Kelly Clarkson Shades Insecure Ex-Husband in New Song
“I don’t need somebody to scold me,” sings the Grammy Award winner.
We finally have new music from Kelly Clarkson and the iconic songstress isn’t leaving anything up for interpretation in “Me” and “Mine.” The songs are the first to be released off her upcoming album Chemistry, which is slated to come out on June 23.
The highly anticipated album has been described as the arc of Clarkson’s entire relationship with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. The two were married from 2013 to 2020 and share two young children, who Clarkson has primary custody over. From lawsuits to spousal support, fans have been closely following the couple’s enfolding messy divorce — and how it may transpire into Clarkson’s next record.
Ahead of today’s drop, the singer shared the inspiration behind her album’s title and why she decided to release “Me” and “Mine” first.
“Having chemistry with someone is an incredible, and overwhelming, feeling. It’s like you have no choice in the matter. You are just drawn to each other. This can be good and bad. This album takes you down every path that chemistry could lead you down,” Clarkson said on Instagram.
“We decided to release “mine” and “me” at the same time because I didn’t want to release just one song to represent an entire album, or relationship. There are many stages of grief and loss on this album,” she added.
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In “Me,” Clarkson boldly accuses Blackstock’s insecurities for being “the death of you and me.” She alleges that Blackstock and others questioned her “intentions,” despite her ex being “the one with secrets.”
Clarkson also confirms there was no third party that led to the demise of their relationship: “I bet you feel the absence of my love every night / There’s no one else, you are the reason I said goodbye.”
The lyrics of “mine” find Clarkson in a more reflective headspace. “Thought with you maybe my heart wasn’t meant to break / Can’t believe I let you in, I can’t believe I stayed / As long as I stayed,” she sings.
“And you keep talking it’ll come back / Karma is the truth / I don’t make you look bad, you do darlin’,” she sings later in the song. “Sabotage / Your choice of art / Who the hell do you think you are?” she continues.
June 23 can’t come fast enough!