Kelly Clarkson Reportedly Requests Judge Legally Change Back Her Last Name Amid Brandon Blackstock Divorce

by Leanne Stahulak

After a horrendously long year of divorce struggles and legal issues, Kelly Clarkson wants to take one more step to remove herself from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.

People magazine reports that Clarkson has asked a judge to change her legal name back. When she married Blackstock back in 2013, she took on his last name legally. Though professionally, she continued going by Kelly Clarkson.

Now, she’ll be Kelly Clarkson all-around. The Blast obtained new legal documents that show the singer’s request for the name change.

“Petitioner requests restoration of the former name as set forth in the proposed judgment,” the document states, according to The Blast.

The outlet also reports that Clarkson asked for a default judgment to speed things along and finalize the divorce. She first filed for divorce back in June 2020, and the year since then has been messy with legalities.

For example, back in September 2020, Kelly Clarkson’s father-in-law sued her amidst divorce negotiations for $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. Clarkson ended up countersuing Blackstock’s father, who runs her management company. She claimed they violated the California Labor Code by “procuring, offering, promising or attempting to procure employment or engagements” without being licensed.

Then, in November, Clarkson and Blackstock battled it out in court for full custody of their two children. Their daughter River Rose is seven years old, while their son Remington Alexander is five. Clarkson ended up winning custody of the kids.

“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 source told People magazine. “It’s been a hard time for everyone, but Kelly’s pleased with the court’s ruling regarding custody.”

Kelly Clarkson’s Divorce Struggles Keep Piling Up

After gaining custody of her children, Kelly Clarkson focused on keeping the kids out of the messiest parts of her and Blackstock’s divorce.

“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 People source said. “In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests.”

Those unreasonable requests include demanding that Clarkson pay for his attorney fees and pay him a significant amount for child and spousal support. A separate source told People magazine that Blackstock originally asked the singer to pay him $436,000 per month. Since then, the amount has dropped down to about $200,000, which Clarkson will continue to pay him until the divorce is settled.

But the payments don’t bother Clarkson, especially since they’re on a temporary basis. She has more important things to focus on anyway.

“Kelly is more than fine. She is doing great and facing forward,” the first source explained. “She’s enjoying the fact that she has the kids for the vast majority of the time and is enjoying time spent with them.”