Growing up can be an emotional roller coaster — something Kelsea Ballerini knows all too well. Now, she wants her young fans to understand it, too.
"I just feel like it's my responsibility as someone that people look to and little girls look up to to show all the sides of the human condition and all the sides of being a grown up, that experiences life as it happens," she said.
Though Ballerini's life may look glamorous on the outside, she made it known that she goes through ups and downs like everyone else. "I'm happy on days that I'm happy and I'm sad on days that I'm sad. And I just want to feel that as it comes," she noted.
The 29-year-old personally navigates through her feelings with songwriting, a skill she learned at the age of 12 after her parents separated.
"The catalyst for music for me was that divorce, and through every season of my life, and growing up in change and celebration and everything, it's how I've processed my feelings," the artist disclosed.
The country singer's better self-understanding has resulted in her fourth studio album, Subject to Change.
"It's really my post pandemic project," she added of her new work, which features 15 tracks. "Like everyone else in the world, I was forced to sit in stillness and I'm not good at that."
The blonde beauty is hoping that many people relate to the new songs. "I know that's a cliché term, but if you're just experiencing growing up and the beauty of that, there's something for you," she explained. "If you're experiencing love, there's something for you. If you're experiencing turmoil, there's something for you and everything in between."
The star, who recently filed for divorce from Morgan Evans, 37, explained that the new album is about self-discovery — a "juxtaposition of dark and light."
"I have just always felt like I want to show all the sides of my life, and sometimes that's really complicated to do because I am a human that is trying to navigate a lot of stuff," the "Roses" songstress admitted.
Ballerini will mark the album's release with a 10-night Heartfirst tour, kicking off on Saturday, September 24, in New York City.
Ballerini spoke with People.