Kelly Clarkson opens up about depression battle, talks the 'daily effort' to be positive
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock have two children together. Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. USA TODAY
a clip from "The Kelly Clarkson Show" published Wednesday. "I've suffered from depression."
Clarkson continued that many people, "especially in the creative world," are discouraged from being honest about their mental health.
"You’ve been kind of trained to, like, just keep going and you can handle it," she said. "Especially as a woman, it’s like, 'Don’t let ’em see you sweat.' "
Lovato, who has been open in the past about her struggles with addiction and eating disorders, thanked Clarkson for the kind words and said she considers the "American Idol" winner one of her own role models.
"You were the first idol that I ever had,” Lovato said. “I wouldn’t be the artist — or even the person that I am, with being so outspoken and vulnerable and fearless — if I hadn’t had you to look up to."
Lovato added: "You are fearless and courageous and real as (expletive) and I love that about you, and I've always thought to myself, 'If I ever make it, I want to be like her.' "
Clarkson responded that she isn't courageous all the time and that overcoming hardship "takes work."
"Even when you overcome something, they’re like, ‘OK, she’s already overcome it.' I’m like, 'No, no, that’s a daily effort in trying to be positive,' " Clarkson said. "That’s not, like, a given. Like, you’re just over it, and you went to some magical therapy session, and it’s over. I think that’s a daily thing that you work at and a daily thing that I work at."