Kelly Clarkson has won her $10.4M Montana ranch in divorce settlement with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock… but he ‘does not want to leave the property’
- Clarkson has won the $10.4M Montana ranch after a judge upheld her prenup
- The home and property called Vintage Valley was purchased in 2019 at auction
- She has been trying to settle her bitter divorce battle with Brandon Blackstock
- The star will have to ask Blackstock, who still resides at the ranch, to leave
- Clarkson had been temporarily ordered to pay Blackstock nearly $200k-per-month USD in spousal and child support
- She split from the music manager in 2020 after seven years of marriage
- Together they have daughter River Rose, seven, and son Remington, five,
A judge has ruled that Kelly Clarkson gets to keep her Montana ranch, which she purchased at auction in 2019 for $10.4million.
The Voice coach has been fighting with her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock over the property during the settlement of their divorce.
He has argued that because the home was purchased during their marriage, he has a right to it, according to TMZ.
But she is the sole person on the title and also it states in her prenup that she gets to keep everything she bought alone during their marriage.
A judge ruled in August the prenup needs to stay in place.
Kelly was declared legally single in late September.
Good news: A judge has ruled that Kelly Clarkson gets to keep her Montana ranch; seen during season three of her talk show
Ranch rules: The Voice coach has been fighting with her ex Brandon Blackstock over the property during their settlement after their divorce as he argues because it was purchased during their marriage, he has a right to it, according to TMZ
To complicate matters, Blackstock has been living at the ranch and does not want to move. It is at the moment his primary residence.
Blackstock had wanted to split their properties 50/50, and he wanted half of her income that she earned throughout their marriage. But a judge has reportedly stopped his request.
Kelly has been the more successful of the two with a singing career, and also a talk show and a role on The Voice. She is reportedly worth over $45million.
In August it was claimed Clarkson wants to sell the Montana ranch.
Sources told TMZ that Clarkson’s attorney Laura Wasser previously asked the judge for permission to sell the property, to which Blackstock’s lawyers objected, with no ruling on the prenuptial agreement at the time.
MailOnline has reached out to Clarkson’s representatives for comment.
Get out please: To complicate matters, Blackstock has been living at the ranch and does not want to move. It is at the moment his primary residence. Blackstock tried to contest the prenup but it was upheld this summer
He wanted it: He 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
Reports: Sources told TMZ on Saturday that Clarkson’s attorney, Laura Wasser, previously asked the judge for permission to sell the property, to which Blackstock’s lawyers objected. Pictured with Blackstock in 2018
Earlier this summer it was claimed Kelly ‘let out a scream’ of joy, with fellow coaches Blake Shelton and Ariana Grande joining in, when she learned her prenup was upheld.
Sources told 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.
In July, Clarkson had been temporarily ordered to pay Blackstock nearly $200,000-per-month (£144,000) in spousal and child support.
The documents also revealed details into Clarkson’s finances, showing that she personally earns over $2.4million (£1.8million) a month.
Reason to celebrate! Clarkson found out this summer that her prenup with Blackstock will be upheld; on The Voice
TMZ reported that Clarkson will keep the lion’s share of their assets including the Montana ranch where Blackstock is currently residing.
Sources added that Clarkson’s friend and fellow coach Shelton recently cut ties with Blackstock, who had managed the country singer for a number of years.
A judge is said to have agreed with Clarkson’s attorney that the signed prenup had to be taken into account.
It’s over: Per reports, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of their children – River, seven, and Remington, five (pictured above, as well as his elder kids Seth and Savannah in 2019)
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 per cent 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 (£58,000) a month to run in expenses.
With their pals: (L-R) TV Producer Narvel Blackstock, singers Reba McEntire, Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock attend Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI in 2015 in Arizona
Court documents obtained by TMZ confirm Clarkson will continue to pay Blackstock $150,000 (£108,000) per month whilst the divorce case continues in court as well as $45,000 (£32,000) 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.
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.’
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