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Kelly Clarkson Covers Aretha Franklin's Classic Song Amid Divorce News

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 18, 2020
06:00 A.M.
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On Tuesday, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” host showed off her vocal abilities by belting out an Aretha Franklin song. The recent performance came amid news that she was divorcing.


Clarkson, 38, took on Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” for her bands Kellyoke “QUARAoke” segment performance. The country musician reached all the right notes as she covered the 1967 hit.

The clip of her remote performance was shared on her show’s YouTube channel. This was the first time the singer has posted on the channel since returning to Los Angeles.

Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York City | Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York City | Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images



Before starting her performance, the star noted: "It’s a complicated time. It’s a time to reflect, listen and connect with each other, all right?” She cryptically added:

“But sometimes we also need to balance it and take time for ourselves."

Since March 2020, Clarkson, her husband, Brandon Blackstock, 43, and their children have been self-isolating in a Montana ranch against the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease. The couple is parents to River Rose, 5, and Remington Alexander, 4.



Her choice of song was quite ironic since she’s currently undergoing a divorce from Blackstock. The “American Idol” winner filed for divorce from her fellow musician last week on June 4, 2020, upon her return to Los Angeles.

The couple had been together for nearly seven years. In the court filing, Clarkson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the separation.



She also asked that neither she nor Blackstock should pay spousal support. This month, the singer also used her voice to support those protesting against systemic racism.



For the same segment of her talk show, Clarkson sang a rendition of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Her performance included clips of people protesting across the nation.


Ongoing protests started after the May 25, 2020, murder of George Floyd, 46. The Black man was killed by a White police officer while in custody.

Floyd was arrested after police were called on him for trying to buy at a store with counterfeit money.

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