So why would Clarkson want to Breakaway from the show that made her famous?
The singer, who just released a new music video for her single Love So Soft, discussed the decision with Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Thursday.
“We’re used to The Voice schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” said Clarkson, whose manager and husband Brandon Blackstock also manages Blake Shelton, another Voice coach. “We have four children — that can be very taxing with a schedule. It was just a no-brainer for me with The Voice because of that alone.”
That doesn’t mean she isn’t disappointed she can’t do both. “But my thing is, I was kind of bummed too when [Idol] came to me,” she said. “I hope it’s super successful.”
Clarkson remains grateful for the start Idol gave her, and wants to give back to other aspiring musicians.
“That’s my goal,” Clarkson said. “I want to have someone on my team, whether they win or not, to have a successful career after being on the show.”
The three-time Grammy winner will join The Voice for its 14th season in spring 2018, making her the second Idol competitor to recently join the NBC singing competition’s coaching panel. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, a top-10 finisher in Idol‘s third season, will appear on this fall’s edition of The Voice.