Kelly Clarkson wants “to build a new life”, asks judge to approve divorce



Singer and TV host Kelly Clarkson is asking a judge to declare her legally divorced from her ex, Brandon Blackstock.

His legal team on Thursday appealed to a Los Angeles judge to formally approve his divorce, though the two sides are still debating details, like spousal and child support.

In a statement, the pop star added that they “each deserve the opportunity to build a new life for themselves.”

“Irreconcilable differences have existed and continue to exist between (Blackstock) and me, which irreparably broke our marriage,” the document said. “No counseling or reconciliation effort will be of value at this time.”

Clarkson filed for divorce from her seven-year-old husband in June 2020. In November, a California judge granted her primary custody of their two joint children – River Rose, 7 and Remington Alexander, 5 – with Blackstock awarded the babysits a few weekends a month.

“The Court notes that as this case progressed, the level of conflict between the parents increased,” the decision said at the time. “The parties are struggling with co-parenting because of trust issues between them.”

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In the latest court file, his legal team echoed this sentiment, writing that Clarkson had made “good faith efforts to settle this matter shortly after filing his petition (for divorce).”

“However, it is evident that (Blackstock) and his lawyer do not intend to reach a comprehensive settlement of this matter anytime soon,” the documents say. “If two people are forced to remain legally related to each other when the status can only breed further bitterness and unhappiness … The dissolution of marriage should not be postponed simply because of the relative issues. to property, child support, attorney fees or child custody were not ready for the decision. “

Clarkson and Blackstock at the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013.Christopher Polk / Getty Images for NARAS

Clarkson and Blackstock have been embroiled in yet another legal battle for months over their professional relationship. The Blackstock company filed a lawsuit against it in September 2020, claiming the show’s host owed the company $ 1.4 million in unpaid commissions for her work on “The Voice” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show. in 2020. In response, Clarkson sued, accusing his ex of operating illegally as a manager for years. This case is still ongoing.

In September, the former “American Idol” student spoke today about her personal struggle with a breakup while in the public eye.

“I don’t think anyone is expecting (divorce),” she said at the time. “You see yourself getting old with someone and then life has a different path, and it’s so hard on everyone.”

In March, Clarkson announced that she had written “about 60 songs” in the midst of the breakup.

“It’s an insane amount to bring it out,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I think that’s a blessing in itself. Every time you go through a life it’s so great to have that outlet whether people hear it or not.”

“It’s therapeutic for me,” she told TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.

Clarkson has said TODAY that she plans to release her next album, which she says will be “the most personal I have ever released” this year.


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