Kelly Clarkson has filed to legally change her well-known name to Kelly Brianne.The 39-year-old said Monday that she had a ‘desire’ to make the name change which is her first and middle names as her ‘new name more fully reflects who’ she is, according to multiple reports.
It comes after the singer filed for divorce from her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock in June 2020, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’ However, she never legally took on her ex-spouse’s surname. ‘Clarkson’ is her own family name.
Meanwhile, another hearing on the matter of her name change is slated for March 28, per court docs reviewed by US Weekly.It is not yet clear how the legal name change will affect the star’s branded projects, including her hit eponymous talk series, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and numerous albums recorded under the name Kelly Clarkson.
Born Kelly Brianne Clarkson, the singer is said to have had a tumultuous relationship with her late father, Stephen Michael Clarkson. Her father Stephen and mother Jeanne Ann divorced when Clarkson was six years old. The singer has said publicly that she never kept in touch with her dad.
Brandon Blackstock was snapped in January of 2020 at an event in LA .The Stronger performer, who shares joint physical and legal custody of her two kids with Blackstock, told Extra last fall that she and Blackstock had ‘a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists’ for their children because they want to do it right,’ adding, ‘Everyone’s sad and it’s OK to be sad.’
It comes after the Fort Worth, Texas-born star has spent more than a year and half working through a divorce from ex Brandon, 45, with whom she shares daughter River Rose, seven, and son Remington Alexander, five. Prior to the breakup, she was also stepmother of his two kids with ex-wife Melissa Ashworth, Savannah, 19, and Seth, 14.‘I know with me and Brandon, it’s just a difficult thing because we’re in different places,’ she said. ‘And it’s like, we both agree on the main things, but it’s a hard thing when you’re not together all the time, for me personally.