Kelly Clarkson wants to legally change her name and has filed paperwork with a Los Angeles County court to have her last name removed.
The singer and TV personality filed papers Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court asking to be known by her first and middle name, Kelly Brianne.
When asked why she wanted to change her name, she wrote that it “better reflects who I am”.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for March 28, according to online court records.
The petition comes amid a bitter divorce battle between Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock. The “Stronger” singer filed for divorce in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage. They share two children together, daughter River Rose, 7, and son, Remington, 5.
In the divorce filing, Clarkson cited “irreconcilable differences” and requested joint custody of their children. In November 2020, a California judge awarded him primary custody, with Blackstock granted custody a few weekends a month.
“The Court finds that as this case progresses, the level of conflict between the parents has increased,” the ruling said at the time. “The parties are struggling to co-parent because of trust issues between them.”
In September 2020, Clarkson opened up about her divorce during a Sunday TODAY appearance with Willie Geist.
“I mean, it’s no secret,” she told Geist. “My life has been a bit of a dumpster…personally, it’s been a bit difficult the last two months.
“I spoke to friends who have been through a divorce. I don’t know how people go through this without having some sort of outlet because it’s the worst thing ever for everyone involved.
Besides the divorce drama, the singer has been embroiled in another legal battle with Blackstock over their professional relationship. Her company sued Clarkson, alleging she owed the company $1.4 million in unpaid commissions for her work on “The Voice” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in 2020.
Clarkson, however, counterattacked and accused Blackstock of operating illegally as a manager for years.