Clarkson reveals her secret collaborator on "Heartbeat Song" – daughter River Rose!

By peoplestaff225
Updated December 03, 2020 12:20 AM

Courtesy Kelly Clarkson

While promoting her single “Heartbeat Song” on Monday, Kelly Clarkson shared some behind-the-scenes details about how motherhood nearly ended her career only to make it better than she could have ever imagined.

“I honestly had a lot of wine one night and had confessions with my husband [Brandon Blackstock] of, like, ‘What I was going to do with my life?’ because my voice was really bad,” she recalled to Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show. “I figured [my baby] was going to come out yelling, ‘Shut up!’ “

Quite the opposite. As Clarkson, 32, recently (and adorably) showed with a 15-second snippet of “Heartbeat Song,” little River Rose cannot get enough of her mom’s next single.

Even more heartwarming, Clarkson reveals that the track’s beat is “actually River’s heartbeat slowed down from when she was in my tummy!” (It’s no wonder then that River was super-excited about the song!)

Dancing may not be a problem for River, but Clarkson shares that her 7-month-old’s mobility ends there: “She is not crawling! She has the largest head ever! She can barely sit up! Her head is in the 97th percentile, it’s enormous!”

In true motherly fashion, though, Clarkson adds, “That’s what actually makes her cute! She’s got this large head and these big cheeks with a little body. It’s actually adorable.”

Clarkson’s deep love for River was forged during an incredibly difficult pregnancy. “Nausea is an understatement,” she recalls. “I was hospitalized. It was bad! I was vomiting a good 25 times a day. It was not good!”

Clarkson admits, “I can’t even believe I want to [get pregnant] again … One of my friends is actually pregnant now, and she’s experiencing a little bit of what I experienced, and I’m like, ‘Man, it’s not going to get better, I’m just going to be real!’ “

Clarkson has plenty of time to let the joys of motherhood outweigh the pains of pregnancy. In the meanwhile, her next “baby” —the pop-driven Piece by Piece will release in March.

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