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Kelly Clarkson’s divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock has been dragging on for almost two years and it’s mainly because of the $17+ million ranch she and her husband bought in Montana.
She filed for divorce in June 2020, citing irreconcilable differences, and they came to a custody agreement for their two children, River and Remington, pretty quickly in November 2020. They had an iron-clad prenup, which the judge will be upholding. Blackstock previously requested $436,000 a month in alimony and child support from Clarkson, but the price was reduced to $200,000 a month, according to PEOPLE.
Clarkson previously tried to evict him from the Montana ranch, but recently, she reportedly agreed to give Blackstock 5.12% of the Montana property, which was purchased in her name. This comes out to $908,800 of the $17,750,000 value. The court documents revealed that Blackstock has no ownership stake in the rest of the property.
Blackstock has expressed interest in leaving show business, where he was a music manager, and start a ranching career. He has stated that he needs the ranch because it is part of his new business venture. Blackstock has been ordered by a judge to keep up with the monthly costs of running the ranch and if he misses a payment, Clarkson has the right to sell it.
Some people are likely advising Clarkson to just settle out of court with her ex, but Clarkson isn’t going down without a fight, according to a new report from Us Weekly.
“She will not even entertain the idea of settling with Brandon,” a source tells the publication. “He will not get one penny from her that isn’t ordered by the judge. It’s going to be nasty.”
The source continued, “She is devoting 100 percent of any free time she has preparing for the trial. When not filming her talk show, she is hunkered down with [attorney] Laura Wasser.”
Us Weekly reports that a trial over the rest of the Montana property will begin in March.