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Kelly Clarkson released a poignant video for her emotionally raw track "Piece by Piece" Thursday, and it features a cameo from someone very special: her 1-year-old daughter, River Rose.
The adorable baby girl is seen giving her mom a sweet kiss at the end of the song, which serves as a tribute to River's dad, Brandon Blackstock.
"Piece by piece, you restored my faith that a man could be kind and a father could stay," sings Clarkson, whose own parents divorced when she was a child.
Clarkson, 33, opened up about the song's message in an interview with Glamour earlier this year.
"I had [my daughter] River, and even from holding her the first day, I was like, how could anyone walk away from that? Then I started thinking that my husband [Brandon Blackstock] is such a great father," she said. "He’s not an audience guy — he is onstage doing the work with me. He changes diapers, he stays up, and if I’ve had a late night, he’ll wake up with her in the morning. We’re definite partners, and I felt so lucky."
She continued, "I was talking to my sister on the phone about how sometimes girls with daddy issues don’t find men like that! You find men who are all you knew, and I just feel so lucky. Maybe it’s because I waited and worked through my 20s."
Clarkson said "Piece by Piece" is meant to be a positive song, even though it "sounds sad."
"I don’t know what my father went through as a child, and I don’t know why he left and made the decisions he made, but everyone’s human," she added. "I don’t understand it for me, but I understand the depth of what that is — having a child — now, and he’s made me want to be that much more present in my family."
Clarkson and Blackstock are expanding their brood — the singer revealed in August that she and her husband were expecting their second child. In fact, it was after choking up while singing "Piece by Piece" at a Los Angeles concert that Clarkson made the announcement.
Hopefully, River's baby brother will make an appearance in future music videos!