Is Kelly Clarkson Married? Her Husband Is Related to One of Country’s Biggest Stars

Kelly Clarkson is the ultimate American Idol success story. The singer won the very first season of the show, way back in 2002, beating out Justin Guarini (remember him?) to win a $1 million recording contract.

To some people’s surprise, her career was more than a flash in the pan. She’s gone on to release multiple chart-topping albums and to appear as a coach on another singing competition show, The Voice. And this Wednesday, she’s hosting the Billboard Music Awards for the second year in a row.

She’s married to Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson Brandon Blackstock
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Clarkson’s career is on fire (she’s also making her animated film debut in the upcoming UglyDolls movie), but her personal life keeps her grounded. The 37-year-old has been married to Brandon Blackstock since 2013.

Clarkson met her husband through her manager Narvel Blackstock. The Blackstock family has a major connection to country music royalty. Narvel was married to Reba McEntire for more than 25 years, until the couple divorced in 2015. Brandon is Narvel’s son from his previous marriage, but Reba had previously said she considered her stepkids the same as her own. (Reba and Narvel also had one child together, a son named Shelby.)

Clarkson and McEntire are close

Not every woman gets along with her mother-in-law, but Clarkson and McEntire have a close relationship.

“We’re family,” McEntire told US Weekly earlier this year. “She married my oldest son, Brandon, but we’re also good friends, so that goes a long way — when you can have a good friend as a part of your family.”

The pair have even recorded together in the past and were nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for Clarkson’s song “Because of You.” McEntire says she hopes she gets to work with her daughter-in-law again in the future, though their busy schedules mean that finding time to collaborate is a challenge. “We don’t get to spend as much time nowadays as we used to,” she said.

Clarkson has said that “meeting Reba, being friends with her, and eventually becoming family has been one of the highlights of my life.”

How many kids does Kelly Clarkson have?

Clarkson announced her first pregnancy just one month after marrying Blackstock. She gave birth to a daughter named River Rose in June 2014. In April 2016, she and Blackstock had a second child, a son named Remington Alexander. Clarkson also has two stepkids, Seth and Savannah, from her husband’s first marriage.

Not only is Clarkson’s career keeping her busy, but she’s also adjusting to a cross-country move. The family recently relocated from Tennessee to Los Angeles. Like many people, she decided to move to be closer to work, she told USA Today. She says that unpacking hasn’t been that much fun, but that creating a look for her new place has been fun.

“I love decorating, honestly. So I don’t mind moving. I love a fresh start,” she said.

The Billboard Music Awards air Wednesday, May 1 at 8/7c on NBC.

Read more: ‘The Voice’: Why Kelly Clarkson Is the Best Thing to Happen to the Show

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