Kelly Clarkson Reportedly Refusing to Pay for Ex’s Montana Ranch Amid Divorce Negotiations

by Courtney Blackann

In another turn of events, a judge has ruled that singer Kelly Clarkson is not responsible for her ex Brandon Blackstock’s Montana ranch costs after a very messy divorce negotiation continues.

The megastar shares two children with Blackstock, River and Remington. She has agreed to pay 70 percent of their school costs, according to The Daily Mail. The two minors currently attend private school and Clarkson has no issue with footing the majority of the bill. She is additionally paying her ex about $200,000 in spousal support temporarily.

The “Behind These Hazel Eyes” singer has been negotiating divorce terms for a couple of months now since she filed for a permanent split in June 2020. Clarkson has also received primary custody of the two children, who are both minors.

The Blackstock Montana ranch costs a whopping $81,000 to operate each month. Clarkson brings in a reported $1.5 million each month, while Blackstock brings in around $10,000.

Clarkson and music manager Blackstock wed in 2013 and filed for divorce seven years following their nuptials. Since that time, the battle over property and payment has escalated.

“The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them,” Life & Style Magazine reported. Clarkson was granted full physical custody. The singer shared the struggles of her separation with her daytime show The Kelly Clarkson Show.

“2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life,” Clarkson said on the show. “Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came. What I’m dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart. It involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids. And divorce is never easy. And we’re both from divorced families so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts.”

Kelly Clarkson and Blackstock’s Messy Separation

To make matter’s worse amidst a tumultuous separation, Kelly Clarkson’s management company, which is headed by her soon-to-be ex-father-in-law sued her for $1.4 million in unpaid commissions.

Furthermore, Clarkson brought a countersuit claiming the company violated California labor laws. She stated the company additionally charged her high fees without cause. Clarkson claimed the company was “procuring, offering, promising or attempting to procure employment or engagements” without a license.

Clarkson and Blackstock began dating in 2011. Blackstock proposed to “The Voice” judge in 2012. The couple announced wed in 2013 in a southern setting and shortly after announced that they were expecting their first child.

The pair announced the expectation of their second child in August of 2015. While the couple is hoping to eventually share custody of their two children, Clarkson will continue to maintain custody until all the divorce dealings settle.