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Any working parent will tell you that finding time to get away from it all is hard. Now imagine being a mom of two young kids who also happens to be an international pop superstar with a new album to promote — the chances of having some quiet downtime with your partner are just about zero. Kelly Clarkson found a way to have it all on CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden on Wednesday night, though, when she turned her “Carpool Karaoke” ride with the host into a hit parade and a romantic date with hubby Brandon Blackstock.
Clarkson and Corden got right down to business, busting into the singer’s breakthrough 2004 hit “Since U Been Gone,” which segued right into her latest smash, the soulful “Love So Soft” from Clarkson’s Meaning of Life album, complete with that killer high note. Talk turned to the shout-out the singer got in Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, her facility at putting said babies to sleep with killer lullabies and dreams of being a marine biologist.
There was, of course, more singing, with Corden and Clarkson falling into perfect harmony on the sweeping “Because of You” and then the host surprising Clarkson with a cameo from Blackstock, who fed her chocolate strawberries and sparkling wine in the back seat as a violin player set the mood. “It’s difficult because I work a lot and I’m a mom, but we can try,” Clarkson said of attempting to find time alone while a clearly embarrassed Blackstock tried to get into it.
“I feel like we’re making a porn,” laughed Blackstock, with Corden reprimanding him for ruining the romantic mood he tried to set while the couple got some time away from 3-year-old daughter River Rose, 19-month-old son Remington and Blackstock’s 16-year-old daughter Savannah and 10-year-old son Seth.
Watch the whole video, below.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.