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Kelly Clarkson shares the lessons she's learned in 2020 following split from husband Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson has learned a lot in 2020. In a segment for The Kelly Clarkson Show, the 38-year-old singer looks back on what 2020 has taught her and admits it's been "quite a year."

Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband, Brandon Blackstock, in June after nearly seven years of marriage. They share two kids, River, 6, and Remington, 4. 

"Even at 38, I feel like I'm always changing and progressing in a good sense, in a good way. I always want to make sure I'm being the best version of myself," she says on Wednesday's show. "... You are who you surround yourself with. You want to make sure you're surrounded by people that also want to be the best versions of themselves and also have a good, common goal for everyone, not just themselves."

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: (Exclusive Coverage) Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson backstage after she performed songs from her new album 'The Meaning of Life' at The Rainbow Room on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Brandon Blackstock and wife Kelly Clarkson pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theater on July 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: Brandon Blackstock (L) and singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: (L-R) TV Producer Narvel Blackstock, singers Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock in the audience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

New Orleans, LA, February 9, Kelly Clarkson, grandmarshal of Krewe Of 2013 Endymion Parade rides on the Endymion Mardi Gras float wearing an engagement ring next to fianc?? Brandon Blackstock. The Krewe of Endymion rolls through Mid-Cityon the traditional route during the parades 47th year with the theme 'Ancient Mysteries'. (Photo by Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images)

Singer Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock arrive at the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the US Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. AFP PHOTO/POOL/WIN MCNAMEE (Photo credit should read WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson attend Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle)

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Reba McEntire, Warner Music Nashville's President and CEO John Espositio, Blake Shelton, Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson attend Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle )

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"It's been a really good lesson to learn that people could be bad for you in a certain time. I think that everybody goes, 'Oh, that just means they're bad.' It doesn't necessarily mean that, it just means you're on different paths," Clarkson continues. "I think that that's OK. Everybody's on a different learning curve and everybody's learning something different at different times."

While Clarkson says that 2020 "has just been a dumpster fire," she notes that she's found joy in her job, friends and children.

"We have now realized family and friends matter so much, especially in this time... So it's been really cool that I have really good friends to lean on and talk to," she says. "... I think you find joy in work when you have away time from it and you get a break. And then you find joy in your personal life when work's good too and you have something that's your purpose. [And also] planning fun things with my kids, like going to the beach."

With all the highs and lows of 2020, Clarkson is ready to welcome 2021 with open arms.

"I'm grateful for next year because I'm just happy we're moving on and everybody can move on. Let's figure stuff out," she says. "I think everybody has felt so suppressed. At some point we really just need to come together and really get a handle on COVID and get a handle on lovin' on each other instead of hating each other and seeing such division all the time. I think everyone wants that. That's a collective thing."

"... I'm very excited about 2021," she adds. "I'm not fearful of it at all."

When ET's Rachel Smith spoke to Clarkson last month, the singer revealed why she's been so open about her feelings surrounding her split from Blackstock.

"I don't do it for anyone else, honestly. I don't know, I come from a small town, I'm used to everybody knowing everything anyway," she explained. "And, I don't know, I feel like if you're hiding something, there must be something wrong with it. And there's nothing wrong with anything -- life just kind of happens, and it takes turns that you don't expect and are sad."

"...I'm willing to share my experience and yes, it is the worst. I mean, the past few months have been horribly sad," she added. "... Divorce is a really s**tty thing." 

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