Kelly Clarkson holds her adorably smiley baby River for the latest cover of People magazine, on newsstands Friday.
Here’s what the 32-year-old singer had to share with the mag:
On motherhood: “My whole life took a big 180. I never thought I was going to be a mom, so it’s very much changed my world in the most awesome way.”
On her life perspective: “I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth. And now I’m more than that. I’m a mother and a wife and have this whole other thing going on.”
On the idea of family: “I have a certain level of peace I didn’t know was going to come with it. My best friend always says, ‘You just want to create the family you never had.’ I might be doing that. In defense of my family, it happens. People fall out of love, and people go separate ways. People are human. I’ve accomplished a lot, but I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die people will say, ‘She was so successful as a mother, and as a wife.’ That’s kind of my big goal.”
For more on Kelly, visit People.com.