Kelly Clarkson Comically Addresses Name Change Following Brandon Blackstock Divorce
Kelly Clarkson is opening up about her name change since filing for divorce from ex Brandon Blackstock.
During the Monday, March 21, premiere of her and cohost Snoop Dogg's new NBC talent show, American Song Contest, the Grammy Award winner clarified how she would like to be identified after filing to legally change her name last month to something that more accurately resonates with who she truly is.
"I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name," the 39-year-old told a People (the TV Show!) guest correspondent while on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere. "I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I'm still Kelly Clarkson."
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"I don't think I can change Clarkson at this point. I'm 20 years in!" the songstress joked.
As OK! reported, The Kelly Clarkson Show host cited in her February court filing that she was hoping to drop her last name and go by her first and middle name, Kelly Brianne. The "Since U Been Gone" artist explained she had a "desire" to change the moniker because "my new name more fully reflects who I am."
A hearing on the matter was reportedly scheduled for March 28.
Clarkson's hopeful name switch-up comes after she filed for divorce from ex-husband Blackstock, with whom she shares children River, 7, and Remington, 5, in June 2020 following their nearly seven year marriage.
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At the time, Clarkson cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, with their divorce being finalized earlier this month. According to their divorce agreement, the American Idol alum agreed to hand over a massive on-time payment of just over $1.3 million to the father of her children.
Apart from paying a monthly child support payment of $45,601 to Blackstock, Clarkson will also pay her ex $115,000 in spousal support per month until January 31, 2024.
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As her legal woes with her former partner have been getting ironed out, OK! learned the iconic singer is ready to start the next chapter of her life. Aside from Clarkson embarking on a new business endeavor, as she told the People correspondent: "I'm excited about this show. I'm excited about the freshness that it brings," she also seems to be looking forward to getting back into the dating scene.
“Kelly has entered the dating world,” an insider spilled earlier this month. "She’s being set up with friends and is open to dating again."
Despite her efforts, a source exclusively dished to OK! that Clarkson — who was declared legally single by a judge in August 2021 — hasn't found a spark with a new man yet. “She’s getting more frustrated by the day. All she wants is somebody to have a good time with and a little romance in her life.”