"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."
Dr. Jill Biden's first one-on-one interview after becoming the First Lady of the United States was with singer and talk-show host Kelly Clarkson, reports ELLE. During Dr. Biden's interview, she spoke about her interest in education, military families, cancer research, and healing the country.
She also spoke about healing after a divorce, a very personal topic for Clarkson and several other women all over the world. The singer is going through a rough patch personally and First Lady Jill Biden offered advice to help Clarkson get through these trying times, according to HuffPost. In June last year, Clarkson filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock, her husband of seven years and the father of her two children.
Dr. Biden knew what she was talking about while giving advice to Clarkson who is going through a rough time. Dr. Biden, too, was divorced before she got married to President Joe Biden. She kept assuring Clarkson that these things happen for a reason and that life will eventually “look better.”
"I want to tell you, Kelly, I mean, this is what I would say to you if I were your mother," the First Lady began. "You know, 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. I look back on it now, and I think, you know, if I hadn’t gotten divorced, I never would’ve met Joe."
Dr. Biden continued, "I wouldn’t have the beautiful family I have now. So I really think things happen for the best. And I think, Kelly, over time—I don’t know how long it’s been for you—but I think over time, you heal, and 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 you’re going to say, 'Hey Jill, you were right!'"
"Yeah, I was just kidding," Clarkson added, pretending to be a part of the phone call from the future!
Clarkson has spoken, in the past, about how hard the divorce has been on her. "There's a lot of hearts involved here," Clarkson said, referring to the two children she and Blackstock have together, daughter River, 6, and son Remington, 4, and the two teenage children her ex-husband has from a previous marriage, Savannah, 18, and Seth, 13.
"And you know, that's the thing that's been kind of hard to navigate is I am an open book, but at some point, I'm a mama bear more than I am a person in the public eye. So, I care one hundred percent more about my children than I do anything else on this planet. So, that's been the hard thing of, like, yes, I'm willing to share my experience and yes, it is the worst. I mean, the past few months have been horribly sad. But at the same time, I have to think, 'Hmmm, like, what I say has a domino effect in other people's lives.'"
"I've been through two divorces in my family, husband as well in his own family as a child," she added. "We didn't have social media around when that happened. And, like, having kids that run the gambit of four to 19 is a really tough thing. And, you know, I've had conversations with one of our eldest about how difficult it is in the public eye when your parents are so…you know, one of them is so prominent, and having to navigate that for them is hard on their hearts. I'm just careful also while being real."
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