Kelly Clarkson is, without question, one of the most authentic celebrities in both the music and television worlds. Her heart on her sleeve, Kelly is quick to laugh and to cry, whether coaching on The Voice or interviewing on her own talk show, and when Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, appeared on the show, he managed to make her do both.
Kelly had obviously done her research and homework before chatting with Thomas and brought up a recent incident where the singer tried to play Tarzan on a vine in the yard of his family’s new home. When the vine broke, T-Rhett took a hard fall and Kelly got a healthy laugh.
Later in the interview, Lauren joined the conversation and Kelly asked her to share their story of adopting their oldest daughter, Willa Gray, from Uganda. Lauren explained that she had been in the country as a volunteer when she met Willa, a baby at the time.
“I was so moved. From the second I touched her, it was like electric,” she said. “And I was like, oh my word, this girl has taken my heart. And I was like, ‘Honey, we’ve got to find her her forever home. I know that’s why I’m here is to get this girl to her home.’”
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Fanning her face to stop the tears, Kelly told Lauren, “You totally Oprah’d me right now,” then empathized adding, “It’s so beautiful because I know that feeling. The moment you touch something, you hold something, it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not, we’re a blended family, and you’re like, this is my purpose. It’s such a powerful thing.”
Thomas continued the story adding, “When I talked to her on the phone that night and she said that we need to find her a home, it was after a concert and I was going to bed and I was, ‘Well, bring her home.’ I don’t fully remember even saying it. It was such a spiritual thing for me that it just came out of my body and, literally two weeks after, we were having home assessments and talking to adoption agencies.”
Lauren and Thomas also shared their incredible love story that began in junior high and is chronicled in her book, Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes. Although Thomas called himself “needy” and claims he doesn’t come off as a very good person in the book, it’s an undeniable fact that he’s one of the best.