Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock: Relationship Timeline

Meant to be! Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock are down to earth and somewhat private, yet never withholding, about their love story.

The American Idol alum and the manager began dating in 2011 and things moved pretty quickly from then. The couple announced their engagement in December 2012 and tied the knot less than a year later.

Within months, Clarkson welcomed the pair’s first child together, daughter River, in June 2014. She went on to give birth to son Remington in April 2016. (Blackstock shares daughter Savannah and son Seth with ex-wife Melissa Ashworth.)

The “Since U Been Gone” singer is known for her honest and open nature when it comes to revealing secrets to her successful relationship. “Goodness, no! Brandon is not my other half. He’s a whole and I’m a whole,” she explained in her May 2015 Redbook cover story. “I’ve never believed in someone taking care of me, and that’s probably because I grew up poor and without a lot of family stability.”

The duo have plenty in common too. “We both love getting out in nature, we love the country and we are not really city people,” she told Us Weekly in December 2019. “It is nice to go out and have your kids do stuff outside and in nature. So that is what we will be doing the whole time. You won’t find me. I will be lost in a ranch!”

Clarkson and Blackstock also enjoy one-on-one activities. “Any time we’re in a discussion about sex with a bunch of couples, Brandon and I stay pretty quiet. To keep it family appropriate, let’s say we’re just a lot more active than other couples,” she admitted to Redbook in 2017. “I’m a person who loves change. He loves spontaneity. Having a set time or place [to have sex] would be boring to us.”

The Voice coach made headlines again in December 2019 when she revealed how often the twosome have sex. “How one makes children is generally what I do before bed,” she said on The Kelly Clarkson Show at the time.

Scroll to relive Clarkson and Blackstock’s relationship through the years.

2011

Us reported in March 2012 that the Grammy winner and Blackstock began dating in late 2011. “I’m too happy. He’s ruining my creativity,” she told Us in May 2012. “I’m writing all this happy s–t. It’s killing me.”

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2012

The lovebirds made their debut as a couple in May 2012 while attending a party in Tennessee.

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2012

Blackstock popped the question in December 2012. “I’m engaged!” she tweeted at the time. “I wanted y’all to know! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever.”

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2013

Clarkson and her then-fiancé attended Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball in January 2013 after she performed at the presidential inauguration.

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2013

The Kelly Clarkson Show host wed Blackstock in October 2013. “I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock,” she gushed via Twitter. “We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!”

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2014

Clarkson announced in November 2013 that she was expecting her first child. She gave birth to her daughter in June 2014. “Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th!” she tweeted. “Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!!”

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2015

The couple went on a double date with Blackstock’s father, Narvel Blackstock, and then-stepmother, Reba McEntire, in March 2015. The foursome attended Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix.

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2015

Clarkson got real about her private time with Brandon in 2015. “I always swore ours would not be a relationship where we have to schedule sex. That is never going to happen,” she told Redbook. “We put each other first. I call it the oxygen-mask mentality — take care of yourself first!”

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2016

The “Because of You” songstress shared in August 2015 that she was pregnant with her second child. “Our little baby boy has arrived!!” she tweeted in April 2016. “Remington Alexander Blackstock was born 4/12/16 & he is healthy & we couldn’t be happier or more in love!”

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2016

Months after adding to their brood, Clarkson confessed that she did not want any more children and made Brandon get a vasectomy. “I was literally pregnant with Remy, and I was like, ‘You are getting fixed. This will never happen to me again,’” she said on The Jenny McCarthy Show in October 2016. “If something happens, it’s a miracle of God. I literally told my OB/GYN on the table while open, ‘If I get pregnant again, I will find you!’”

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2017

James Corden surprised the children’s book author with an impromptu date with Brandon during “Carpool Karaoke” in November 2017. “I feel like we’re making a porn,” the producer joked. “There’s a lot of cameras.”

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2019

River, Remy, Seth and Savannah joined their parents at the April 2019 premiere of Clarkson’s film UglyDolls.

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2019

Clarkson revealed the pair’s nightly routine in December 2019. “I was single for many years. So, I have children [now], and how one makes children is generally what I do before bed,” she admitted on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “That’s not a lie, that’s real! And it’s not weird, it’s natural.”

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