The “Breakaway” singer and her husband filed for divorce in 2020
Since her divorce from Brandon Blackstock, Kelly Clarkson has not been one to hold back from opening up candidly about the highs and lows of not only their divorce, but of their relationship as well.
Kelly Clarkson expressed her true feelings about her divorce from Brandon Blackstock by delivering a powerful cover of Gayle’s “abcdefu” during her Las Vegas residency, Chemistry, at the Bakkt Theater on July 28.
In the 95-minute show, she performed her hit songs like “Since U Been Gone” and “What Doesn’t Kill You,” alongside covers of other artists’ tunes.
The moment that caught everyone’s attention was her rendition of “abcdefu,” where she altered the lyrics to express her frustration and throw shade at her ex.
Singing with passion, Kelly changed the chorus to say, “F–k you, and your dad, and the fact that you got half/ and my broken heart, turn that s–t into art/ F–k you, and your view from the valley I bought too/ Everybody but your dogs, you can all f–k off,” while defiantly raising a middle finger.
Fans praised her empowering performance on TikTok, calling it therapeutic and applauding her for reclaiming her power.
It’s clear that Kelly’s cover was aimed at her ex-husband, Brandon, whose father, Narvel Blackstock, once managed her career.
Kelly and Brandon married in 2013 after dating since late 2011, but the couple filed for divorce in 2020 due to “irreconcilable differences.”
The divorce was finalized in March 2022 after a contentious legal battle, which resulted in Kelly providing Brandon with a $1.3 million lump payment and gaining primary custody of their children, River Rose and Remington Alexander.
Brandon was allowed to have the kids one weekend per month, and Kelly was ordered to pay $45,601 per month in child support and $115,000 in spousal support until January 31, 2024.
Additionally, Brandon was permitted to stay at their Montana ranch until June 2022, with the condition of covering utilities and paying $12,000 per month.
In June 2023, Kelly released her post-divorce album, Chemistry, featuring songs that touch on red flags in relationships, finding light after a breakup, and her struggles with love.
She opened up about feeling restricted in her marriage during an interview on Glennon Doyle’s “We Can Do Hard Things” podcast, acknowledging that both she and Brandon had their part in the situation.
She realized that she had allowed her light to dim in the relationship, and she believes it’s essential to surround herself with people who accept her for who she is and not compromise her true self.