Kelly Clarkson’s name may have changed, but she doesn’t want to go by her maiden name. At last night’s (March 21) premiere for the new NBC talent show American Song Contest where the Grammy-winning singer co-hosts with Snoop Dogg, she clarified how she wants to be identified going forward.
“I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name,” Clarkson, 39, told People. “I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I’m still Kelly Clarkson.”
The Kelly Clarkson Show host then joked, “I don’t think I can change Clarkson at this point. I’m 20 years in!”
The comment comes following reports that Clarkson filed documents in February requesting a legal name change. She reportedly petitioned to be known by only her first and middle names — Kelly Brianne — going forward.
The “Stronger” singer was previously married to Brandon Blackstock, though she never used her married name professionally. The former couple’s divorce was finalized earlier this month, with Clarkson set to give her ex a one-time payment of just over $1.3 million. Clarkson will also pay Blackstock $45,601 in monthly child support for their two children, daughter River Rose, 7, and son Remington Alexander, 5, which started February 1.
American Song Contest features 56 artists (some already established, some up-and-coming) that will take the stage to perform original songs, each representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. American Song Contest comes from the producers of The Voice and Eurovision Song Contest.