Kelly Clarkson is requesting a judge declare her legally divorced from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.
This past Thursday, legal documents filed by the singer’s attorney in Los Angeles court revealed an appeal to the judge to officially sign off on her divorce — allowing to leave arrangements such as spousal and child support for a later date.
Clarkson reasoned that she and Blackstock “both deserve the opportunity to build a new life,” in a declaration to the court. Clarkson, 38, filed for divorce in June 2020 after seven years of marriage. The divorce proceedings are ongoing.
Back in November, an L.A. County judge granted Clarkson primary physical custody of their children River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4. A source who is close to the family revealed how Clarkson is “pleased” by the custody ruling.
“As Kelly has said, her first priority in all of this is to take care of the kids and all the hearts that are involved in this divorce,” a second source said. “It’s been a hard time for everyone, but Kelly’s pleased with the court’s ruling regarding custody.”
“Divorce is hard and it gets tense for most couples going through it. But Kelly’s primary focus is on doing the best she can to protect the kids,” the source added. “In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests.”
Blackstock, 43, is also seeking $436,000 in monthly spousal as well as child support. If the music producer’s request remains, he’d receive more than $5.2 million per year.
Back in February, Clarkson shared how she used music as an outlet amid the split.
“I have written like, 60 songs,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “It is an insane amount of getting it out.”
“I think that’s a blessing in itself,” she continued. “Anytime you go through some life, it’s such an awesome thing to have that outlet, regardless of whether people hear it or not.”
She later added, “I don’t know how anybody, I’ll just be real with you, goes through grief like divorce, any kind of grief, any kind of loss, without having an outlet like this.”
According to sources close to Clarkson — she is “not in the best place emotionally” at the moment despite her cheerful disposition on her show.
“One day, she just started crying uncontrollably,” an insider said. “She felt so lost, so alone. That’s when she knew she’d hit rock bottom.”
Hopefully, things start to turn around for the singer!
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