and were for seven years until they called it quits in 2020. The “Miss Independent” artist was the one who filed for divorce that year, so what went wrong? Keep reading to learn everything we know about their divorce.
When Did Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock Start Dating?
The former couple first met in 2006 but didn’t start dating until early 2012, as Brandon was still married to his ex-wife Melissa Ashworth until they finalized their divorce that year. By the end of 2012, he and the “Since U Been Gone” artist got engaged. While announcing their engagement, Kelly gushed over Brandon’s proposal being the “happiest night of [her] life” via Twitter (now known as X).
While speaking with PEOPLE at the time, Kelly described the moment Brandon popped the question. “Out of nowhere I just said, ‘Thanks for being an awesome guy.’ I’ve never been loved properly by a man, and I was just like, ‘I thank you so much for that,’” she recalled. In 2013, the couple got married.
Throughout their marriage, Kelly opened up about their love. During an interview on SiriusXM in 2017, the “Behind These Hazel Eyes” singer explained that she “never felt … sexually attracted to anybody before [Brandon].” While pointing out that she wasn’t shading any of her exes, Kelly noted, “I honestly thought I was asexual — I’d never been turned on like that in my whole life. I was like, ‘Oh that’s that feeling … OK! That’s what they were talking about in Waiting to Exhale. I just got it. I just didn’t have a clue.”
By 2019, Brandon — being Kelly’s manager at the time — encouraged his then-wife to pursue her own talk show, which would go on to be The Kelly Clarkson Show. After most people had to quarantine at home amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Kelly revealed that she and Brandon were staying at their shared Montana ranch. During a May 2020 virtual discussion with her other coaches from The Voice, Kelly called her then-husband her “partner in crime.”
However, things took a drastic turn because two months later, she filed for divorce from Brandon in June 2020.
Why Did Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock Divorce?
In her divorce filing, Kelly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason behind their split, according to multiple outlets. The pair didn’t finalized their divorce until 2022 because they went back and forth over multiple legal disputes, including the custody of their children and their shared property in Montana. Ultimately, Kelly was ordered to pay Brandon over $1 million up front as well as $115,000 per month in spousal support. However, he was later due to several business deals he oversaw for Kelly’s career.
The following year, the “Because of You” artist gave fans insight into her and Brandon’s breakup.
“If you’re on the same path at the same time — and you’re actually working together, and every day communicating together and doing the work — I think that it could be beautiful. But for me, it wasn’t that and it was very limiting,” she noted during a 2023 appearance on the “We Can Do Hard Things” podcast. “That’s my fault, for allowing that to happen. Maybe, as in love as I was, I just wasn’t ready and maybe the other person wasn’t either.”
How Many Kids Do Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock Have?
The ex-spouses share two children together: son Remington Alexander and daughter River Rose. Kelly welcomed River Rose in 2014 and Remington in 2016.