Singer Kelly Clarkson and her family have been offering a glimpse into their “social distancing” life at their Montana cabin, and it looks like a beautiful place to hunker down.
Clarkson and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, bought Vintage Valley Ranch about a year and a half ago as a vacation property. When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S., they headed there from Los Angeles with their kids and their nanny.
They certainly seem to be making the most of their off time on the ranch, as shown in several videos Clarkson has posted on her The Kelly Clarkson Show’s YouTube Channel.
Clarkson has talked before about how important it is for her to carve out as much family time as she can in her busy schedule coaching on “The Voice,” filming her talk show and working on her music.
So the upside of the pandemic for the singer has been working less and hanging out with her loved ones more. She’s recently resumed filming segments of “The Kelly Clarkson” show remotely from the ranch and has delayed the opening of her new Las Vegas show until July.
“We really needed this as a family I think, just the family time,” Clarkson said.
Clarkson and Blackstock share 5-year-old River and 3-year-old Remington, who will turn 4 on April 12. Blackstock’s son from his previous marriage, 13-year-old Seth, is also with them on the ranch, though his 18-year-old daughter, Savannah, appears to be elsewhere.
In an April 3 “Messages from Montana” segment, she gave a tour of the family’s rustic, one-room cabin. It has just enough room for a bed for the adults, a camping bunk bed set, a single camp bed, a large dining table, a kitchenette, a fireplace, and a few other creature comforts.
(There might also be some other living space on the property as glimpsed in an Instagram photo of her son, Remi, and the fact that their nanny needs a place to sleep, too.)
In her Thirsty Thursday interview, Clarkson revealed that she’s been doing a lot more cooking on the ranch, including making “killer enchiladas” lots of steak and chicken tacos, and quesadillas. A recent Instagram post showed Clarkson enjoying one of her own homemade cupcakes.
She said her kids have been doing schoolwork, playing board games, coloring, reading, and using a virtual reality device. But since Clarkson says her kids tend to start “becoming sometimes the worst versions of themselves” when they are stuck inside, the family’s also been taking advantage of what looks to be their huge ranch.
There’s been s’mores making, seeing calves born and befriending them, snow tubing, pretending the creek is a “calm app,” and enjoying the falling snow. Here’s an image from Clarkson’s Instagram of Blackstock giving daughter River a riding lesson.
Clarkson also does what she does best, filming herself singing acapella to famous tunes like she does with Kellyoke on her talk show, but this time in the bathroom, as seen below.
She certainly seems to be making the best of a bad situation while cheering up others with her positivity and honesty during a difficult time for many.
As Clarkson said in her Thirsty Thursday video.”I know there’s good moments and there’s bad moments too, and it makes us feel better when we share our stories.”