November 20, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson Expecting First Child Filed under:News
It’s a good thing Kelly Clarkson recently said, “I really dig the mom thing,” because the singer is about to become one, herself!
Clarkson — who helps look after her husband Brandon Blackstock‘s two children — is expecting their first child together, she announced Tuesday.
“I’m pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever,” the singer, 31, Tweets.
The big news comes a month after she and Blackstock tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Tennessee.
Just last week, Clarkson hinted at the news to Jay Leno, but said, ”We are not announcing anything right now! We’re not, no.” However, ”Practice makes perfect! We’re trying, trying, trying … like rabbits!”
At the time the American Idol winner Tweeted her engagement news , she called Blackstock “the greatest man ever.”
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November 16, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson Mourns Death of Her ‘Best Friend,’ Dog Joplin Filed under:News
ess than a month after what was certainly one of the best days of Kelly Clarkson’s life, the newlywed experienced what was sure to be one of her worst.
“My best friend died yesterday,” the singer, 31, announced on Twitter Friday of her adopted dog’s passing, saying, “Joplin was special. He fought his whole life to survive & now he can rest. I loved him.”
Clarkson thought she lost her BFF almost two years ago, when Joplin ran away on New Year’s Eve.
“I lost it … and started bawling when [my sister] told me [the dog was missing],” she shared. “Seriously, I was so dramatic … but I don’t have children and [my dogs] are my babies that I sleep with every night.”
After fearing the worst, Clarkson found her little guy and called it a miracle, adding, “Yes, I might be too attached to my dogs and highly sensitive, but I don’t care. I love them!”
Sending positivity and light to you, Kelly! RIP Joplin <3
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September 16, 2013 - People.com – Kelly Clarkson Trades Bridal Duties for a Trip to Peru Filed under:News, Videos
Kelly Clarkson’s voice has taken her all around the world – but her dance moves are another story.
Clarkson, 31, recently visited coffee farms and performed a special set for farmers and their families in Peru.
“It was so funny cause I didn’t know if they were gonna like my songs. They would sing along, I think we did like a mini-set for them, so we did a few songs down there. They were dancing, it was just so cool! I felt like I was just in a movie,” Clarkson tells PEOPLE of the performance. “I was dancing with them!”
Her trip, part of Green Mountain Coffee’s Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade campaign, was an eye-opening experience for Clarkson.
“I didn’t know that a lot of them didn’t have electricity,” she says. “That’s the one cool thing that was for me to learn with this opportunity, [through Fair Trade] they have more opportunity with their whole community. They have more education and more access to electricity. It’s a better way to further the community. I felt like I was actually making a difference, which is something I think we all want to be a part of.”
While the acoustic performance brought Clarkson’s audience to their feet, the singer says she couldn’t quite keep up with their moves.
“I couldn’t do their steps,” Clarkson confesses. “I was totally not Beyoncé. They all had these cute dances they were doing together… I just started doing the sprinkler and the running man.”
But when it comes to dancing on her big day – her upcoming nuptials to fiancé Brandon Blackstock – the singer has the perfect song all picked out.
“We’re bringing our own vinyl player and we’re doing it that way. Eva Cassidy is like my favorite, and her song ‘Songbird’ so we’re probably gonna slow dance alone to it,” she says.
Though she says the couple is “already basically married,” she’s ready to start the next stage of her life with Blackstock by her side.
“We live together. We have a house together. We have the two kids who live with us. We’re already kind of a family. But I think that it just kind of puts it in place. When you get married, it’s like official. You’re starting a family and we want to have more children, so we’re just excited. I guess that’s the best part, it’s a new kind of chapter in my life.”
In celebration of Fair Trade Month (October), Clarkson will perform a private concert at the High Line Ballroom in New York on Oct. 10. Viewers can tune in to watch a livestream on Green Mountain Coffee’s Facebook page at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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August 22, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson Plans to Elope with Brandon Blackstock Filed under:News
There will be no grandiose wedding affair for Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock.
Despite original plans for an “earthy” outdoor fall wedding at home, the “Catch My Breath” singer, 31, revealed to PEOPLE on Wednesday, “We are so busy that we finally just came to terms the other night and were like, ‘So, we change our minds and we want to elope.’ We just got so overwhelmed by it – all the decisions.”
Explains Clarkson: “We sent out a save-the-date to everyone and then it got crazy and all the details were leaking.”
