This is why Kelly Clarkson's ex didn't want to have more kids

Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband, Brandon Blackstock, in June 2020. According to People, the couple married in October 2013 after meeting at "a rehearsal for the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2006." Blackstock is a music manager who reportedly has two children, a daughter named Savannah and a son named Seth, from a previous marriage. He and Clarkson welcomed a daughter named River Rose in 2014 and a son named Remington Alexander in 2016.

The breakup news comes as a surprise, especially considering how happy the Clarkson-Blackstock brood seemed on social media. During the coronavirus pandemic, the family hunkered down at its ranch in Montana, and Blackstock made occasional appearances on Clarkson's Instagram. Alas, it seems that just because both parties are committed to parenting together doesn't mean the marriage is working. While things looked good outwardly, Clarkson actually might have dropped a clue several weeks ago about some relationship conflict pertaining to family planning. 

Keep reading to find out why Clarkson said her ex didn't want more kids.

Kelly Clarkson has 'baby fever'

Kelly Clarkson virtually interviewed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay for The Kelly Clarkson Show in May 2020. Like a moment out of The Lion King, Ramsay proudly held up his 1-year-old son, Oscar, for the camera, and Clarkson legitimately lost her mind. (To be fair, little Oscar might be the cutest baby ever.)

When Clarkson saw Oscar, she gasped, "Oh my gosh, do not do this to me. I so want another child and my husband is like, 'No, we have four!'" In other words, it sounds like Brandon Blackstock was content with the number of kids they already have. A few minutes later, Clarkson saw Oscar again. "I have baby fever!" she exclaimed. "You get baby fever when you see them and you're like, 'Oh, I miss the chubby little legs and the little face.'"

Clarkson's burst of baby fever may indicate a change-of-heart, considering she's been vocal in the past about how difficult her pregnancies were. In 2017, she told the Elvis Duran Show: "I'm so glad I never have to be pregnant again." She added, "Geez, I'm glad my tubes are gone."

Neither Clarkson nor Blackstock have said that differing views on family planning played a role in their split, but considering her comments, it's possible that may have been a source of tension for the couple.

Kelly Clarkson encouraged Brandon Blackstock to get a vasectomy

While Kelly Clarkson might admit to some baby fever when she sees a cute child, that doesn't mean she was actively trying to have another child. In fact, it was quite the opposite. She actually made Brandon Blackstock get a vasectomy while she was pregnant with their son Remy. According to New York Daily News, Clarkson was very up front about this during an October 2016 appearance on Jenny McCarthy's SiriusXM show.

The American Idol OG shared, "I was literally pregnant with Remy, and I was like, 'You are getting fixed. This will never happen to me again.'" She went on to joke, "If something happens, it's a miracle of God. I literally told my OBGYN on the table while open, 'If I get pregnant again, I will find you!'"

Clarkson even got her tubes tied just to ensure that they wouldn't conceive another child unexpectedly. Talking about her pregnancy experiences, the singer said, "It's horrible. Nothing is beautiful, nothing is magical." She seemingly joked, "Whatever, you're that person that gets that pregnancy, good for you. But I will remind my children every day of their lives what I [went through]." So even if Blackstock was somehow yearning for another child, they wouldn't have expanded to their family with a traditional conception.

Kelly Clarkson and her ex were on the same page when it came to kids

Kelly Clarkson did make one public comment cooing over an adorable baby, but other than that one remark, she's been very adamant that her family was complete throughout the years. During a September 2017 appearance on WKTU's Cubby and Carolina in the Morning, Clarkson said, "Oh god, those tubes are gone! That's blasphemy. We don't even speak of it. We're both fixed in our own ways, yet still we'll probably get pregnant again somehow." She explained, "I always feel bad because I have friends who have a hard time getting pregnant and I'm just like guys, I have the worst pregnancies ever, it can't happen again!"

In an October 2016 E! News interview, Clarkson was asked if she and Brandon Blackstock wanted more kids and she shared, "No! Unless someone dies and gives us their kids or something, no." She shared, "I had miserable pregnancies, that's why." That's understandable. While it's been reported that Blackstock did not want any more children, it truly does seem like he and Clarkson were on the same page with that one.