Kelly Clarkson fans were shocked when news broke that the singer officially filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock, but then fans realized that they don't know much him. Entertainment Tonight confirmed that Clarkson filed the legal paperwork in an L.A. court on June 4. Neither Clarkson nor Blackstock has issued an official statement on the news.
No other details about the nature of divorce appear to have been shared. There is no word on the grounds for the split. Most often, celebrity couples will cite "irreconcilable differences" in their divorce papers, but it is not yet known if that is the case here. Clarkson and Blackstock's relationship goes all the way back to 2006, when they first met. Continue scrolling to learn more about Blackstock, and his relationship with the American Idol winner.
What Does He Do?
Blackstock is a talent manager and has worked alongside famous country music acts, such as Rascal Flatts. This avenue is actually how he and Clarkson also met, as while she was working with Rascal Flatts, she discovered Blackstock was her manager's son, per Country Fancast.
"It was kind of weird. I was like 'Dude, I gotta know that guy.' We were just in a room together, and then he came up and said he was from the same hometown as me, and I was like, 'Oh, we're so getting married,' I was so that girl. When he became single, I was on the prowl," she admitted in a past interview with Ryan Seacrest.prevnext
Blackstock is famously known as the son of Narvel Blackstock, who was married to Reba McEntire from 1989 until their divorce in 2015. This makes him the former stepson of the country music icon, with whom Clarkson has worked on multiple projects. The two appeared on CMT's Crossroads together in 2007, which led to a powerful friendship that included a 2008 North America tour called the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour. They also recorded the singles "Because of You," "Softly and Tenderly" and "Silent Night" together. In 2018, Clarkson performed "Fancy" when McEntire was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors, and McEntire even made an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in September 2019.prevnext
Previous Family Life
Blackstock was married once before, to a woman named Melissa Ashworth. He shared two children with Ashworth: a 13-year-old son named Seth, and an 18-year-old daughter named Savannah.prevnext
Marriage to Clarkson
Clarkson and Blackstock began dating in early 2012, with Blackstock asking Clarkson to be his bride, in December of the same year. They wed on Oct. 20, 2013, at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.prevnext
In 2013, rumors arose that Blackstock had cheated on Clarkson, when an anonymous source told The Dirty that they had been "intimate" with him. The rumors were vehemently denied by Blackstock and rejected by Clarkson. Ashworth even spoke out, with Huffpost quoting her as saying, "This is ridiculous … this silliness. I have my two children [by Brandon] right here, who I love. I adore Kelly and Brandon as a couple, so if I say anything it's going to be positive."prevnext
In June 2014, Clarkson gave birth her first child with Blackstock, a daughter named River Rose. Two years later, in April 2016, she gave birth to their second child, a son named Remington Alexander.prevnext
Clarkson and Blackstock took their kids to spend the coronavirus quarantine on their ranch in Montana. "We've been in really close quarters and it's been kind of nuts, I'm not going to lie," she said of being together, then adding that she knows how lucky they are to have been in a safe environment.prev