Kelly Clarkson Officially Changes Legal Name To Kelly Brianne After Bitter Brandon Blackstock Divorce
It's official! Kelly Clarkson has finalized her name change to Kelly Brianne.
After filing to change her legal name, the singer, 39, was granted her request by a California judge on Monday, March 28.
"There being no objections, the petition for change of name is granted," Monday's court documents stated, per Us Weekly. "The Decree is signed and filed. the Petitioner's name is changed from KELLY BRIANNE CLARKSON to KELLY BRIANNE."
As OK! reported, The Voice coach filed for the new moniker last month while claiming that it more accurately resonated with who she really is. "My new name more fully reflects who I am," she wrote in her petition, while requesting to officially go by just her first and middle name.
Last week, the powerhouse vocalist comically addressed her name change during the premiere of her new show, American Song Contest.
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"I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name," she explained on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere on Monday, March 21, while assuring her fans that she will still publicly be known by her household name. "I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I'm still Kelly Clarkson."
"I don't think I can change Clarkson at this point. I'm 20 years in!" the American Idol winner joked.
The Kelly Clarkson Show host's filing came in the midst of her grueling divorce with ex Brandon Blackstock, which was finally settled earlier this month.
The former spouses — who initially got hitched in 2013 — filed for divorce in June 2020, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their split.
After being declared legally divorced in September 2021, the estranged coparents have been duking it out over money and property issues in recent months.
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Per their final agreement, Blackstock, 45, will receive $115,000 each month in spousal support from the "Stronger" singer until January 2024, in addition to child support. The former couple shares joint legal custody of their two children: River Rose, 7, and Remington, 5.