Talk about a juggling act: With Kelly Clarkson balancing her career, single motherhood and her ongoing divorce battle with ex-manager Brandon Blackstock, friends fear the triple whammy is starting to take a toll on her well-being.
“She’s been running herself ragged for months,” an OK! insider says of the American Idol alum, 38, who split from Blackstock, 44, last June. (Although Clarkson won primary custody of their kids, River, 6, and Remington, 4, she’s still fighting him in court over spousal and child support.) “She’s having trouble sleeping and lays awake in bed all night worrying and there are times she’ll burst into tears.”
The singer is also still trying to sell her L.A. home and Nashville property, “and that’s all on top of her talk show and making music,” adds the insider. “It’s a lot of stress. Kelly’s tough, but this is all too much for her to handle, especially on her own.”
"You speak about co-parenting, and I'm doing that right now too," she told Kardashian — who shares 2-year-old daughter True with Tristan Thompson. "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."
Later in that interview, however, Clarkson insisted that the couple always focuses on the kids first and foremost.
“As long as you make sure it’s about the children and their best interests, then we’re both on board," she added.
OK! was the first to reveal that Clarkson filed a claim to the California Labor Commissioner's Office in October 2020. In her claim, she alleged that her agreement with Blackstock management (which is owned by Blackstock and his dad, Narvel), was a "fraudulent and subterfuge device" so that her managers could perform "illegal services" as agents.
As OK! reported, Blackstock then fired back at his estranged wife’s claims, denying the accusations that he was charging her outlandish fees during the duration of her contract with his management company. The talent agent reportedly claimed that Clarkson is not entitled to any money that he, his father or their management company earned while working with her over the past 13 years.
The bitter feud between the "Stronger" crooner and the Blackstock family began just mere months after she filed for divorce from her husband of seven years in June 2020.