The newest update in celebrity legal battles comes from the world of singer and TV personality Kelly Clarkson, who was recently ordered to pay a hefty sum in spousal and child support to her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock.
The ruling was issued this week by the L.A. County Court amid a disagreement between the estranged couple over their property, children, and monthly incomes.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, the sum Kelly is to pay (temporary while the divorce proceedings continue) is based on her estimated earnings of $1,583,617 per month. Clarkson will pay $150,000 per month to Blackstock in spousal support, plus $45,601 for their children River Rose and Remington Alexander, totaling $195,601. That's not all... on top of her own legal fees, Kelly is also required to pay Brandon's $1.25 million in attorney fees and costs for the ongoing divorce.
The public documents really do open the books on the couple, sharing their personal finances and future plans. Apparently, Brandon who is the former stepson of country icon Reba McEntire, has decided to leave his career in the entertainment business to "become a rancher full-time."
After being married for seven years, Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon in June of 2020 and subsequently received physical custody of their children. Earlier this month, Kelly filed a request to officially change her marital status to single. Her reasoning: They "both deserve the opportunity to build a new life."
In the meantime, NBC has decided to fill the emptiness being left by Ellen DeGeneres with The Kelly Clarkson Show when Ellen comes to an end in 2022. Kelly’s highly popular show is currently in its second season and was given a renewal last year to bring the fun to viewers through 2023.