Kelly Clarkson Requests Courts To Declare Her Legally Single Amid Brandon Blackstock Divorce

Kelly Clarkson is seeking her independence amid her divorce from Brandon Blackstock. According to TMZ, the singer/television host’s lawyer, Laura…


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July 6, 2021


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Kelly Clarkson is seeking her independence amid her divorce from Brandon Blackstock.

According to TMZ, the singer/television host’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed legal documents on Friday (July 2), requesting that the courts officially grant Clarkson’s request for a divorce. The request reportedly asked the judge to put other ongoing issues, such as a financial settlements and child custody resolutions, to the side to be resolved at another time. 

If her request is granted, Clarkson, 39, would be deemed legally single as divorce proceeds continue. 

The news comes after TMZ reported that Blackstock challenged their prenuptial agreement with claims that the document is invalid. With million of dollars on the line, the judge has yet to make a decision regarding the prenup. 


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Clarkson was granted primary physical custody of their children, River, 7, and Remington, 5, in the divorce proceedings. The Texas native is trying to make the best of the co-parenting situation, however, admits it’s difficult. 

“It’s tough. … I know with me and Brandon, it’s just a difficult thing because we’re in different places, and it’s like, we both agree on the main things, but it’s a hard thing when you’re not together all the time, for me personally,” she told Khloé Kardashian during a February episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. “As long as you make sure it’s about the children and their best interests, then we’re both on board.”

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

Clarkson filed for divorce from music manager Blackstock in June of 2020, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their separation. In September 2020, Starstuck Management, owned by Clarkson’s father-in-law Narvel Blackstock, sued Clarkson with claims that she owed the company more than $1 million in unpaid commission. She later filed a petition claimed that Brandon and Narvel defrauded her by charging larged sums of money while she was working with the management company. Brandon Blackstock denied Clarkson’s allegations. 

Clarkson and Blackstock initially met in 2006 and later reconnected in 2012 at a Super Bowl party. They moved in together nine months after their first date and later got engaged. They wed in Tennessee in the fall of the following year.

This is Clarkson’s first marriage and Blackstock’s second.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.