In June 2020, American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock after seven years of marriage. The couple has four children together.
Clarkson, 38 filed for divorce from Blackstock, 43 on June 4. According to court documents she filed on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.”
The papers, submitted to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles in early June, led the case to be classified as “dissolution with minor children.”
Events Leading Up To The Divorce
The couple’s breakup came amidst the initial lockdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Clarkson, who had just launched The Kelly Clarkson Show, was open about how wonderful her family life was, and had been since she and Blackstock first got together in 2011.
Blackstock made a brief appearance on the show in April 2020, gathering their children and Blackstock’s son from his previous marriage to record a video message for Clarkson’s birthday that was aired live.
“I love you, Mama. I hope you have a good birthday day,” their son River says “I love you so much, and I would sing a special song to you when it’s your birthday.”
The family soon relocated and was quarantined together for most of the summer.
The singer-turned-variety-show-host bought her husband two snowmobiles for his birthday so they could spend time doing his favorite activity together.
Everything seemed idyllic until June.
Clarkson Files For Divorce
After four months of being quarantined together at their Montana ranch, news of the divorce broke.
Since filing, Clarkson has been enthusiastically working on the show while dealing with the messy fallout of the end of her marriage.
According to Us Weekly, a source revealed that Clarkson could no longer trust her husband, claiming that she felt “Brandon was just using her for her money and lifestyle” and “she had tremendous resentment toward him. She just wasn’t willing to look the other way anymore.”
Despite the emotional fallout of the decision, Clarkson has no plans to look back and is currently focused on co-parenting and making The Kelly Clarkson Show the best it can be.
The Messy Ongoing Divorce Settlement
Unfortunately for Clarkson, Blackstock was relentless regarding what he should be granted in their divorce.
In July, Clarkson was temporarily ordered to pay her ex-husband nearly $200,000 per month of her $1.9 million monthly income in combined spousal and child support.
Blackstock has remained adamant about being given ownership of the Montana ranch despite the judge ruling in Clarkson’s favor.
She has moved to take their issues private after the live testimony Blackstock demanded in order to “testify as to the issues raised by the Petitioner’s Request for Order that he vacate the ranch.”
His supposed claim to the ranch is him quitting his music management job to work on developing the property full-time.
The judge ruled in Clarkson’s favor as it was purchased on her money alone; thus, it falls under sole ownership.
Clarkson was also awarded primary physical custody of the couple’s children. They are currently living with her in Los Angeles.
As far as the divorce settlement goes, Clarkson has contested the monthly support demanded by Blackstock.
According to sources, the couple has yet to reach a formal settlement, but it is expected to happen soon.
The judge had refused to contest the prenup signed before the marriage took place, despite what some outlets have reported.
It has been reported that Blackstock is now seeing $436,000 a month, of which $301,000 is in spousal support, and $135,000 is child support. He has also demanded Clarkson supply $2 million for his attorney fees.
How Is Kelly Doing Now?
“I mean, it’s no secret. My life has been a little bit of a dumpster… personally, it’s been a little hard the last couple months,” she tells the host of Sunday Today, Willie Geist. “I’ve been talking to friends that have been through divorce. I don’t know how people go through that without having some kind of outlet because it is the worst thing ever for everyone involved,”
The singer reveals that her forthcoming album will serve as an outlet for her life at the moment, saying she will use the record to reflect on what she has experienced as her marriage came to an end.
She reveals it will “probably be [her] most personal” album to date” as it focuses on the range of emotions she experienced from the beginning of the relationship to the end. Clarkson will explore her life at the present moment.
She refers to the songwriting process as “therapeutic” amidst all the divorce chaos.
In between work and motherhood, Clarkson did not even realize that she had won the Daytime Emmy Award for Entertainment Talk Show Host for The Kelly Clarkson Show in June.
“I totally forgot that the Emmys were on. I’m sitting there playing with LEGOs with my kid. My executive producer Alex calls me and is, like, ‘You are the best host.’ And I was, like, ‘Thank you,’”
She goes on to hilariously remember that she “was having kind of a hard week, and I literally almost started crying, because I was like, ‘This is just the nicest thing to call someone out of nowhere and just be kind.’ And she was, like, ‘No, no, no, no. You won the Emmy for outstanding…’ and I was, like, ‘What?!’”
Clarkson’s return to Hollywood as a judge on The Voice and now a talk show host may have been part of the reason for the couple’s turbulent marriage during quarantine.
However, as the awards recognition proves, Clarkson brings her A-game to every project.
With A-list guests being booked on her show and her stellar new music covers, Clarkson is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.
Fans recall her first appearance on American Idol and are proud of how her win solidified her place in entertainment history.
Clarkson and Blackstock joined the list of celebrity breakups that occurred in 2020, which have been attributed to being forced into quarantine and how that has affected marriages.