“Then honestly the planning – I have a Christmas record coming out. I’m doing a bunch of stuff with State Farm right now (the singer is teaming up with the insurance company to educate kids about safe driving). We have two kids who just started school. We’re going to all these football games and soccer games and volleyball games and [Brandon]‘s got one of the biggest artists [Blake Shelton] in country music. He’s flying everywhere.”
When the musically inclined pair finally made their decision about how to say “I do,” they “sent out an engagement photo to everyone and said, ‘Thank you so much for understanding, but it’s just going to be me and Brandon and his two kids and the minister,’ ” Clarkson says.
And even after they elope, an extravagant fête is the furthest thing from their minds.
“Our whole life is a celebration,” the former American Idol winner says. “That’s what we kept laughing about. We don’t need another day where we throw a big party. Our lives are so in the spotlight all the time. Everything is such a spectacle, we were like, ‘We would rather have an intimate moment that’s special.’
But that doesn’t mean their lives will be soirée-free.
“We’re going to do that anyway,” she says. “Our friend is throwing us [a party] because we’re about to wrap up construction at our house. He’s throwing us a huge stock the bar party, so all of the people who were going to be at our wedding will be there.”
How Their Love Story Inspired Her New Video
Big wedding or small, the idea of walking down the aisle seems to be on Clarkson’s mind.
In the new music video for her song, “Tie It Up,” several happy couples wed while Clarkson rocks out onstage and belts out lyrics like, “Let’s set the date/let’s hire the band/let’s cut the cake/tie up the cans … ”
The singer proudly shows off her own engagement ring in the video and can be seen wearing a white dress – though it’s not clear if it’s a wedding dress. But one thing is obvious: Clarkson appears to be very excited about tying the knot herself – so excited that the video ends with her catching the bouquet!
Of the video, she explains, “One of my really good friends was with me when I first met Brandon years ago, so she and another one of my friends wrote this cool song that deals with our whole story, so we went to this really beautiful barn in Franklin, Tenn., and all of the people in the video are friends or friends of friends. We were like, ‘We’re going to have this fake wedding reception.’
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August 20, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson on Step-Parenthood: I ‘Really Dig the Mom Thing’ Filed under:News
Kelly Clarkson isn’t set to wed music manager Brandon Blackstock for another two months, but she is already relishing one aspect of her soon-to-be-married life: step-parenthood.
“I have a 12-year-old and a 6-year-old now … after being single for six years,” the singer, 31, told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Tuesday.
“We all live together and everything,” she explains. “It’s so different, but it’s perfect. They’re awesome, and I actually really dig the mom thing.”
But don’t expect Clarkson to be an overindulgent stepmom. Just like her lyrics repeatedly demonstrate, she is no pushover. (Perhaps that’s one reason she has teamed up with State Farm to educate teens about safe driving.)
“I’m quick to go, ‘I told you not to touch that!’ ” she said with a laugh. “We all work really well together, but I’m totally my mom. My mom was a hard mom. I’m probably that mom.”
Clarkson will officially earn the title “stepmother” in late October when she swaps vows with Blackstock at their Nashville home.
The Stronger singer has long made it clear she will be a laid-back bride, and it appears she’s becoming increasingly blasé as the wedding draws near.
“I’m so over it. It’s so overwhelming,” she admitted to Seacrest. “We’re just doing a lot: touring and the wedding and the Christmas album [out Oct. 29], so I’m over the wedding part.”
But one thing’s for sure: she is nowhere near over Blackstock.
“It’s not a try-hard situation,” she says of their relationship. “It’s just easy. It’s work – after a year and a half that puppy phase [is over] and reality starts to set in – but it’s fun work. We’re very similar. It’s easy.”
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April 25, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson’s Fiance Brandon Blackstock Spoils Her on Birthday: “I’m So in Love I’m Annoying Myself” Filed under:News
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this! Kelly Clarkson was ecstatic to share her overwhelming gratitude for where she is in life via Twitter on Wednesday, Apr. 24 — starting with a certain thoughtful fiance.
The “Stronger” singer, who is engaged to Reba McEntire’s stepson Brandon Blackstock, shared two photos on her WhoSay account for her 31st birthday, of a decadent cake and a giant bouquet of sunflowers, with a sweet caption to boot.
“I woke up to sunflowers and a red velvet cake that my baby made me I’m so in love I’m annoying myself ha!” Clarkson wrote. Her fans responded with an outpouring of congratulations and birthday wishes.
