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Kelly Clarkson And Brandon Blackstock Are Divorcing. Here Are All The Possible Hints She Dropped About Marital Problems.

"The good thing is that we haven't had this much family time in forever. The bad is that we haven't had this much family time in forever."

Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock confirmed yesterday that they're divorcing after almost 7 years of marriage.

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Kelly and Brandon first met in 2005 when he was still married to his first wife. However, they were re-introduced in 2012 when he was single, and the pair married less than a year later.

They went on to have two children — River, 6, and 4-year-old Remington — and Kelly is also step-mother to Brandon's two kids from his previous marriage.

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Court documents confirm that the singer filed for divorce on June 4 citing irreconcilable differences, and she's asked for joint legal and physical custody of their children.

The news came as quite a shock to some fans, especially after Kelly revealed in March that the family were bunkered down in Montana together during quarantine, referring to her husband as her "partner in crime" during the pandemic.

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However, sources close to the couple told Entertainment Tonight that Kelly and Brandon had been "having problems for several months" and ultimately decided to end the relationship after failing to resolve their issues during quarantine.

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"Kelly and Brandon had been having problems for several months and were making a conscious effort to work things out," the source said. "They both hoped quarantining away from L.A. in Montana would help them work things out in their marriage, but instead the change in environment was actually detrimental."

And it seems as though Kelly might have actually hinted at marital problems several times in recent months, so here are all the possible clues we may have missed.

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It was revealed back in December that Kelly was selling the first of her and Brandon's two family homes. Then, 5 months later, she listed the second.

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Kelly listed her home in Tennessee for $7.5 million back in December 2019. In May she also listed her LA mansion for almost $10 million.

At the time, both listings seemed innocent enough — but now fans are wondering whether the house sales were the first signs of an impending split.

In April, Kelly announced that she'd decided to spend her 38th birthday alone — by choice.

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"I literally looked at my husband — cause it was a rough week of work and non-stop everything — and I said, 'I don't want to cook one damn meal. I don't want to clean one article of clothing. I don't want to do anything,'" Kelly explained during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

"If my children were to come in and hug me, that's fine — and then leave," she went on. "So, on my birthday, I literally asked to be left alone. I was alone and I enjoyed it, and I did nothing but eat stuff that probably I gained 10 pounds [from] and I watched whatever I was watching."

Later that month, Kelly admitted that she was finding being holed up in isolation a "depressing" and "dark" time, before admitting part of the challenge was spending so much time together as a couple.

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Speaking on The Today Show, she said: "It can be depressing, this kind of isolation. It can be a little dark for everyone and there's a lot of uncertainty."

"The good thing is that we haven't had this much family time in forever," she went on to say during an appearance on The Elvis Duran Show. "The bad is that we haven't had this much family time in forever."

The comments came less than a year after Kelly revealed that one of the reasons her marriage worked so well was because she and Brandon gave each other plenty of alone time.

She told People: "He has his own office, I have my own office. He's always on the phone, he's always working. When we vacation, he goes off and does stuff with the kids, and then I'll do something else with the other two. We do a really good job of being like, 'I need some me time.'"

Then in May, Kelly revealed that she and Brandon were clashing over whether or not to have more children. She wanted to add to their brood, while he was happy with their family as it was.

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During a Zoom interview with Gordon Ramsay on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the singer revealed she was desperate for another child but Brandon was resisting because of his two children from his previous marriage.

When Gordon held up his youngest child to the camera, Kelly exclaimed: "No! Don't do this to me! I so want another child! But my husband is like, 'No! We have four!'"

And, finally, Kelly hasn't shared any photos of Brandon on Instagram for three months.

Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ellie Woodward at ellie.woodward@buzzfeed.com.

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