Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock, who is also her manager, got married in 2013 and decided to part ways after seven years of marriage.
For most people, marriages are meant to be forever but life doesn't always go our way. There are challenges and hiccups that we can either overcome as a couple or the bond perishes. All relationships need to be nurtured for it to stay strong over the years but it might be difficult to do so at times due to differences. Divorce is the last resort for most people and they only opt for it because there is nothing that can fix the marriage anymore.
Singer Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from husband of 7 years Brandon Blackstock in June 2020 after quarantining with him. Clarkson, 38, and Blackstock, 43, have two children, daughter River Rose, 6, and son Remington Alexander, 4, together. Blackstock has two more children, Savannah, 18, and Seth, 13, from a previous marriage.
The American Idol winner and Blackstock's lives have been intertwined for a long time. Blackstock, who is her manager, is the son of Narvel Blackstock, who used to be Clarkson's manager. Also, Brandon's stepmom Reba McEntire is Kelly’s mentor. They met in 2006 and he captured her heart, as per GoodHousekeeping.
"This guy walks by, making everybody laugh. I said, 'I’m gonna end up with him. I know it,'" she told People Magazine in 2013. However, she didn't do anything about it then as he was married to his now-ex-wife Melissa Ashworth in 2006. They met again six years later when she was going to perform at the Super Bowl.
"I was so nervous because it wasn’t that I didn’t want to suck for the millions of people watching, I didn’t want to suck because I was trying to impress a guy," Clarkson told SiriusXM listeners in 2017, as per GoodHousekeeping. "I wanted him to be like, ‘Damn.’ It had nothing to do with the Super Bowl!"
They married a year later and welcomed their first child in 2014 and their second child two years later. Clarkson, who started a new television career as the host of The Kelly Clarkson Show on NBC, decided to end things with her life partner. She had seen herself growing old with him.
"You can ask anyone that’s gone through divorce—I don’t think anyone expects it," Clarkson said. "You see yourself growing old with someone and then life has a different path. And it’s so hard on everyone," she told Hoda Kotb on the Today show, according to StyleCaster. The Since U Been Gone singer has been open about her divorce "because I think we all go through things so we can help each other not feel alone."
In another interview, she said that life has been quite hard since she decided to part ways with Blackstock. "I mean, it's no secret. My life has been a little bit of a dumpster," she said, according to People Magazine. "Personally, it's been a little hard the last couple months. I've been talking to friends that have been through divorce. I don't know how people go through that without having some kind of outlet because it is the worst thing ever for everyone involved," the mother of two added.
The Because of You singer also won her first Emmy in the middle of her hard phase. "I totally forgot that the Emmys were on," she said, after winning outstanding talk show host at the Daytime Emmys. The win for her new role came at the right time and cheered her up.
"I'm sitting there playing with Legos with my kid. My executive producer Alex calls me and is, like, 'You are the best host.' And I was, like, 'Thank you,’” she said. "I was having kind of a hard week, and I literally almost started crying, because I was like, 'This is just the nicest thing to call someone out of nowhere and just be kind.' And she was, like, 'No, no, no, no. You won the Emmy for outstanding...' and I was, like, 'What?!'"
In her speech, she thanked Blackstock for "believing in me & convincing me" to do the show, which premiered last year.
The mother-of-two wants to be open about her divorce and her new album will be an honest portrayal of her marriage. However, she is not revealing everything for the sake of her children.
"I am a very open person, but I'm not going to be able to be truly open about this in certain aspects because there's kids involved,” she said in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. "I think that I will navigate a way in which to be open and honest about it eventually, probably via the show, and it'll probably, I'm assuming, happen organically when someone says something in conversation or something," she said, adding that she's tight-lipped since "there are a lot of little hearts involved.”