Kelly Clarkson Keeps It Real About This Part of Motherhood and We Love Her For It

Kelly Clarkson opened up recently about motherhood and true to form, Kelly was her genuine self, chatting on topics others might get squeamish about.

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Her new daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, has become her forum of sorts for letting viewers and fans in on sides of her life that might otherwise not be known. Recently, she was open about the pain of motherhood and didn’t hold back.

We love how Kelly is real people

Although Clarkson is a celebrity, one of the main things her fans love about her is how much she seems like us! She smiles when the camera is on her and talks about how messy life is. Unlike other celebrities, she doesn’t shy away from sharing about things that bother her and she doesn’t seem above us all. Her daytime show is a big hit and it’s no surprise.

As she told E!Online before her show debuted, “The whole show is for everyone. I am a celebrity but I’m not. I’m very normal. I have normal friends. I don’t hang out with celebrities—not that there’s anything wrong with them. I want a show like that, to bridge that gap. I feel like there’s a huge gap between whatever celebrity means or status or level and then everyday people. I’m that person. I want the show to be super inclusive. I want everybody.”

She also wrote a children’s book

Back before she was a judge on The Voice and had her own daytime talk show, Clarkson also wrote a children’s book. It’s the American Idol winner’s written hug to her daughter, River Rose, and the lullaby she would fall asleep to.

She told BuzzFeed in 2016, “I actually didn’t ever have a desire to write a children’s book. I initially wrote these little stories for my daughter, who had a passport filled with stamps and she wasn’t going to remember any of the places she’d been. I just wrote these little stories for everywhere we went, and I had these little pictures of her so that when she started reading, I could read it to her and with her. It was just going to be a thing for us, and then my nanny and my husband actually read them and they were like, “These are good. You should turn them into children’s stories.” And I was like, “These are good. I will do that.”

She’s loved every aspect of motherhood, except not so much this part

During her show, Clarkson was bonding with Kate Upton about their challenges with breastfeeding and the hormonal wars most women deal with after pregnancy.

Clarkson added that, “Pumping is the worst! It’s so painful. I don’t care what anyone says.”

The mother to River Rose, 5, and Remy Alexander, 3, then revealed her reaction the day that someone accidentally disposed of her pumped milk.

“I lost my ever-living mind — like I was a crazy person,” she said. “Went in my closet and just collapsed on the floor and was crying, I was like, ‘You have no idea how I had to work for that.’ And really, there was like nothing in the bottle; I’m crazy. But, literally, it’s just a hormonal period. I don’t think people take that into account, especially when we’re women in the public eye. It is a hard time.”

Kelly just gets us, plain and simple.

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