After fans heard the snippet, they couldn’t help but notice that a lyric in the newly teased song is meant to be a direct callout to her ex husband, Brandon Blackstock.
“I don’t need somebody to hold me / Don’t need somebody to love me / Don’t need somebody to pick these pieces up,” Clarkson sings. “I put together my broken / Let go of the pain I’ve been holdin’ / Don’t need to need somebody / When I got me.”
The lyrics seem to respond to the chorus of “Piece By Piece,” a song she released in 2015 for her then-husband to show gratitude for the love and care that he gives their shared children, something she never recieved from her own father.
“Piece by piece, he collected me / Up off the ground where you abandoned things / Piece by piece, he filled the holes / That you burned in me at 6 years old,” she sings in the love song, referencing the age she was when her own parents got divorced. “And you know, he never walks away / He never asks for money / He takes care of me / He loves me / Piece by piece, he restored my faith / That a man can be kind, and a father could stay.”
Clarkson filed for divorce in 2020, after seven years of marriage.
Clarkson announced her new album Chemistry in late March, describing the album as “the arc of an entire relationship.” Clarkson says that her upcoming music will describe the good, the bad and the ugly of all she has experienced. Although she hasn’t announced a specific release date yet, it seems like we may be hearing the full album soon after her two new releases. Read more on Kelly Clarkson here!
“Me” and “Mine” are set to release this Friday, April 14.