A day after winning custody of her two children, Kelly Clarkson opens up about how ‘horrible’ the custody battle has been between her and her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.
On Monday, Clarkson was awarded primary custody of the two children she has with Blackstock.
The singer, talk show host and judge on The Voice is releasing some details about her divorce and custody battle.
Clarkson has been reluctant to open up about the couple’s separation publicly. She said she’ll briefly touch on the subject on her TV show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, but she will not go too in-depth or give many details.
“My children and his older children — there are a lot of little hearts involved in this,” Clarkson says. “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.”
Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her Divorce
The following day on The Kelly Clarkson Show, she spoke with author Glennon Doyle and Alicia Keys about her divorce from Blackstock following seven years of marriage and sharing two children together, River, 6, and Remington, 4. Blackstock is also the father of two children from a former relationship.
“I’m going through one right now. It’s horrible,” Clarkson says to Doyle regarding divorce. “There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids. That’s the hardest for me.”
Kelly continued by expressing how as women “we’re trained… to take it all on, and you can deal with it, and you’re fine, but it’s your babies that you worry about.”
Focusing on the Children
Clarkson and Blackstock were suffering from marital problems earlier this year, finally resulting in divorce papers being filed in June. Clarkson filed for divorce on June 4 citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple initially attempted to better their relationship by staying in Montana for a time. However, when the pandemic hit, the quarantine worsened their already troubled marriage.
While the two were in seclusion together, their relationship began to deteriorate even more, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Entertainment Tonight also claims the two are still communicating, and both are aiming to to do what’s best for the children.
However, documents reveal co-parenting hasn’t been easy during the custody battle, stating, “The level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
Clarkson has a prenup protecting her individual earnings. She is seeking to return to her maiden name of Clarkson instead of her current legal name, Kelly Blackstock