There were some weird “men’s rights activists” commenting on stories about Kelly Clarkson and her completely bonkers divorce and I hated that for us. Some people are just trash and they will believe any old trash opinion about a woman. The backstory on Kelly’s divorce is that she began to figure out that Brandon Blackstock was a sleazy golddigger and she filed for divorce. Brandon wanted $436K a month from Kelly in support. Around the same time, she filed a lawsuit against Brandon and his equally sleazy father for defrauding her of millions as her “managers.” Recently, the court told Kelly that she did have to pay Brandon $200K a month in support, but it’s apparently only a temporary situation until they finalize the financial part of their divorce. Well, good news. The court has validated her prenup. HURRAY!
Kelly Clarkson’s prenup has been validated by the judge in her divorce case, she found out the good news while she was on the set of “The Voice” and let out a scream, which then gave way to a celebration … TMZ has learned. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ …