By Media Music News – March 22, 2022
She’s breaking away from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.
Singer Kelly Clarkson disclosed the reason behind her decision to change her name legally to Kelly Brianne — and not surprisingly, it has to do with her recently settled divorce from Brandon Blackstock.
“I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name,” she told “People (the TV Show!)” at the premiere of “American Song Contest” Monday.
“I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I’m still Kelly Clarkson.”
The “Catch My Breath” singer then joked, “I don’t think I can change Clarkson at this point. I’m 20 years in!”
Kelly Clarkson, 39, filed for the name change in February 2022 because she felt the new name “more fully reflects who I am,” as she explained in documents submitted to the courts at the time. A court hearing regarding her petition is scheduled for March 28, 2022.
In Clarkson and Blackstock’s bitter divorce, the “American Idol” season 1 winner was granted primary custody of their two children — daughter River, 7, and son Remington, 5 — while Blackstock, who resides in Montana, will have the kids one weekend a month.
The singer will keep the former couple’s Montana home, though Blackstock, 45, is allowed to live there until June 1. Meanwhile, he must pay her $12,500 a month for rent.
TMZ reported that the talent manager would get spousal support — $115,000 a month — but that agreement will expire in January 2024.
Clarkson filed for divorce from the former talent agent in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage. They were declared legally single in August 2021.
After going through an expensive and painful divorce proceedings, Clarkson joked in December 2021 that she’d be “single forever.”
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