Kelly Clarkson ditches last name as she officially finalizes post-divorce name change

Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson, 39, has been granted a name change to Kelly Briane by a judge


Kelly Clarkson has officially changed her name three weeks after finalizing her divorce settlement with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.

The 39-year-old singer and talk show host was granted the name change to Kelly Briane by a judge on Monday.

Accordingly Us weeklyThe court documents stated: “In the absence of objections, the name change request is granted. The decree is signed and submitted. The applicant’s name will be changed from KELLY BRIANNE CLARKSON to KELLY BRIANNE.”

In February, Kelly filed for her legal name change, and reportedly said at the time that she wanted to use her first and middle name because it “more accurately reflects who.” [she is]”.

Speaking to PEOPLE earlier this month, she further explained her reasons for the name change.

Kelly Clarkson has officially changed her name


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She said: “I just got divorced so I had to drop my married last name. I only kept my middle name for my private life. I’m still Kelly Clarkson.”

It comes after the American Idol winner was awarded primary custody of her two children with Brandon, River Rose, seven, and Remington, five, earlier this month.

Brandon, 45, will have the youngsters one weekend a month for the time being, according to the settlement.

She finalized her divorce from ex Brandon Blackstock earlier this month


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The singer also keeps the couple’s ranch in Montana, but Brandon has been given permission to stay there until June 1 as long as he pays $12.5,000 a month in rent TMZ.

It is reported that the settlement will have to be reevaluated if Brandon leaves Montana.

He originally challenged Kelly’s marriage contract, but the judge upheld its validity, meaning the singer’s reported $20 million in annual wages are entirely hers.

Brandon’s settlement stipulates that he will receive $115,000 in spousal support every month through January 2024.

He is also said to receive $45.6k in child support each month to ensure the children live comfortably while they are with him.

In addition to those monthly payments, Brandon is said to receive a lump sum of $1.3 million as part of the settlement.

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