Kelly Clarkson Files Court Documents To Change Her Name To Kelly Brianne Amid Divorce

“My new name more fully reflects who I am,” Clarkson shared.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 17, 2022

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Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks, NBCUniversal

Is Kelly Clarkson changing her name to Kelly Brianne amid her divorce from Brandon Blackstock?

The superstar and just-announced American Song Contest host has filed to legally change her name to Kelly Brianne, according to court documents obtained by US Weekly.

The outlet reported that the court documents, which were filed on Monday, February 14, said that the Texas native had “a desire” to drop her last name and would rather go by her first and middle names.

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

“My new name more fully reflects who I am,” Clarkson reportedly said in the court documents.

A court hearing for the name change is set to take place on March 28.

In June of 2020, after seven years of marriage, the “Since U Been Gone” singer filed for divorce from Blackstock, citing “irreconcilable differences.” 

Kelly Clarkson; Photos by Art Streiber_NBC
Kelly Clarkson; Photos by Art Streiber_NBC

While the divorce has yet to be 100% finalized, the former couple recently agreed upon the ownership details of the Montana ranch they once shared. Clarkson has agreed to give Blackstock 5.12 percent of the property, which allegedly amounts to $908,800. 

Clarkson and Blackstock have two children together: River, 7, and Remington, 5. She was previously ordered to pay $150,000 per month in spousal support and an additional $45,601 per month to Blackstock to “benefit” their children.

Amid the divorce, Clarkson has kept busy with work, releasing a Christmas album late last year, continuing her Emmy-award-winning talk show as well as appearing as a coach on Season 20 of NBC’s The Voice, and more.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.