Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s marriage problems were “exacerbated” in quarantine, sources say.
The 38-year-old singer filed for divorce from music manager Brandon, 43, earlier this month after seven years of marriage and the Covid-19 lockdown reportedly deepened the cracks in the relationship. A source close to the couple told People: “It was a stressful time. Quarantining exacerbated any issues.”
Another insider revealed that work had put a lot of strain on their relationship and the pair – who have children River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4, together – had “been like friends for a while.” The source explained: “Things had changed in their marriage and the split was a while coming. They both work so hard. It’s nearly impossible to enjoy each other, especially with the children needing constant attention.
Kelly and Brandon had been quarantining together in Montana with their kids and his children, Savannah, 17, and 13-year-old Seth from a previous relationship, and Kelly previously admitted it was an “emotional rollercoaster.”
Meanwhile, Clarkson has finally learned how her name made it into that iconic 40-Year-Old Virgin scene. In the memorable scene, Steve Carell’s character is getting his chest waxed, and as the peel comes away he shouts in agony, “Aah … Kelly Clarkson!”
Clarkson chatted with director Judd Apatow during a remote episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show and got to the bottom of her name being used. “I”m gonna blame that Seth Rogen,” explained Apatow. “There's a picture I think you have with a piece of paper with all the curses that we gave Steve to scream when he gets waxed and in the middle the column says ‘clean words’ — right in the middle, it says ‘Kelly Clarkson’.” The show then revealed that list, with the real swears blurred out.