Kelly was universally-loved on “The Voice,” and fans were stunned when she announced that she wouldn’t be around the next season. It turned out that she took a step back from judging the show to make time for her kids and personal life. We can only imagine what kind of a busy routine someone of her status would be under.
The singer revealed that the coming year would look different. She had consciously taken steps to balance work and home life better and just wanted to get away and have a fun time with her kids. More power to her!
A Messy Divorce
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 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.
She Pairs Up With Snoop Dogg
In 2022, Kelly Clarkson collaborated with rapper and Martha Stewart's best friend Snoop Dogg to host NBC's reality competition series, "American Song Contest." Inspired by the "Eurovision Song Contest," the show offers a platform for performers from the United States to compete for the title of the best original song.
It hoped to recreate the magic of Eurovision that gave us music legends such as Celine Dion and ABBA. Kelly and Snoop Dogg was an unlikely pairing, but somehow it worked! So far there has only been one season of the show but we can always hope for more to come.