Kelly Clarkson Says She Was ‘Crying My Face Off’ Writing Christmas Song Amid Brandon Blackstock Divorce

A roller-coaster. A lot has happened between Kelly Clarkson and ex-husband Brandon Blackstock since the “Miss Independent” singer filed for divorce in June 2020 after seven years of marriage.

According to documents obtained by Life & Style in November 2020, the Voice coach, who married the music manager in 2013, received primary physical custody of their two children, River Rose and Remington Alexander

“The Court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody,” the document read, referring to Kelly. However, Brandon will FaceTime the kids every day “at a mutually agreed upon time,” according to the paperwork.

The two were originally seeking joint legal and physical custody of their little ones, according to documents obtained by Life & Style in July 2020.

The documents noted the “level of conflict” between the former couple had “increased,” adding, “The parties have a difficult time coparenting due to issues of trust between them.” Brandon also shares teenage kids Savannah and Seth with ex-wife Melissa Ashworth

Kelly addressed her divorce during the premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show in September 2020 and assured fans her children would come first.

“2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life. Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came,” the Texas native explained at the time. “What I’m dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart. It involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids. And divorce is never easy. And we’re both from divorced families so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts.”

It’s been a year of change, and an insider told Life & Style the “Because Of You” singer is “keeping herself busy” amid the turmoil in her personal life. Kelly has now channeled her emotions into new songs, some of which she performed at the Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around special, which aired on Wednesday, December 1. 

“The holidays come with a whole range of emotions,” Kelly said during the event. “I’m gonna be real with y’all, when I wrote this next song, I was crying my face off, which happens even at Christmastime everyone.”

Kelly and Brandon’s divorce is still ongoing. Keep scrolling to see a timeline of their split.

This story was published on December 1, 2020, and was last updated on December 2, 2021.