featured on seven consecutive seasons and has scored the grand title four times with her team of aspiring artists. Clarkson has not confirmed if she will be returning to “The Voice.”

As the hit television show returns to the small screen on Monday, Sept 19, the powerhouse performer will host NBC’s “American Song Contest” and launch the fourth season of her Emmy-winning series “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Clarkson is currently on the hunt for gifted singers in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago to be featured on her fan-favorite “Kellyoke” segment.

“I can’t wait to see and hear what y’all can do!” Clarkson said in a statement. “Bringing people together through music, being on the road and having the opportunity to thank fans in person for sharing their talents, inspiring us with their stories and for singing along with me is the perfect way to start the new season.”

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