Kelly Clarkson’s Divorce: What Went Wrong? (Rumor Mill, Chain of Fools)

News that Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 7 years, Brandon Blackstock, shocked the entertainment world. The two seemed happy on the surface. Brandon served as Kelly’s manager, and the two seemed to be working hand in hand managing Kelly’s business, and raising kids.

But appearances can be deceiving, and the American Idol OG winner, The Voice coach and talk show host cited irreconcilable differences, the desire to enforce the couples prenuptial agreement and joint custody of their two children River Rose and Remington in the papers she filed on June 4.

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So why did the couple break apart? Of course, the usual suspects are floating “sources” that describe quarantining from the Covid-19 pandemic in a small Montana cabin as a breaking point.

Quarantining in Montana exacerbated issues

“It just came out of nowhere. Their marriage was so strong,” a source close to the couple told People magazine. says a source close to Blackstock and Clarkson. 

“It was a stressful time,” says another source. “[Quarantining in Montana] exacerbated any issues.”

And according to another People insider, the couple have  “been like friends for a while,” and work demands put a strain on their relationship.

“Things had changed in their marriage and the split was a while coming,” said the insider. “They both work so hard. It’s nearly impossible to enjoy each other, especially with the children needing constant attention.”

When Kelly went to Hollywood that changed things

Kelly is on the cover of this week’s US magazine, with the screaming headline “Kelly’s $45 Million Divorce!”.

“They clashed on so many levels, and being in quarantine together heightened their problems to the point of no return,” a source told US. “So she filed for divorce.”

“Everyone thought Kelly and Brandon had the perfect marriage, but they definitely didn’t,” a source told US. “Brandon’s very laid-back, whereas Kelly’s pretty high-strung.” Also, Kelly’s decision to start a talk show on top of coaching The Voice also played a role in her issues with her husband, says an US source.

“When she went to Hollywood, it changed things,” the source adds, noting that Blackstock “prefers their quiet life in Nashville.”

Kelly was on an emotional rollercoaster during quarantine

Kelly has been honest about the stresses of quarantine life. “”Honestly, I have been on an emotional roller coaster. This has been really hard as a working parent, because I’m still doing all the same jobs,” Clarkson told Glamour‘s Josh Smith of life in quarantine. “It’s been exhausting honestly, cooking every meal and cleaning nonstop after toddlers and teenagers! Everybody’s learning from home now and the teaching! So, everything has been crazy.”

Was Kelly just another link in Brandon’s chain?

And interestingly, on Tuesday’s The Kelly Clarkson Show, the singer chose “Chain of Fools” as her Kellyoke cover. “For five long years/I thought you were my man” go the lyrics “But I found out/I was just another link in your chain”

Kelly had to know that song choice would raise eyebrows right? Hm.

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  1. I assume when Kelly moved back to LA, she only had her two kids with her. I saw a picture of her by herself walking her dog. Who took care of her young kids when she was out walking her dog?

  2. Probably the nanny or her assistant. She’s got someone else at the house with her, not sure exactly who.

  3. Kelly has always been very up front about her life, loves, family which seems to be her way. What you see is what you get. However her song choice doesn’t necessarily mean he was cheating on her. I don’t see how that would be likely since the quarantine began. She seems very self reliant so I’m sure she will be okay.

  4. You never really know how anyone is feeling about a situation unless they tell. Of course the press will try to tell what she is feeling even if she doesn’t, lol. But I think she will be fine also. After 7 years of marriage, she must have been pretty sure and ready to pull the plug. And likely willing to deal with the good and bad days to get to where she wants to be in her life.

  5. There was also rumors for YEARS that he would cheat on her, when she would tour especially. If she was on the road and he wasn’t with her, there was rumors of him cheating online.

  6. There was rumors for years though that he would cheat on her. Messaging girls, etc.

  7. My best guess is that she found proof of his cheating during quarantine, but she was stuck in Montana. She filed for divorce as soon as she got back to CA.

  8. Especially when she said divorce was the only option. There must have been some hard facts that counseling wouldn’t change.

  9. For the record, she hasn’t actually said anything officially. Things are being attributed to her in articles that are being said by “sources”. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t said them, just that those words haven’t come out of her mouth publicly after June 4th.

  10. Many couples stay in a marriage years after it’s over because they have t the means to move on. Wealthy celebrities have the option to leave when things no longer work as soon as possible. However this breakup seems abrupt.

  11. After less than a year of dating and less than seven years of marriage, it sure doesn’t seem like they gave it a chance.

  12. Maybe what this came down to, is that she realized she just don’t like the man she’s married to. I figure there is going to be quite a few divorces by the time this pandemic is over.

  13. Kelly likes to talk (to put it mildly) and I predict she will tell all sooner or later.

  14. I doubt she’ll get into any specifics for a long while. She’s open about everything to a certain degree but holds back on a lot.

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