While the American Idol alum didn’t share the inspiration behind her transformation, it’s not the only bold choice she’s made lately. For one, Kelly recently moved her daytime talk show to New York City after filming in Los Angeles for several years.
“I’ll be real honest: I thought I was making a horrible decision,” Kelly told USA Today last month. “I knew I needed a fresh start and couldn’t be in LA. I really wanted to be in Montana, but you can’t really do a show from there quite yet. So I was like, ‘The only other option would probably be New York.'”
Although the singer—who shares River Rose, 9, and Remington Alexander, 7 with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock—needed a clean slate, she was worried how the move would affect her kids.
“I genuinely love it, and I love that my kids love it,” she shared. “What’s cool for me with season five is I am in such a great place, not only with my kids, but with me personally and with the show.”
As she put it, “I feel like a weight has lifted.”