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'I needed a fresh start': Kelly Clarkson leaves LA for New York after split from Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson said she initially had Montana in mind but since it was impossible to tape her show there, New York was the obvious choice
PUBLISHED OCT 18, 2023
Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson were married from 2013 to 2020 (Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson were married from 2013 to 2020 (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Singer Kelly Clarkson of 'Breakaway' is moving to New York City from the glittery world of Los Angeles.

Clarkson said, "I’ll be real honest: I thought I was making a horrible decision, I knew I needed a fresh start and couldn’t be in LA."

Kelly Clarkson leaves LA for New York

Kelly Clarkson attends Audacy's 10th Annual We Can Survive at Prudential Center on October 14, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Audacy)
Kelly Clarkson attends Audacy's 10th Annual We Can Survive at Prudential Center on October 14, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Audacy)

The host of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' revealed which state she was initially thinking of relocating to before choosing New York. She added, "I really wanted to be in Montana, but you can’t really do a show from there quite yet. So I was like, ‘The only other option would probably be New York," as reported by Fox News.

The Grammy-winning singer's daytime program was moved to the East Coast for its fifth season because her studio is at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Clarkson said, "At this point, I’m 40 years old. Mama rented something nice!". She added, "I was like, ‘I’m not living here unless it’s right by the park and really nice for the kids."

Kelly Clarkson's move follows split from Brandon Blackstock

Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson arrives at the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson arrive at the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The mother of two moved following her split from Brandon Blackstock. After seven years of marriage, Blackstock filed for divorce from Clarkson in 2020. River Rose and Remy are their two shared children.

The 'Because of You' singer said that part of her decision to leave Los Angeles was due to the split. She also said that now that her divorce is over, she is happier than she has been in a long time.

Clarkson shared with USA Today, "… full disclosure, I put on a smile a lot of those times because I was struggling a lot in my personal life."

She added, "I've learned a lot about what I'm capable of handling, and also what you should not handle. That was me saying 'bye' to 'The Voice' and having this big move. I love that family, but I was like, 'I'm struggling. I can't smile anymore. I don't feel like smiling."

Clarkson was a part of the music competition program for nine seasons. Before taking a short hiatus and coming back for Season 23, she made appearances in Seasons 14 through 21.

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