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BIG-HEARTED Dolly Par­ton is help­ing a dev­as­tated Kelly Clark­son bounce back from the wreck­age of her shat­tered mar­riage!

Sources snitched to The Na­tional EN­QUIRER the two have been burn­ing up the phone lines since Kelly ditched hus­band Bran­don Black­stock in Mon­tana and flew back to L.A. with their kids River Rose, 6, and Rem­ing­ton, 4.

“Dolly’s giv­ing Kelly daily pep talks and telling her to hang in there be­cause this will pass,” said an in­sider close to the 74-year-old su­per­star.

“She says Kelly’s life may seem like hell now, but things will get bet­ter in time and

Kelly needs to fo­cus on her­self and her two adorable kids. “They’ve been friends for years, and Dolly has been like a se­cond mom to Kelly. She was in­stantly on the case when she saw Kelly’s bro­ken heart needed mend­ing.”

The “Voice” coach, 38, looked up to Dolly as she climbed the lad­der on her way to win­ning “Amer­i­can Idol” in 2002, sources said.

“Kelly lis­tened to Dolly’s songs while she was work­ing three jobs to earn money to make a demo,” dished the in­sider.

“When they fi­nally met, it was as if they’d known each other for years.

“Dolly sees a lot of her­self in Kelly and thinks she’ll go even fur­ther once this di­vorce busi­ness is done.”

As The EN­QUIRER has re­ported, Kelly has also been com­forted by close pal Reba McEn­tire, who’s Bran­don’s step­mom — and has urged Kelly to give Bran­don the boot as her man­ager as well!

With a di­vorce bat­tle ahead,

Kelly — who also hosts her own talk show — is re­ly­ing heav­ily on Dolly’s life ex­pe­ri­ence. “Dolly’s suf­fered hard times too — poverty, dis­ap­point­ment — but she’s al­ways had the for­ti­tude to keep go­ing and she’s urg­ing Kelly to do the same,” spilled the in­sider. “She’s the life force Kelly needs right now.”

Par­ton was in­stantly on the case when she saw Kelly needed help

Bran­don Black­stock and Kelly mar­ried in Oc­to­ber 2013 The blended fam­ily in hap­pier times Dolly has urged Clark­son to fo­cus on her­self and her two young chil­dren

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