On Friday, June 12, the 38-year-old mother of two was spotted walking her dog in Los Angeles, Calif., looking casual in a jumpsuit, sandals and chic sunglasses—and without a ring on that finger.
Clarkson was photographed shortly after news broke that the American Idol winner had cited "irreconcilable differences" in court documents obtained by E! News. Clarkson also requested joint legal and physical custody of their two children, six-year-old daughter River Rose and four-year-old son, Remington Alexander.
The couple—who wed in 2013 in Tennessee—have remained silent about the news, but members of the family's inner circle has told E! News that the separation came as a total shock. "It came out of nowhere," one insider said. "It's all so sad for the kids. They were always such a loving family. It never seemed like they had any issues."
The source added that the situation was "quite shocking," to friends of the duo, adding that their mutual acquaintances "have been texting each other over their disbelief that the couple is splitting."
Another insider who's close to The Kelly Clarkson Show reiterated the confusion: "Brandon was around all the time on almost all show days and they were very loving towards one another. They drove home from set together every night."
The couple became engaged in 2012 and wed in Oct. 2013.