Kelly Clarkson went makeup-free on Instagram this Friday while quashing rumors that her Las Vegas shows will kick off a full tour.
The 41-year-old songstress announced this March that she will play 10 concerts at Planet Hollywood’s Bakkt Theater in July and August.
Fans began speculating that the Sin City engagement might be a teaser for a longer tour that Kelly would announce at a later date.
However she fired up her social media to put a stop to the conjecture, reminding the public she has ‘a nine-to-fiver’ in the form of her daytime talk show.
Along with her series – production of which is currently on hold for the Hollywood writers’ strike – she noted she is also occupied with her two young children.
Aglow: Kelly Clarkson went makeup-free on Instagram this Friday while quashing rumors that her Las Vegas shows will kick off a full tour
Singing up a storm: The 41-year-old announced in March that she will play Planet Hollywood’s Bakkt Theater in July and August; pictured on a different stage in a new music video
Kelly shares her daughter River, eight, and son Remy, seven, with her ex-husband and former manager Brandon Blackstock.
‘People are saying: “Are you going on tour?” Here’s the thing. This is why I announced the 10 shows in Vegas. I was not being like: “Oh, it’s a secret. We’ve really got this huge tour we’re gonna do right after,”‘ she assured the fans.
‘It really is, like – I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but I have like a nine-to-fiver! Like, I have a job that’s like a lot of, you know, work and takes time,’ said Kelly.
‘So – and I also have kids! You know, they’re in school, so I get really tied down to those things, obviously,’ the mother of two explained.
However she made sure to keep hope alive, letting slip that ‘we are trying to figure out what the possibilities are in certain parts of our calendar.’
Returning to her original theme, she said with a laugh: ‘But I’m not like, you know, saying: “Oh, there’s only 10 shows!” and really secretly we have these other ones.’
Kelly doubled down: ‘Like, it’s really these 10 shows!’ insisting she had been ‘very adamant about being very honest when I first announced it.’
She promised an ‘intimate,’ ‘cool’ production with a ‘more rock ‘n’ roll vibe, like, not so like Vegas-y like everywhere. But it’s gonna be really cool.’
Nope: She fired up her social media to put a stop to the tour conjecture, reminding the public she has ‘a nine-to-fiver’ in the form of her daytime talk show
Mother of two :Along with her series, she noted she is also occupied with her two young children River, eight, and Remy, seven; pictured in 2018
Her post comes after she vowed to undergo ‘leadership training’ in the wake of a report that her talk show had become a ‘toxic’ work environment.
The daytime series became the target of a Rolling Stone exposé where one current and 10 former staffers claimed bullying took place behind the scenes.
Kelly was dubbed ‘fantastic’ and multiple sources theorized she was unaware of the alleged issue, but executive producer Alex Duda was denounced as a ‘monster.’
When asked about the accusations, an NBCU spokesperson told DailyMail.com the company was ‘committed to a safe and respectful work environment and take workplace complaints very seriously and to insinuate otherwise is untrue.’
Kelly’s show took over the time slot previously occupied by Ellen DeGeneres, whose ‘Queen Of Nice’ reputation was left in smithereens after similar claims explosively emerged about her daytime program in 2020.
As backlash mounted in the wake of the Rolling Stone report, fans leapt to compare Kelly to Ellen and demanded a public response.
Kelly produced a lengthy Instagram message saying: ‘In my 20 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve always led with my heart and what I believed to be right.’
She insisted: ‘I love my team at “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, and to find out that anyone is feeling unheard and or disrespected on this show is unacceptable.’
Fully booked: ‘It really is, like – I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but I have like a nine-to-fiver! Like, I have a job that’s like a lot of, you know, work and takes time,’ said Kelly
The Since U Been Gone singer added that she and the rest of the ‘senior staff’ would have ‘leadership training’ in order ‘to ensure that any notion of toxicity is eradicated.’
Meanwhile a few weeks ago an insider lifted the curtain on Kelly and Brandon’s co-parenting equation, now that the dust has settled on their rancorous divorce.
Kelly and Brandon announced their split in 2020 and spent over a year and a half locked in a legal slanging match over money, assets and custody of the children.
At one point Kelly, despite having primary custody, found herself briefly on the hook for a cumulative $200,000 a month in spousal and child support.
When they finalized the divorce, it emerged Kelly would have to fork over $46,601 in monthly child support on top of a one-time payout of $1,326,161.
She was also to give Brandon a $50,000 ‘reimbursement’ for private air travel for the children, who were to fly private until they could be vaccinated for COVID-19.
The custody agreement stipulated that the children spend one weekend a month with their father at the former couple’s Montana ranch, where Brandon now lives.
In a recent report, a source informed Us Weekly that Kelly has managed to develop ‘a great coparenting relationship with Brendan, but things haven’t always been easy in terms of their personal relationship. However, they’ve come a long way and are handling things with their kids really well.’