And their divorce played a major part in inspiring her latest studio album Chemistry, which was released at the end of June.
In the song “Me,” the lyrics of which Kelly shared back in April before the single was released, she sings about losing identity in a relationship.
“Loved you so much / Took an army to pull me up,” the lyrics read. “But now on the other side / I remembered I could fly.”
And much like her rewrite to “Piece By Piece,” the song’s chorus is a dedicated to self-empowerment: “I don’t need somebody to hold me / Don’t need somebody to love me / Don’t need somebody to pick these pieces up. I put together my broken / Let go of the pain I’ve been holdin’ / Don’t need to need somebody / When I got me.”
In fact earlier this year the American Idol alum shared a little behind her thought process while writing Chemistry, which she described as covering “the arc of an entire relationship.”
“I was trying to find a word that really described the whole thing because I didn’t want everybody to think I was just coming out with some just like, ‘I’m angry. I’m sad,'” she said in a March Instagram post. “A whole relationship shouldn’t be just brought down to one thing. So there’s the good, the bad and the ugly kind of thing going on in it.”