Kelly Clarkson has been ordered to pay her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock almost $200,000 in money support following their very public split.
According to official court documents seen by The Blast earlier this week, a Los Angeles County Court has ruled that starting from April 2021, the thirty-nine-year-old singer owed Blackstock $150,000 worth of spousal support every single month. And not only that, but Clarkson is also required to pay him $45,601 per month in child support to "benefit" their 2 children, River and Remington, and also pay $1.25 million towards his attorney fees and costs for their ongoing divorce battle.
So, in total, Clarkson will be paying her ex-husband a lump sum of $195,601 every month and will also have to pay the additional million-dollar fee. To be honest, it's probably a small dent in her $1.9 million monthly earnings, but it's the pain of having to fund your estranged husband's lifestyle that's going to hurt the most.
It was also reported that Blackstock initially wanted double the amount the court ordered him to be paid - a source confirming that the talent manager wanted a very generous sum of $436,000 per month ($301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support) but the court's ruled in favor of only half the spousal amount and approximately a third of the child support.
A different source also confirmed the news to US Weekly adding that the details of the couple's final settlement are still being agreed upon, but the battle hasn't been an easy one.
Rumors about the pair's divorce first came to light last year, and shortly after, they found themselves in a different legal battle involving Blackstock's father's company, Starstruck Management. In September 2020, they tried to sue Clarkson for allegedly not paying millions worth of commissions that she owed the company but the Voice coach hit back with a petition alongside the California Labor Commissioner's Office in October, claiming Blackstock and his father defrauded her of millions of dollars by charging her huge fees while she was working with their company.
And things only continued to get worse as the legal battle continued. Blackstock also filed for divorce and Clarkson was granted primary custody the following month but the 2 are currently trying to keep things amicable while they co-parent.
Speaking on an episode of her talk show, the Kelly Clarkson Show, she said this of her divorce and ex-partner: "It's tough. … I know with me and Brandon, it's just a difficult thing because we're in different places, and it's like, we both agree on the main things, but it's a hard thing when you're not together all the time, for me personally.
"As long as you make sure it's about the children and their best interests, then we're both on board."
Hopefully, things work out for the best for both parties involved.