Today we have some sad and shocking news: After nearly 7 years of marriage, Kelly Clarkson is filing for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock. She filed court papers to end her marriage on June 4 in Los Angeles; they appeared online today. Kelly cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their separation. According to the filing, Kelly’s married name is Kelly Blackstock, and she’s requesting that her legal last name be restored to Clarkson. It also appears that the couple had a prenuptial agreement.
Kelly and Brandon have two children together, River Rose (born in 2014) and Remington (born in 2016). They are seeking joint custody of both children, and while Kelly is not seeking spousal support, she also requests that she not be required to pay Blackstock spousal support, either.
Kelly first met Brandon way back in the mid-2000s; at the time he was married. They didn’t meet again until early 2012, at which point Brandon was divorced from his first wife. They began dating in February, and by the end of the year, they were engaged. In October 2013, Kelly and Brandon got married – eschewing plans for a big wedding and choosing to elope instead. The following spring, on June 12, 2014, their first child togehter, River Rose, was born. Then on April 12, 2016, son Remington was born. Brandon also has two children from his first marriage, Savannah and Seth.
This news is quite unexpected. Kelly has always gushed over how in love she is with Brandon, how much he supports her, and how good of a father she is. Indeed, her emotional song “Piece By Piece” was inspired by him, in contrast with her own largely absent father.
During this pandemic, they were quarantined together in Montana, where Kelly continued to work on an upcoming album. Beyond music, Kelly has been involved with many projects, notably her daytime show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, which launched last September. Brandon – who is also her manager – has been with her each step of the way, helping her grow her career.
We don’t have any information on why Kelly has filed for divorce. But from our perspective, it seems quite sudden, suggesting something must have happened. Perhaps in time we’ll learn more. But for now, we’re respecting Kelly and Brandon’s privacy.
Impact on Kelly’s Upcoming Album?
Divorce can be a deeply emotional, stressful, and time-consuming event. As such, we expect that Kelly’s upcoming album – originally due later this year – will likely be impacted. It may be pushed back to 2021, but moreover, its sound and lyrical themes are likely to change. Will it still sounds like a mixture of Breakaway, Stronger, and Meaning Of Life? Or might Kelly write new, sadder songs? Will it end up more like My December instead?
If it does change, it may also alter what songs appear in the tracklist. Will her new song “I Dare You” still fit in? What about her recently recorded duet with a mystery partner? Again, we have only questions at this point.
For now, let’s keep Kelly and Brandon – and their children – in our thoughts. Keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson news.
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