Clarkson announced her engagement to Blackstock in December 2012 with a simple tweet and a photo of an impressive canary yellow diamond ring. “I wanted y’all to know! Happiest night of my life last night!” she tweeted on Dec. 15. “I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever.”
And things have definitely been going well for the spunky country singer ever since. Clarkson couldn’t resist gushing about her “big year” on Wednesday.
“Today is my 31st birthday!” she wrote on her WhoSay account. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and my career has never been stronger. Thank you God for such an amazing family, group of friends, and a fan base that is rocking!”
“For my birthday I get to put out a Christmas Album at the end of the year (It’s sounding amazing!!), go on tour with @Maroon5 (gonna be killer), and GET MARRIED!! It’s a big year people!!”
The happy couple have not yet revealed the details of their upcoming nuptials, but she told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month that she’s already tapped fellow country crooner Blake Shelton to both sing at her wedding and officiate the ceremony.
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February 20, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson: ‘I Refuse to Be Bullied’ by Clive Davis Filed under:News
Clive Davis may have made headlines by revealing his bisexuality in his new memoir, but Kelly Clarkson is more concerned about what he’s written in regards to her career.
“I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation,” the recent Grammy winner wrote Tuesday on WhoSay. “It feels like a violation.”
In his newly released memoir The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis recalls a meeting with Clarkson that was “a very tough conversation, and it didn’t get any easier when Kelly burst in to hysterical sobbing,” while discussing the inclusion of “Since U Been Gone” on her second album, Breakaway.
“Not true at all,” Clarkson says. “His stories and songs are mixed up. I couldn’t be more proud of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.”
Clarkson goes on to state that she did cry in the meeting but not about “Since U Been Gone.”
“I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called ‘Because of You,’ ” she says. “He hated it and told me verbatim that I was a ‘s–––ty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.’ ”
Davis recalls a completely different version of the “Because of You” conflict in his book, released Tuesday.
“In subsequent interviews Kelly said that she had to fight to get “Because of You” on the album, but that simply wasn’t the case,” Clive writes. “I have no idea where she heard that.”
Despite the difference in memories, the engaged Clarkson remained positive in her blog.
“I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans,” she says. “Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.”
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February 6, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson Dishes on Her Dream Wedding Filed under:News
She had never been in love before. Then, a few years ago, Kelly Clarkson finally figured out why, she says.
“I was dating skinny jeans and I needed Wranglers,” the singer, 30, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
So when she fell hard for music manager Brandon Blackstock a year ago, she knew it was something special.
Relaxing at their Nashville home together in December, Clarkson recalls, “Out of nowhere I just said, ‘Thanks for being an awesome guy.’ I’ve never been loved properly by a man, and I was just like, ‘I thank you so much for that.’ ”
What she didn’t realize was that Blackstock, 36, was about to propose. “Not a damn clue!” she says. “If I did I would have worn something besides Uggs and a sweatshirt with no bra.”
Now the couple is busy planning an “earthy” outdoor fall wedding at home – think yellow roses for Texas – while Clarkson also works on two new albums and preps for the Grammys on Feb. 10.
“I didn’t know life could be this happy,” she says.
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February 5, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson Duet with Jewel! Filed under:music, News
Kelly did some backup on Jewel’s classic song, Foolish Games! Take a listen to the song below:
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January 4, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson: ‘I’ve Never Been Truly Loved’ Until Now Filed under:News
As she prepares to walk down the aisle, Kelly Clarkson has no doubts about her groom-to-be, Nashville-based talent manager Brandon Blackstock.
“Brandon’s totally the one,” Clarkson, 30, tells Cosmopolitan for its February issue. “I’ve never been so happy.”
After dating for a year, Blackstock, whose father Narvel Blackstock is Clarkson’s manager (and Reba McEntire’s husband), popped the question in December on what she called the “happiest night of my life.”
But romance was a long time coming for the pair.
“We’ve known each other for years, but we didn’t start talking until the Super Bowl last February,” Clarkson says in the issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday.
Though she’s thrilled to be engaged, Clarkson wasn’t sure when they first went out together. “This is the funniest/worst thing ever: One of my superhero idols is Whitney Houston, and the day she died was our first date,” she says. “I was like ‘This is a bad omen.’ ”
That turned out not to be true, but it seems that one thing is: love is worth waiting for: “Six years I was single before this,” Clarkson says. “I’ve never been truly loved like I am right now.”