WHO|July 6, 2020
Seven years later Clarkson’s prophecy came true when she eloped with Blackstock in Tennessee. But now, nearly seven years after that, on June 4, the star made a move that fans – and even many of the couple’s friends – never saw coming: filing for divorce. “It just came out of nowhere. Their marriage was so strong,” says a source close to the couple, who are parents to daughter, River, 6, and son, Remington, 4. “She loved being a wife and having a big family.” Still, sources point to busy careers that put strain on their marriage – and tensions that came to a breaking point over the past few months while they self-isolated on their Montana ranch. “It was a stressful time,” says a source. “[Quarantining in Montana] exacerbated any issues.”
Embraced by fans and friends for their unpretentious approach to life and marriage, Clarkson, 38, and Blackstock, 43, seemed a couple meant to be. Though he was married when they first met, Blackstock was newly divorced when he and the first American Idol winner turned pop superstar reconnected at the Super Bowl in 2012.
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July 6, 2020