Kelly Clarkson on Step-Parenthood: I ‘Really Dig the Mom Thing’

08/20/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Kelly Clarkson Step-parent
Courtesy Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson isn’t set to wed music manager Brandon Blackstock for another two months, but she is already relishing one aspect of her soon-to-be-married life: step-parenthood.

“I have a 12-year-old and a 6-year-old now … after being single for six years,” the singer, 31, tells Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Tuesday.

“We all live together and everything,” she explains. “It’s so different, but it’s perfect. They’re awesome, and I actually really dig the mom thing.”

But don’t expect Clarkson to be an overindulgent stepmom. Just like her lyrics repeatedly demonstrate, she is no pushover. (Perhaps that’s one reason she has teamed up with State Farm to educate teens about safe driving.)

“I’m quick to go, ‘I told you not to touch that!'” she says with a laugh. “We all work really well together, but I’m totally my mom. My mom was a hard mom. I’m probably that mom.”

Clarkson will officially earn the title “stepmother” in late October when she swaps vows with Blackstock at their Nashville home.

The Stronger singer has long made it clear she will be a laid-back bride, and it appears she’s becoming increasingly blasé as the wedding draws near.

“I’m so over it. It’s so overwhelming,” she admitted to Seacrest. “We’re just doing a lot: touring and the wedding and the Christmas album [out Oct. 29], so I’m over the wedding part.”

But one thing’s for sure: she is nowhere near over Blackstock.

“It’s not a try-hard situation,” she says of their relationship. “It’s just easy. It’s work – after a year and a half that puppy phase [is over] and reality starts to set in – but it’s fun work. We’re very similar. It’s easy.”

— Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Jodie on

I don’t like the fact that she keeps calling herself ‘mom’ she’s not their mum, she’s their step-mother. Imagine how their biological mother feels hearing her say this I know it would make me mad for sure.

Mel in STL on

I feel so sorry for her. She is going into step parenting with such rose colored glasses. I’ve been a step mom for 15 years and it’s a fate worse than death. She has no idea the heartache and frustration and struggle that will come of this position. I wish her and her hubby-to-be all the luck in the world, unfortunately they will need it.

chia on

Actually, their biological mother loves Kelly Clarkson. They all get along very well and she has publically stated that she could not have a “better step mother” for her children than Kelly. So with that said, I’m glad she’s fully embraced it and enjoys their company and knows he comes with a whole unit, not just himself.