Jill BidenJill BidenBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE says that mothers have had to take on much of the burden of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Moms, they were struggling before the pandemic," the first lady said in a Thursday interview from the White House on "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

COVID-19, Biden told Clarkson, has "just really exacerbated everything that moms have to handle."


"Now they're helping their kids online," Biden said in response to Clarkson's question about how she balances her work in the White House, with her job as a community college professor, and her role as a mom.

"I feel like I'm just like you're saying — every American woman who's working and trying to take care of my family," said Biden.

"I love my teaching job, and then I have everything and all the issues I'm working on in the White House. So it's like every other American woman," added the first lady, 69.

In an interview with CBS News earlier this month, President BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE called the millions of women dropping out of the workforce amid the coronavirus pandemic — more than 2 million in the past year — a "national emergency."

In her sit-down with Clarkson — her first solo TV interview since her husband took office last month — Biden said, "The one thing I have to say is there is hope. There is hope coming."

Biden also opened up in the wide-ranging chat about her 1975 divorce and the first family's pair of dogs.


Clarkson, who filed for divorce from her own ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, in June, asked Biden about knowing when she was ready to marry again.

"It took me a long time. It took me at least a year to get on my feet again. I didn't know anybody that had been divorced," Biden said of her split from her first husband, Bill Stevenson.

"I felt like it was a failure on my part. I kept thinking, you know I lost my self-esteem because I thought, what's wrong with me? Why couldn't I make this work?" Biden continued.

"And then just unexpectedly, you know, I met Joe," Biden said.

The couple married in 1977.

"Kelly, this is what I would say to you if I were your mother," Biden advised the 38-year-old singer and "American Idol" alum. "My mother always said to me, 'Things are going to look better tomorrow. And if you can take one day at a time, things will get better.'

"I look back on it now and I think you know if I hadn't gotten divorced, I wouldn't have met Joe. I wouldn't have the beautiful family I have now."

Biden also introduced Clarkson to the furry members of her family: German shepherds Champ and Major. The latter is the first shelter rescue dog to live in the White House.

Despite the pooches' positions as first dogs, Biden said they can't go canine crazy inside the executive mansion.

"They're not allowed on the furniture," she said.