You know who I consider my everyday heroes? Parents who are willing to tell it like it is.
I've written here many times—including yesterday, in the context of a viral pregnancy announcement video with a twist—about my appreciation for moms and dads who are upfront about the good, bad, and ugly parts of the journey. Those who are honest about what goes into the job are a comfort to the rest of us, who each have our everyday triumphs and struggles.
Of course, that also goes for celebrities, whose public image is often pretty glossy—but occasionally use their platform to share real, relatable stories.
New mom Kelly Clarkson is in that category, having spoken candidly on many occasions about her difficult pregnancy with daughter River Rose, including horrible morning sickness and even hospitalization.
Now, she's sharing even more details about her troubles in the days immediately following her pregnancy. In an interview with ET Canada, she said she temporarily lost her voice following delivery, and panicked she'd never sing again.
"Afterwards was the part where I literally had a moment where I cried and drank wine all day," the star said. "I was like, 'Oh, God, I'm not going to be a singer anymore!' I was bawling to my husband and like, completely hammered, just going, 'Oh my god, it's over, I don't know what I'm going to do.'"
But not only is the star signing again these days, she says that even after all that, she'd like to have another pregnancy with husband Brandon Blackstock. "But only because she came out awesome," she said of her daughter.
Yup, for some people pregnancy is a joyful journey. For others, it's a means to an end. Either way, cheers—and thank you—to anyone who's honest about the complexities of the experience.
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Photo courtesy of Instagram/KellyClarkson