Kelly Clarkson Cancels Her Big Wedding, Plans To Elope
Planning a wedding ain't easy, guys. Everyone on the earth can tell you that, and explain how you and your intended have to be really solid in your relationship before planning the big event or else risk cataclysmic fights… and yet, until you're in tears over place settings and sending angry texts to your caterer every hour, you don't really understand it. Even if you're a mega-star on the level of Kelly Clarkson and could spend all the money in the world to get someone to deal with all those pains in the ass for you.
Clarkson, who has been engaged since last December to Brandon Blackstock, had been planning a big to-do of a wedding, but she confirmed to People today that the couple has decided to elope instead. "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."
And though being overwhelmed by wedding planning is totally a "Stars! They're just like us!" moment, Clarkson's definition of "busy" is a little different from yours-- "I have a Christmas record coming out. I'm doing a bunch of stuff with State Farm right now." I know I hate it when my Christmas record gets in the way of my gym schedule, right? Blackstock, in addition to being Reba McEntire's stepson, is a talent manager with big names like Blake Shelton (who at one point planned to officiate their wedding) under his wing. Between Shelton's and Clarkson's career, and Blackstock's two kids from a previous marriage ("We're going to all these football games and soccer games and volleyball games") it's probably impressive that Clarkson and her intended can even be in the same room at once, much less plan a giant marriage ceremony around them.
They'd already sent out save-the-dates to the invited guests, and Clarkson says they've already apologized-- "[We] 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.' " Now the Clarkson-Blackstock family has spared themselves all the insanity that comes along with celebrity weddings, like having to keep the whole thing a giant secret or fending off the paparazzi helicopters that, honest to God, have been known to hover overhead. Good on Clarkson for making the decision that felt right to her, even after releasing some gorgeous engagement photos. But if she's of a mind to take the money she would have spent on the wedding and pass it down to another bride-to-be who's also sick of wedding planning, she knows where to find me.
If you can't get enough of Kelly Clarkson and wedding talk, here's the newly released video for her single "Tie It Up," which as the cover art suggests is all about weddings and everything they entail.