Kelly Clarkson Awarded Primary Custody of 4-Year-Old and 6-Year-Old Kids

by Jennifer Shea

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson has won primary custody of her two children, 6-year-old River Rose and 4-year-old Remy Alexander. 

Kelly Clarkson Wins Custody Battle

Clarkson is in the midst of a divorce from her husband of nearly seven years, Brandon Blackstock. Blackstock wants to live on their ranch in Montana and had sought joint custody, with the children being carted back and forth between Clarkson’s home in Los Angeles and the ranch, TMZ reports.  

Instead, a judge has granted Clarkson primary custody of the children. The couple has joint physical and legal custody, but Clarkson will have the kids with her during the week and on some weekends. Blackstock gets them on the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends of the month, and the kids will only have to travel to Montana on that 3rd weekend.

“The court finds that the minor children are not now and have not been residents of Montana and that California is their home state,” the judge said, according to TMZ.

Divorce Affects the Kids

Clarkson and Blackstock had been struggling earlier this year. They had hoped some time in Montana would be good for their relationship. Instead, the quarantine only deepened their problems.

The nonstop time together drove their relationship downhill, a source told Entertainment Tonight. Clarkson was the one who filed for divorce on June 4, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple are reportedly still talking and want to put their kids first. Clarkson had a prenup that will protect her earnings, the source told ET. She’s also seeking to have her legal name return to Clarkson from Blackstock.

Clarkson has been reticent to discuss the breakup publicly. She said she’ll be open about it on her talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” but not delve into things too much.

“My children and his older children — there are a lot of little hearts involved in this,” Clarkson said. “And while people feel, ‘Oh my gosh, what a loss,’ imagine how it is in the epicenter of the storm. It’s a lot to process and deal with, just as a family. So because it’s not just me, I probably won’t go too deep with it.”