Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of 'TODAY'/NBC
Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of 'TODAY'/NBC

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Why She Left ‘The Voice,’ Says It Was “Really Important” For Her To Take Time Off

Kelly Clarkson recently opened up about why she left NBC’s singing competition show, The Voice.

Clarkson shared more about her decision to step away from The Voice during an August appearance on The TODAY Show. Clarkson told Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly that she wanted to take a break from the show because she hasn’t had any time off since she was 16 years old.

“It’s maybe common for a lot of working people. You don’t get summers off, generally, unless you’re in high school,” Clarkson said. “But [I] hadn’t had a minute, and it’s obviously been a rough couple of years. So, it was really important to me to shut down for a minute,” she explained.

In addition to stepping back from The Voice, Clarkson took a short hiatus from her daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show to spend extra time with her children, River Rose, 8, and Remington Alexander, 6.

Clarkson spent the summer at her Montana ranch with her children, ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, sister, and nephew.

“I literally four-wheeled in the mountains,” Clarkson shared of her summer vacation. “I have a lot of water on my property. So my sister and my nephew and I, and a couple [of] friends just literally spent the whole summer in the mountains. Just getting out in nature.”

“The kids were with me and with their dad, and it was nice because they usually have to travel a lot because of our separation. We were both in Montana, so it felt like kind of the first time my kids felt more centered. It was nice,” she continued.

Clarkson previously shared that she planned to take the summer off with E! Red Carpet & Awards Shows’ Elise Edwards. Clarkson described the extra time off as “precious” since she’s a “single working mom” and her kids “have crazy schedules.”

News that Clarkson wouldn’t be appearing on the latest season of The Voice was shared back in May, with fans expressing their disappointment. Some fans even took to social media to share that they wouldn’t be watching the show due to Clarkson’s absence.

Former Fifth Harmony member turned solo artist Camila Cabello will be serving as a coach in Clarkson’s place this season. Joining Cabello on the Sept. 19 premiere are returning coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend.

Meanwhile, Clarkson’s future on the popular singing competition show has not yet been determined.

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