Kelly Clarkson Talks The Inspiration Behind Emotional Song ‘Piece By Piece’

Kelly Clarkson debuted her new song “Piece by Piece” on American Idol last week, bringing herself, the judges, and the audience to tears. Now, the mom-to-be is opening up about the inspiration behind the emotional song, and how her father’s absence affected her throughout her life.

Kelly Clarkson’s father has been absent the majority of her life, and although it was hard on her growing up, she said she didn’t realize just how much it bothered her until she was pregnant with her daughter.

“I don’t even think I understood the gravity of [my relationship with my father] until I was pregnant with [River Rose],” Clarkson told Ryan Seacrest during a radio interview on On-Air with Ryan Seacrest on Monday, February 29. “I was like, ‘I cannot imagine not seeing this kid to his or her full potential and just seeing what she’s going to do, what she’s going to be like.’ … I don’t think I knew how much [my relationship with my father] affected me until writing that song. I definitely didn’t know how it would affect me like it does when I sing it live because that’s not fun.”