Kelly Clarkson had reason to celebrate on Wednesday after learning that a judge has upheld the prenuptial agreement in her bitter divorce battle with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.
Sources tell the outlet that while Clarkson was filming the singing competition, she received an email from her lawyers sharing the good news that her prenup had been kept in place, meaning she will keep the bulk of her assets and income.
Last month, Clarkson – said to be worth $45M – had been temporarily ordered to pay Blackstock nearly $200k-per-month in spousal and child support. The documents also revealed details into Clarkson’s finances, showing that she personally earns $1,583,617 a month.
Reason to celebrate! Kelly Clarkson is said to have found out that her prenup with ex-husband Brand Blackstock will be upheld, while she was filming The Voice on Wednesday
TMZ now report that Clarkson will keep the lion’s share of their assets including the Montana ranch where her ex-husband is currently residing.
Blackstock had been contesting the prenup and wanted to split their properties 50/50, in addition to the income that she earned throughout their marriage – but a judge has reportedly stopped his request.
Sources add that Clarkson’s friend and fellow coach Shelton recently cut ties with music manager Blackstock, who had managed the country singer for a number of years.
A judge is said to have agreed with Clarkson’s attorney – famed divorce lawyer Laura Wasser – that the signed prenup had to be taken into account.
It’s over: Per the report, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of their minor – children River, seven, and Remington, five (pictured above, as well as his elder kids Seth and Savannah)
Clarkson now has the right to sell the Montana ranch as she is the one who purchased it, according to the report.
The ex couple’s divorce has been ‘bifurcated’ meaning the end of the marriage has officially been declared.
Per the report, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of their minor children – River, seven, and Remington, five.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Clarkson would pay 70% of her children’s school fees and expenses but had refused to pay for the Montana ranch.
The judge had ordered that Blackstock carry the financial burden of his Montana ranch, that costs around $81,000 a month to run in expenses, though now it seems likely that Clarkson will sell it.
Cause for celebration: Blake Shelton and Ariana Grande are said to have celebrated Kelly’s legal win backstage on The Voice according to a report (John Legend also pictured)
Blackstock is currently living at the ranch, and is using it as his primary residence. It was also revealed that Blackstock was earning around $10k a month, while Clarkson was bringing home around $1.5M a month.
Court documents obtained by TMZ confirm Kelly will continue to pay Brandon $150,000 per month whilst the divorce case continues in court as well as $45,000 in child support.
The permanent specifics of any spousal support is still unclear.
The singer has sold a staggering 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide in her career, and currently has her own hit talk-show.
Kiss off: Earlier this month Clarkson asked for the courts to legally declare her single, over one year after she initially filed for divorce in June 2020 (Pictured, 2018)
Clarkson first began dating Blackstock – a country music manager – back in 2011 and married him in 2013.
Blackstock also shares his 13-year-old son Seth and 17-year-old daughter Savannah with his ex-wife Melissa Ashworth.
The Piece By Piece hitmaker had sparked speculation last year that she and Blackstock could have been set to have a third child, as she confessed she had ‘baby fever’ after chatting to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
During their chat, in which Gordon’s 13-month-old son Oscar appeared, Clarkson said: ‘Oh my gosh! Do not do this to me. I so want another child, and my husband is like, ‘No! We have four!’
‘You get baby fever when you see them and you’re like, ‘Oh, I miss the chubby little legs and the little face.’
Paycheck: The documents also revealed details into Clarkson’s finances, showing that she personally earns $1,583,617 a month