It's been three years since Kelly Clarkson split from her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. The American Idol singer was married to the talent manager from October 2013 to June 2020. The couple, who share daughter River and son Remington, finalized their divorce in March 2022.
Like many celebrity divorces, Clarkson and Blackstock was messy with the talk show host paying spousal and child support to her ex-husband. According to Us Weekly, Clarkson's spousal support payments have officially ended, which is a relief for her.
As the Grammy winner embarks on a new year and new chapter in her life, she's opening up about her divorce.
Kelly Clarkson didn't want to marry Brandon Blackstock
Clarkson and Blackstock's relationship started as a sweet love story. Blackstock is the son of Clarkson's former manager Narvel Blackstock and stepson of Reba McEntire. He and Clarkson began dating in late 2011 and in December 2012 were engaged.
After their 2013 wedding, Clarkson became stepmom to Blackstock's kids Savannah and Seth from his previous marriage. The couple would then welcome two children of their own.
While Clarkson and Blackstock's marriage seemed like a fairy tale, things weren't perfect. Following their split, Clarkson has been very open about the dynamics of her relationship. In a new interview with People magazine, the Breakaway singer revealed she had doubts about getting married.
"I never wanted to get married the first time. Brandon had children, a religious background, and it was important, I think, for him. But I've never been that person. Because I've been through a couple divorces in my family, I just don't like to put any weight on it. It can happen; it doesn't have to happen. "
As for whether she has any plans to start dating again, Clarkson laughed off the notion, "Dating sucks. It's so awkward." The Daytime Emmy winner has no time for romance with her busy schedule.
Between her kids, her music, her talk show, and settling into new home in New York; Clarkson has a lot on her plate. But the star isn't complaining. "I'm really good right now, I'm having a good time."