Kelly Clarkson Felt "Divorce Was Her Only Option" After Quarantining with Her Husband in Montana

Mehera Bonner
Photo credit: Rachel Murray - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rachel Murray - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Kelly Clarkson and her manager-slash-husband Brandon Blackstock are splitting up after seven years of marriage, and apparently Kelly—who filed papers last week—felt like divorce was her only option.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight that "Kelly and Brandon had been having problems for several months and were making a conscious effort to work things out. They both hoped quarantining away from L.A. in Montana would help them work things out in their marriage, but instead the change in environment was actually detrimental."

Apparently, "The constant time together seemed to make an already challenging situation worse," and Kelly's career "definitely helped to keep her mind off things, but this recent downtime gave her the time she needed to think about her life and her marriage."

The source also confirms that Kelly started the divorce process (which "they'd both been dreading") a few weeks ago because she "knew she just needed to follow her heart and finally realized divorce was her only option."

The couple share two children together and "haven't cut each other off." In fact, the source says "They are both heartbroken, but their plan is to put the kids first. Their focus is on co-parenting and moving forward, as this is the last place they ever thought they would be. They both understand divorce is never easy for children, but Kelly and Brandon are great parents. It'll just take time."

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