Why is Kelly Clarkson changing her name?

In June of 2020, Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.

After her divorce March of 2022, Kelly Clarkson made the executive decision to legally change her last name.

"I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name," Kelly said to People.

"I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I'm still Kelly Clarkson."

Her professional name of Kelly Clarkson will remain the same, but in her day-to-day life, she will now go by Kelly Brianne.

Kelly reportedly filed legal paperwork to go by her first and middle name in February of 2022.

The hearing regarding her name change is set for Monday, March 28.

Blackstock and Kelly share two children: River, 7, and Remington, 5