Everything to Know So Far About Kelly Clarkson’s Messy Divorce From Brandon Blackstock
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Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband of nearly seven years, Brandon Blackstock, in June 2020. Over a year later, the heated battle has come to a head with Clarkson asking the judge to declare her legally single. All of the financial details of their divorce are yet to be finalized.
Everything Going on with Kelly Clarkson’s Heated Divorce From Brandon Blackstock
Clarkson and Brandon are parents to River Rose, 7, and Remington Alexander, 5. Clarkson has made it clear that the children are her biggest concern during the divorce. She spoke out for the very first time on The Kelly Clarkson Show in September about how the divorce was a “dumpster fire.”
Clarkson was awarded temporary primary physical custody of the children in November 2020. Blackstock lives in Montana and the kids live in Los Angeles with Clarkson. The court found that the couple had “a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.” A source later revealed that Brandon was seeking over half a million dollars in child and spousal support each month.
“Brandon’s been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees,” a source told People Magazine. “Kelly’s offered to pay for all the kids’ expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301K in spousal support and $135K in child support per month.”
Clarkson was Hit with a Monster Lawsuit From the Blackstock Family
Brandon was also looking to hit Clarkson with the bill for his $2 million legal fees. In the midst of the divorce, Clarkson was slammed with a lawsuit from Brandon’s father, Narvel Blackstock, owner of Starstruck Management Group for unpaid commissions. He alleges that Clarkson owes them $1.4 million. These commissions are reportedly from her earnings as host of The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Voice.
Clarkson had previously maintained a close relationship with the Blackstock’s. They have managed her for 13 years so this has certainly created a more tense situation. There is no written agreement since this was all verbally done in 2007 during a phone call. She hit back at Narvel and Brandon with a suit of her own. She filed a labor petition claiming that Starstruck Management Group violated the California Labor Code.
Clarkson claims that Narvel and Brandon acted as unlicensed agents and demanded “unconscionable fees and compensation” for “illegal services.” Starstruck’s attorney Bryan Freedman responded to Clarkson’s filing saying that she is “attempting to avoid paying commissions.”
Clarkson Wants to Be Declared Legally Single
Initially, Clarkson asked the judge to honor their prenup and not award Brandon any spousal support. More recently, Brandon challenged the couple’s prenup and he believes it is invalid. The judge did award Brandon temporary spousal support which will most likely end in 2023.
Clarkson’s lawyer Laura Wasser filed court docs in July to request that the judge legally terminate her marital status. She would legally be declared single if the judge approves her request. The other details of the divorce would be worked out at a later date. A court notice also called for Clarkson and Brandon to meet to discuss the details of their divorce proceedings.
Despite all of the madness, Clarkson is expected to open up about her divorce in her upcoming album. She has said multiple times on her show that writing songs is how she expresses her feelings the best. During an episode of Sunday Today With Willie Geist, she gave further details about the emotional album.
“This next record, this will probably be the most personal one I’ve ever released,” The Voice coach said. “The whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship, to the end of what it is now, and it’s been very therapeutic for me.”