Jill Biden offers Kelly Clarkson advice on how to get over a divorce

Jill Biden shared her own experience of divorce with Kelly Clarkson in her first interview as First Lady of the United States

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: A Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guests President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Dr. Jill Biden during Thursdays December 17, 2020 show. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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Dr. Jill Biden has shared some reassuring words on recovering from divorce to Kelly Clarkson, in her first sit-down TV interview as First Lady of the United States. 

Speaking with Kelly on her NBC daytime talk show, the Professor of English covered a wide spectrum of topics - touching on everything from political matters to personal heartache. 

The one-on-one conversation turned particularly poignant when Jill took the opportunity to lend some gentle guidance to a recently divorced Kelly. In a teaser clip of the interview, the First Lady empathically delivers a comforting message on surviving a separation to the singer-turned-host.

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“This is what I would say to you if I was your mother,” she began. “My mother always said to me things are going to look better tomorrow, and if you can take one day at a time, and things will get better.” 

Jill’s words of wisdom have likely been tried and tested. Like Kelly, the academic has also been previously married, severing ties from ex-husband Bill Stevenson in 1975. 

“I look back on it now and I think, you know, if I hadn’t gotten divorced I never would have met Joe, I wouldn’t have the beautiful family I have now,” she continued. “I really think things happen for the best.” 

The positive approach seemed to strike a chord with Kelly, who listened attentively as the First Lady reflected on her past. 

“I think Kelly...I don’t know how long it’s been for you, but over time you heal,” Jill said. 

Kelly confirmed her divorce from Brandon Blackstock after a seven-year marriage in June and has been vocal about her desire to keep the split out of the public eye. She addressed the matter on the second season premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show in September, citing her need to protect her children’s privacy throughout the ordeal. 

While she has stayed true to her word, her expression during Jill’s encouragement suggests it remains an emotional issue for the musician. Kelly appeared visibly moved by the First Lady’s counsel, nodding intently along in agreement with her words. 

“You’re going to be surprised. I can’t wait until that day comes for you, and you’re going to call me up and say, ‘Jill, you were right!’" she said, finishing her supportive speech on a light-hearted note. 

As well as relationships, the powerhouse duo discussed education, military families, cancer research, and the Covid-19 pandemic. With all the stress of the world today, Jill emphasized the importance of self-care for women. The First Lady ensures she prioritizes time for herself in her busy schedule, rising early to fit in a workout. 

"I run, I bike. It clears my head, so that’s really important to me,” she said. “I think all women should have something, it doesn’t have to be exercise, although hopefully it would be.” 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.