Kelly Clarkson has just scored a major win in her ongoing divorce from Brandon Blackstock. ET has just revealed that the thirty-nine-year-old singer's prenuptial agreement has been upheld by a judge.
This prenup means all assets and the income derived during her marriage to Blackstockwill be segregated, plus grants Clarkson possession of the Montana ranch Blackstock is currently living on. This is where the family quarantined together back in early 2020. It's also reported that Clarkson has filed to have her last name restored and she will legally become Kelly Clarkson once more.
Blackstock had previously been contesting the prenup and his argument was that he lived and worked full time on the ranch. Blackstock also claims he is essentially giving up his career as a talent manager and wants to become a full-time rancher and to work sponsoring rodeos. His last remaining client after Clarkson, Black Shelton, has confirmed that the two have parted ways after Blackstock managed Shelton for many years.
This follows last month's update that Clarkson owes Blackstock $150,000 per month in spousal support as well as $45,601 in child support, totally a whopping $195,601 of alimony per month. She is also required to pay $1.25 million towards Blackstock's attorney fees, essentially covering the costs for the divorce. However, it's Blackstock who remains responsible for the monthly payments on their ranch, totalling $81,000 per month.
The divorce was filed for by Clarkson late last year following 7 years of marriage to Blackstock, who was also her talent agent. The couple share 2 kids (7-year-old River Rose and 5-year-old Remington Alexander) who Clarkson won primary custody of last year.
Clarkson confirmed to ET that during the stressful divorce proceedings, she's been finding solace in music once more.
"I have this record that we're working on. It's really great and really honest," she revealed. "There's just a lot of questions that I have to answer before releasing it for myself, you know? Whether that be business-wise or personally or whatever. Whatever happens though, it is such a gift. Like, I don't know how anybody, I'll just be real with you, goes through grief like divorce, any kind of grief, any kind of loss, without having an outlet like this. I have written like sixty songs, it is an insane amount of getting it out. I think that's a blessing in itself. Anytime you go through some life, it's such an awesome thing to have that outlet, regardless of whether people hear it or not."
Many of Clarkson's fans aren't happy with her alimony payments, though.
"Strange rules in America, fancy having to give her ex maintenance he is fit and able to work sitting on easy money," wrote one. Another agreed, adding: "Omg, how long does that alimony last? I would continue trying to fight that if at all possible ...screw alimony- she's raising the kids ...he can earn his own money ...or go find another woman to use and take advantage of."