Kelly Clarkson has revealed that she won’t allow her children to use social media until they turn 18. In an interview with PEOPLE, the singer and talk show host explained that she wants to protect her children from the challenges and negativity that can come with social media.
Clarkson, who has two children, River Rose (9) and Remington Alexander (7), with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, emphasized the potential impact of social media on self-esteem and mental health, and she aims to shield her kids from those pressures until they are older.
Kelly clarified her decision to prohibit her children from using social media until they turn 18, citing the potential challenges and pressures, especially for kids with parents in the public eye. She emphasized that under her roof, her children are not allowed to have social media.
“That can be really hard on kids in general but especially kids with parents in the public eye,” she said. “So I have informed them they’re not allowed to, under my roof, ever have [it].”
Clarkson also shared insights into the complexities of co-parenting and acknowledged the emotional challenges and trauma involved in the process.
“It’s so different [for everyone]. It’s harder at first,” she added. “There’s so much emotion and trauma involved.”
The singer and songwriter also noted that as time passes, co-parenting becomes easier but acknowledged the inherent challenges.
“It’s hard enough when you’re married and come from two different backgrounds and ways to discipline and educate. Doing that in different households can be tough,” she told PEOPLE. “My daughter was like, ‘Well, what if Dad lets me?’ I’m like, ‘Well, you’re there four days a month. Enjoy that.’ And right now, he’s not letting them do it either,” she said. “I’ll listen when they’re older, but until they have a solid argument, it’s a no.”
The Catch My Breath singer’s divorce from Brandon Blackstock was finalized in 2022 after a prolonged legal process. The settlement included a one-time payment of around $1.3 million to Blackstock, along with monthly spousal and child support payments. Despite the limited time the children spend with their father, these support payments were mandated.
In addition to discussing her divorce, Clarkson also spoke about the process of reinventing herself post-divorce, focusing on personal development and adopting healthy habits.
After moving to New York City to elevate her eponymous show, Clarkson focused on refining her routine to achieve her desired fitness goals.
“Walking in the city is quite the workout. I’m really into infrared saunas right now. And I just got a cold plunge because everybody wore me down,” she told TODAY.
She also mentioned her commitment to a protein diet, acknowledging its benefits for her, and humorously noted her Texan roots and love for meat, playfully apologizing to vegetarians.
“I dropped weight because I’ve been listening to my doctor – a couple years I didn’t, and 90% of the time I’m really good at it because a protein diet is good for me anyway. I’m a Texas girl, so I like meat – sorry, vegetarians in the world!”
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