“It really empowered her that y’all are so open about it,” Kelly Clarkson said.
For Kelly Clarkson's daughter, Henry Winkler had some simple yet profound advice that moved Clarkson to tears. On April 18, the Barry actor, who has written several children's books, made an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the two discussed dyslexia—a condition both Clarkson's daughter and Winkler share.
The Emmy winner turned to face the camera and gave Clarkson's daughter some advice directly. “How you learn has nothing to do with how brilliant you are,” he said, which made Clarkson tear up and grab a tissue. She remarked, laughing, “My makeup artist is going to kill me.”
"How you learn has nothing to do with how brilliant you are." Hear the heartwarming advice that Henry Winkler gave to Kelly Clarkson's daughter! pic.twitter.com/oEjDROEOLx— E! News (@enews) April 19, 2023
The Roar singer explained that the day before her chat with Winkler, she recalled dropping off her second-grade daughter River at school and mentioning that both the 8-year-old and Winkler are dyslexic.
The singer expressed that being able to inform her daughter that Winkler is dyslexic and has written so many books was extremely gratifying for her as a mother, per TODAY. “She was getting bullied at school for not being able to read like all the other kids,” Clarkson said tearfully to the Happy Days star.
One in five children, according to Winkler, has dyslexia. According to the International Dyslexia Association, between 15 and 20% of the general population exhibits "some dyslexia symptoms." Clarkson said, “It’s more common, I didn’t know that,” to which Winkler responded, “She’s in the tribe.”
Dyslexia was a topic of discussion at Clarkson's daughter's school recently, and she named a few famous people who suffer from it. “It really empowered her that y’all are so open about it,” Clarkson said.
Remington, 7, and daughter River, 8, are the two children Clarkson shares with her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. Clarkson has spoken about how the divorce has affected their children in her new song, Mine, which appears to be about her breakup with Blackstock.
She said on the Angie Martinez IRL podcast last month that she makes it a point to ask about her children's happiness and if there's anything that would make them happier each night. She said her kids sometimes answer by saying, “You know, I’m just really sad. I wish Mommy and Daddy were in the same house.’”
That remark "kills me," Clarkson said, but it also makes her proud. “I’m raising that kind of individual. I want you to be honest with me,” she said.
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