There’s no denying exes Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock have some of the most precious kids. Although the Kelly Clarkson Show star and the music executive called it quits following nearly seven years of marriage, the former couple is focusing on doing what’s best for their blended brood.
“Kelly and Brandon’s priority is their kids. They’re on board about moving forward with coparenting as their prime concern,” an insider exclusively told Closer Weekly after she filed for divorce in early June 2020, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split.
The “Since U Been Gone” singer and Brandon share their two kids, River Rose and Remington, while the talent manager is also the dad of his eldest children, Savannah and Seth, from his previous marriage to Melissa Ashworth.
“They’re working on making this transition as easy as possible for all their kids,” the source explained of the former couple, who tied the knot in 2013. “She considers his kids hers … so it’s going to be an emotionally tough road ahead.”
Kelly and Brandon’s divorce proceedings are still ongoing, but in late November 2020, the American Idol alum was granted primary physical custody of their little ones. According to documents obtained by Closer Weekly, the “Stronger” songstress will have primary custody of their daughter, River, and their son, Remington, due to an “increased” level of conflict.
“The court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody,” the court document read. “The parties have a difficult time coparenting due to issues of trust between them.”
Kelly has primary physical custody in Los Angeles, but the loving mom and the TV personality will share joint physical and legal custody, the document noted. Because River and Remington will be staying with Kelly in L.A. for the majority of the time, they’ve come up with “a mutually agreed upon time” for Brandon to FaceTime their kids every day.
It’s been nearly a year since Kelly and Brandon called it quits, but fans are still shocked considering the “Because of You” songstress seemed so smitten about her longtime love. In fact, the duo’s romance kicked off with a whirlwind start as they got engaged just 10 months after they began dating in 2012.
The “My Life Would Suck Without You” singer sweetly opened up about her relationship with the music guru at the time. “I’ve never been truly loved like I am right now,” she gushed to Cosmopolitan in January 2013.
Even before welcoming River Rose and Remington together, Kelly marveled over becoming the proud stepmom to Brandon’s kids. “We all live together and everything. It’s so different, but it’s perfect. They’re awesome, and I actually really dig the mom thing,” Kelly revealed On Air With Ryan Seacrest in 2013.
In February 2021, the Texas native opened up about her coparenting efforts with Brandon. “You speak about coparenting, and I’m doing that right now too,” she expressed to Khloé Kardashian, who shares daughter True Thompson with off-again, on-again boyfriend Tristan Thompson, during an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. “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 hard thing when you’re not together all the time, for me personally.”
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