As her fans know, Kelly Clarkson didn’t have the easiest childhood. She’s previously spoken out about her estranged father and her relationships with her siblings — sister Alyssa Clarkson and brother Jason Clarkson.
Kelly explained how she connected with Alyssa and Jason after being kept apart for so many years due to their parents’ divorce. “We didn’t grow up together — at all,” The Kelly Clarkson Show star said during a SiriusXM interview in August 2019. “My sister grew up with my aunt and uncle in North Carolina and my brother grew up with my dad in California and I grew up in Texas with my mom.”
Kelly explained that prior to auditioning for the first-ever season of American Idol, she and her siblings reconnected. “We all met up and everything, and then they got really excited because Idol happened,” she said, adding that she barely even knew her brother or sister. “Which is really weird if you saw them — we’re exactly the same. It’s like we grew up together, it’s really weird.”
The Voice judge explained that although they knew each other existed, meeting up was hard because they “were all very poor” and “spread out” over the country. It wasn’t until her brother, Jason, got married in 2001 that the family finally reunited. “The year before I actually auditioned for Idol, my brother got married in Alaska and we all met up there and it was kind of then [that] we kept in contact,” she gushed.
Kelly has learned to embrace the dysfunction over the years. The entertainer — who has two beautiful kids, Remington and River, with estranged husband Brandon Blackstock — spoke candidly about how she’s matured because of her tumultuous upbringing.
“I’m kind of a comedian about it. I have a very good ‘brush it off your shoulder’ [attitude],” Kelly said of growing up with a thick skin during an interview with Scandinavian talk show Skavlan in November 2017. “I think you have to … for survival in this industry. Some crazy stuff gets said to you. Mean, weird [stuff] … People get really, really cruel, and it’s a lot to handle.”
After Kelly reunited with her family, she got married to Brandon in 2013. The pair were together for nearly seven years until she filed for divorce on June 4 and cited “irreconcilable differences.” Due to their separation, Kelly might start relying on her family more than ever.
Scroll through the gallery below to learn about Kelly’s siblings, Alyssa and Jason!
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