Kelly Clarkson sang a rendition of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” on her talk show, changing one of the lines, prompting many to believe it alluded to her sentiments toward her ex a year after she filed for divorce.
Kelly Clarkson’s most recent performance drew attention for both her excellent voice and a small yet impactful lyric alteration. On Sept. 30, the singer, 39, sang a version of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and after she added her own spin to one of the song’s lines, some fans believe it was directed at her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, 44.
Billie says, “I don’t relate to you / I don’t relate to you, no / ‘Cause I’d never treat you this sh*tty / You made me detest this city,” in the original song. Kelly modified the sentence “You made me despise this city” to “I get it, you hate this city” during her time on the stage of her act.
Despite appearing on television, she elected to retain all of the song’s expletives in and only have the editors bleep the words when required.
Fans flocked to Twitter shortly after Kelly’s performance to express their thoughts on why she changed the lyrics and why it could be about Brandon, whom she’s been battling in court since filing for divorce in June 2020.
The way Kelly Clarkson changed the lyrics of “Happier Than Ever,” sang every line with intention, and sounded amazing. I know she was directing this at her ex. Legendary. pic.twitter.com/wBfsSPVxhc
— Ryan (@RyanSchocket) September 30, 2021
“Kelly Clarkson modified the lyrics of ‘Happier Than Ever,’ sung every line with purpose, and sounded incredible. One fan said, “I know she was targeting this at her ex. Legendary,” while another replied, “Yup I love her.” Others simply appreciated her incredible performance of the song. One user wrote, “I don’t believe I could ever get over kelly clarkson’s cover of happier than ever.”
dont think i could ever get over kelly clarkson’s cover of happier than ever
— little mix’s wh0r3 (@osnapitsnelz) October 4, 2021
Kelly’s performance coincides with her and Brandon’s legal struggle, so it’s understandable that some could assume she was thinking about him throughout her time on stage. River, 7, and Remington, 5, are the former lovebirds’ children, and Kelly made a significant stride forward in September by selling the Encino, CA property they all shared for $8.5 million.
She also sold a home in Nashville before moving to a smaller Los Angeles home in June, and she’s still attempting to sell her Montana ranch, which she won in the divorce case, but Brandon is still living there, so she has to keep paying for it.
Furthermore, according to court filings, if Brandon does not pay the ranch’s monthly maintenance charges of $81,000, Kelly has the right to file another move to sell.
Kelly and Brandon married in 2013 and are slated to divorce in January 2022.