Kelly became legally single in September 2021, even as she continued to work out the divorce details with her ex-husband. Things had come to such a pass that Kelly had zero intention of settling. Sources said Brandon would not get a single penny unless the judge ordered it.
Kelly even tried to have him evicted from their Montana ranch, but in the end, agreed to give him a 5.12 percent stake in the property. In the middle of the drama, the singer kept working hard to create more music and released her ninth album, “When Christmas Comes Around,” in October 2021.
She's Not Sure About Marrying Again
After ending her marriage ended the way that it did, Kelly was not sure if marriage is on the cards again, and she said as much. In March 2021, the singer came on Gwyneth Paltrow's talk show, where she opened up about her apprehensions. She praised her host for having the will and courage to start over.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin had divorced by then. It had been two years since the actor had moved on, found love again, and even remarried. Kelly was still in the middle of divorce proceedings and shared that she could not imagine doing it again.
The Queen Of Daytime T.V.
Clarkson was not about to have a trophy case that only displays music awards. Her daytime talk show made sure of that, and she is now the proud winner of multiple Emmys! The multi-talented star won two Daytime Emmys in June 2021 for outstanding entertainment talk show and outstanding entertainment talk show host.
The wins were twice as sweet this time around. Just a month before, NBC had announced that thanks to stellar ratings and Kelly’s popularity, she would be taking over the slot for "The Ellen Degeneres Show" after it ended in 2022. It was a significant coup for "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
She Changes Her Name
Kelly was ready for a new chapter in her life after her divorce from Brandon, and in anticipation, the singer marked the milestone in a big way. The "American Idol" winner changed her legal name to Kelly Brianne in mid-February 2022.
Well, "changed" may not be the right word here, as Brianne was her middle name already. What she did was simply raise it to the same level as her first name. Clarkson stated in court documents that her first and middle names better reflect who she is. By March 2022, things were official, and all speculation was laid to rest.
In March 2022, the long and messy ordeal of the divorce finally ended when Kelly and Brandon settled. Kelly received primary custody of the kids. Brandon attempted to contest the duo’s prenup agreement by questioning its validity. Fortunately for Kelly, the judge upheld the provisions of the original prenup agreement.
After all, is that not what prenups are for? The music executive eventually received $45,600 in child support and another $115,000 per month in spousal support. Here's to hoping that the two children as well as the co-parents learn how to make the most out of this new family dynamics.