Kelly Clarkson is ready for a fresh start as she continues to finalize her divorce from her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, and she’s marking this new chapter of her life with a brand-new name.
The pop star turned talk show host filed court documents on Monday, obtained by Us Weekly, stating that she now has “a desire” to legally go by Kelly Brianne, her first and middle name, because “my new name more fully reflects who I am.” A hearing regarding this petition is scheduled for March 28.
This request for a name change comes as Clarkson and Blackstock continue to hammer out the details of her divorce after she initially filed for divorce in June 2020, following about seven years of marriage. In July 2021, she and her attorney filed a motion for a separate trial to terminate her marital status so that the judge could declare her legally single. In the documents obtained by Us Weekly in July 2021, Clarkson claimed that she “has made good-faith efforts to settle” her dispute with her estranged husband, while her husband and his lawyers “have no intention of reaching a global settlement of this matter anytime soon.” She was legally declared single in September 2021.
The couple currently share joint physical and legal custody of their two children, seven-year-old River Rose and five-year-old Remington Alexander, with Clarkson holding primary physical custody in Los Angeles. They’ve also finalized negotiations in regard to the ownership of their Montana ranch, with Clarkson agreeing to give her estranged husband a 5.12% share of the property, which amounts to $908,800, according to court documents. She was also previously ordered to pay Blackstock $150,000 a month in spousal support, as well as $45,601 a month in child support, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
In October 2020, Clarkson also accused her estranged husband and his father’s management company, Starstruck Management Group, of defrauding her of millions through “illegal services,” alleging that Blackstock and his father worked as unlicensed California talent agents—claims that Blackstock and his father have strongly denied.
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