Kelly Clarkson may be a busy mother to two young children, but she always finds some alone time with her husband, Brandon Blackstock.
The 34-year-old singer opens up about her marriage in a new interview, and reveals how she and Blackstock keep their relationship strong. The two have been married since 2013, when they tied the knot during a gorgeous ceremony in Tennessee.
"We try our best," Clarkson tells Good Housekeeping. "Brandon and I have a date night every night -- we'll get the kids to bed and go out by the lake with a glass of wine, and the next thing we know, it's 2 a.m. We're tired in the morning, but we need that time to stay connected."
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These days, the GRAMMY-winning singer couldn't be happier when it comes to her family life.
"I'm so happy," she gushes. "The fact that I've managed to find a husband who understands and respects everything I do is astonishing. The fact that I have these four beautiful kids [River Rose, 2; Remington, 7 months; and stepchildren Savannah, 15, and Seth, 10] … I just lucked out. I'm waiting for the floor to drop out from under me."
Of course, the "Stronger" singer admits it wasn't always this way.
"I was in a very dark place for a long time," she reveals. "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 … I don't love traveling, because I'm never home. It's hard when you have a family."
But motherhood has also brought her a renewed sense of confidence.
"I sound like such a tool, but becoming a mother has made me next-level confident," the original American Idol champion shares. "I've never felt more empowered. I feel like my 20s were spent walking on eggshells making sure everyone felt loved and not really expressing my opinion. As a mom, you just don't have time, so you get straight to the point. I go to bed every night and the list of what I've accomplished is astounding."
And her first priority is making sure to raise her children right.
"I was a poor kid, and my mom was a single mother of three," she explains. "My kids are obviously growing up very privileged, but I want them to have a servant's heart. We do community service as a family, and I also call them out on things like getting impatient when they stand in line -- because they hardly ever have to. But that's just the reality of what they were born into."
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Meanwhile, Clarkson is still slaying us with her voice. She recently lent her vocals to the ballad "It's Quiet Uptown" on Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton mixtape, bringing us all to tears.