From ‘American Idol’ to ‘The Voice’: See How Much Kelly Clarkson Has Changed Over The Years!

Can you believe it’s been over 17 years since Kelly Clarkson beat out Justin Guarini as the first-ever winner of American Idol? Time sure does fly! Of course, the singer has come a long way since then. Not only has she gone on to make tremendous strides in her career — she’s won three Grammys and been nominated for 15 — but she’s also a wonderful mother and amazing TV show host. Oh, and of course everyone’s favorite coach on NBC’s The Voice

Though the “Stronger” artist takes pride in all her accomplishments, her most important one is being a mom to her two children — River Rose and Remington — whom she shares with soon-to-be ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. In addition to the pair of kids, Brandon has two other kids — Savannah and Seth — from his previous marriage to ex-wife Melissa Ashworth.

According to documents obtained by Life & Style on June 11, 2020, Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon on June 4, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split.

It seems like Kelly and Brandon’s breakup was a long time coming. The pair, who had been quarantining together amid the coronavirus pandemic, began spiraling once they self-isolated. “They haven’t been getting along for a while and clashed on so many levels,” a source exclusively told Life & Style. “They’ve grown apart over the years and being in lockdown together heightened their problems.”

While going through a public split isn’t easy, Kelly is known to always rise and keep her head up — her music is a testament to that. For instance, Kelly’s 2002 hit “Since U Been Gone” focuses on self-empowerment after a tough breakup. The pop star has a special connection to the powerful anthem for personal reasons.

“If I had to repeat it again, I would rather go through all that crap to get the end product of really connecting with a bunch of fans, and people that might not have been Kelly Clarkson fans before,” she said during an interview with Apple Music in April 2020. Hopefully, that means she will turn to music once again!

Keep scrolling through the gallery below to see Kelly Clarkson’s transformation over the years.