Kelly Clarkson Debuts Shaved Head, Talks Motherhood: 'I Never Thought I Was Going to Be a Mom'

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New year, new album, new 'do.

Kelly Clarkson is showing off a shaved head on the cover of People Magazine this week, fully embracing the '80s trend in a metallic jacket and chain earring. Smiling right beside her is baby River Rose, au natural in nothing but her diaper.

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"I never thought I was going to be a mom, so it's very much changed my world in the most awesome way," Clarkson told the mag.


The singer welcomed her first child with husband Brandon Blackstock in June of last year. In addition to their daughter, Clarkson is also step-mom to Blackstock's two kids from a previous marriage: Savannah, 13, and Seth, 8.

"I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth. And now I'm more than that," said Clarkson, whose next album Piece By Piece is set to drop on March 3. "I've accomplished a lot, but I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die people will say, 'She was so successful as a mother, and as a wife.' That’s kind of my big goal."

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Clarkson made headlines last week after revealing that she struggled to connect with collaborators for her new album. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Clarkson said "I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no… I'm not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I’m not going to call out, and that's cool, but I don’t know."

One artist who said "yes" to teaming up with Clarkson is GRAMMY winner John Legend. Their duet "Run Run Run" hit the web on Wednesday, listen below.

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