Not all love stories have a happy ending, and such was the case for Kelly Clarkson and her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock. Although the former lovers shared plenty of amazing memories and became the loving parents of their kids, the American Idol alum and the businessman ultimately called it quits.
Kelly and Brandon have been involved in a tumultuous legal battle since the “Because of U” singer filed for divorce in June 2020. Closer confirmed Kelly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split, according to the court documents obtained at the time.
Since splitting after seven years, Kelly and Brandon have had a difficult time coming to an agreement, especially when it comes to the custody of their two children, River Rose and Remington. In November 2020, the Kelly Clarkson Show host was granted primary physical custody of their kids, with court documents stating an “increased” level of conflict as the reason.
“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 document read, Closer confirmed. “The parties have a difficult time coparenting due to issues of trust between them.”
With Kelly having primary physical custody, River and Remington have been staying with their mom in Los Angeles for the majority of the time. However, the exes have come up with “a mutually agreed upon time” for Brandon to FaceTime their kids every day. The latest update in their case comes in July 2021 when Kelly asked a judge to declare her legally single.
According to In Touch, the songstress requested to “terminate” her marital status as Brandon and his lawyers “have no intention of reaching a global settlement of this matter anytime soon,” she wrote in the filing, noting neither “counseling or reconciliation effort” will be of assistance. “[Brandon] and I both deserve the opportunity to build a new life.”
Kelly’s request has yet to be fulfilled, and shortly after she filed to be legally single, a judge temporarily ordered her to pay Brandon nearly $200,000 in support, a source confirmed to Closer. Despite going through the bitter split, the former couple is trying to stay amicable for their children.
“Kelly and Brandon’s priority is their kids,” an insider exclusively told Closer at the time their split made headlines, adding the two were “on board about moving forward with coparenting” as their primary concern. “They’re working on making this transition as easy as possible for all their kids. It’s going to be an emotionally tough road ahead.”
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