Kelly Clarkson opens up about finding happiness after being in “a very dark place” Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 30: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during The iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party at Caesars Palace on May 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

The thought of becoming an overnight celebrity might seem appealing to most normal folk. But, according to Kelly Clarkson, it’s not always sunshine and butterflies.

The “Piece by Piece” singer, who rose to fame back in 2002 after becoming the first winner of “American Idol,” admits that instant success put her in “a very dark place.”

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In an interview for Good Housekeeping’s December issue, Kelly said, “I was in a very dark place for a long time. It’s just so hard to have normalcy. I love to sing, and I love to talk to people at meet-and-greets. It’s just all the crap that comes along with this job.”

Of course, Kelly has managed to find her happy place throughout the years. In fact, she’s now a loving wife to her husband, Brandon Blackstock, and the mother of daughter, River Rose, 2, and son, Remington Alexander, 7 months. She’s also stepmom to Savannah, 15, and Seth, 10.

“The fact that I’ve managed to find a husband who understands and respects everything I do is astonishing,” gushed Kelly, “I just lucked out. I’m waiting for the floor to drop out from under me.”

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Despite finding joy along with stardom, Kelly says that she considers giving up her celebrity status “all the time.”

“I don’t love traveling, because I’m never home. It’s hard when you have a family,” asid the 34-year-old powerhouse. “I mean, I’m always going to be a singer, but the level I’m at … I have constant guilt. I don’t have to work; I think it’s because I have that option that I feel the guilt. But it’s important for my girls, especially, to see me as a woman accomplishing all these things while nailing it as a mom. I always come back to that.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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