Kelly Clarkson just welcomed daughter River, her first with her husband of eight months, Brandon Blackstock. Brandon has two children with his ex wife, I believe they’re 13 and 7 now, and Kelly has often referred to them “her” kids. It turns out that their mom, Melissa White (nee Ashworth), is still in the picture and she feels very similar to Kelly. She loves Kelly and Brandon’s new daughter and gushed about her to Radar and on Facebook. Melissa has spoken to Radar in the past when she sort-of defended Brandon against claims that he cheated on her multiple times while they were married.
White met the new addition on June 14 and tells Radar exclusively, “She’s just absolutely precious. And Kelly is doing great.”
Brandon and White had two kids together — Savannah, 13, and Seth, 7 — before divorcing in 2012 and beginning to date Clarkson.
But White insists there are no hard feelings. “We have a wonderful relationship,” she insists. “I love Kelly and we get along great, and my husband and I hang out with them all the time.”
In fact, White revealed, “At Kelly’s baby shower, she certainly got a gift from me. I couldn’t leave my kid out!”
White previously gushed to Radar, “I adore Kelly and Brandon as a couple.”
And in a Facebook post on June 14, she wrote, “Earlier today I got to see the 3rd most precious baby in my life… River Rose Blackstock! It’s a love I can’t explain, she is apart of my kids… Chris and I have a unique relationship with our ex’s and their spouses only God inspired. We absolutely love Brantlee and River. What precious little darlings!”
This story reminds me of the situation with Tiger Woods’ ex, Elin Nordegren, and how she’s cool with Tiger’s girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, and is grateful that someone else is loving her children. It’s refreshing to see these stories once in a while and to realize that there are blended family situations in which people don’t fight, and they don’t hold grudges. I would say that maybe Melissa is just exceptional at dealing with the press, but I found her Facebook page (I’m not going to link it, it’s easy enough to find) and she just seems like a happy, friendly person. She’s remarried to a guy who runs a karate studio and she has pics up of her kids and of her husband doing martial arts.
I hope that Kelly, Brandon and their new arrival are doing well. Kelly really seems to have lucked out in that she found a divorced guy without family drama and with a presumably great relationship with his ex. Their kids will definitely benefit from it too.