Don’t worry: Kelly Clarkson is still Kelly Clarkson.
Last month, the singer raised eyebrows when she filed with the court to have her name changed to Kelly Brianne, her first and middle names.
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Speaking with People, Clarkson clarified the name change, explaining that it’s simply a technicality.
“I just got divorced, so I had to drop my married last name,” she said. “I just kept my middle name for my personal life. I’m still Kelly Clarkson.”
Clarkson was married to Brandon Blackstock until 2021, and while she changed her legal last name to Blackstock when they wed, she still went by Clarkson professionally.
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“I don’t think I can change Clarkson at this point,” she assured fans. “I’m 20 years in!”
The singer was born Kelly Brianne Clarkson, and famously came to prominence by winning the first season of “American Idol” in 2002.