Kelly Clarkson left The Voice ahead of the competition show’s 22nd season. The talk show host and music superstar has since spoken openly about why she decided to take at least one season off.
The singer-songwriter and TV personality says she wanted to take the summer to Hollywood to relax with her kids.
Clarkson stopped at the “todayshow on Aug. 23, 2022, and she spoke to The Voice host Carson Daly and Hoda Kotb about her decision.
“I didn’t have a minute and it’s obviously been a rough couple of years, so it was really important for me to switch off for a minute,” Clarkson shared at the time, adding that one of her favorite moments of the summer was when she “literally drove up.” four wheels in the mountains and went with me [the water].”
Clarkson told the hosts, “My sister, nephew and I and a bunch of friends literally spent the whole summer up in the mountains getting out into nature.”
Her children, River, 8, and Remington, 6, walked between her and her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, the talk show host said.
“It was nice because they usually have to travel a lot because of our breakup. We were both in Montana so I think my kids felt a little more centered too,” she shared.
Clarkson was asked during an in-depth interview with Variety why she left The Voice and about a possible return to the big red coaching chair in the future. Most of the time, Clarkson wanted to take the summer off, which meant she had to take time off from The Voice as filming for the show’s fall seasons begins in the summer months.
She also shared that she couldn’t work on an album while she was on the show.
“There wasn’t time,” she said. “And not just because of the talk show, but because of ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Song Contest.’ I generally like to be busy. But especially when all the feelings are occurring, I’m like, ‘Oh, let’s be as busy as we can so I don’t have to feel this for a minute!’ I do what is not healthy.”
She added: “That’s why it was so important for me to take this summer, although a lot of people were kind of disappointed because I was supposed to be doing a few things. Obviously I stepped down from ‘The Voice’ this season because I just needed the space.”
Just because Clarkson is taking a break from “The Voice” doesn’t mean she’s gone forever. When asked if she would be returning to the show in two seasons, the star almost seemed to slip up.
“I’m definitely…um, I’ll probably be back on ‘The Voice’ at some point,” she said, according to Variety, laughing awkwardly like she’d just spilled the beans. “Maybe I’ll be back on ‘The Voice’.”
When asked if it was “the season after next,” she replied, “I mean, I don’t know!” while laughing.
The Voice is scheduled to return to NBC on September 19, 2022. The season will star trainers Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello and John Legend.