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A Look Back at Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock’s Life in Photos, From First Meeting to Divorce

When Kelly Clarkson fell in love with Brandon Blackstock, it was easy to be happy for her because she was a bundle of sunshine and rainbows in every interview she gave. You just wanted to bottle her sappy lovestruck moment and hope that she stayed in a bubble of joy forever.

“We are totally going to get married,” she gushed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012. “We love each other. We are totally going to get married one day. No, he has two children and I’m new… You know you want to like… I mean he’s got to put it a ring at some point.” Blackstock certainly did put a ring on it just weeks later and the two forged ahead with their relationship at lightning speed — marriage, baby, another baby, huge careers.

It’s hard to say where the marriage took a wrong turn exactly, but the talk show host gave us a little insight into why the marriage went south. “My mom has been telling me since I was a kid: You are who you surround yourself with,” she said on The Kelly Clarkson Show in late 2020. “You want to make sure you’re surrounded by people that also want to be the best versions of themselves and also want a good common goal for everyone, not just themselves, right?”

Of course, that was all before things got really difficult with the legal aspects of their divorce with Blackstock challenging their ironclad prenuptial agreement. But if there’s one thing we know, the pop star is “stronger” for falling in love and creating a beautiful family — and there’s very little that’s going to stop her even when she’s down. Learn more about her relationship timeline with her ex — and the exciting things ahead for her in the future (like that stunning new estate).

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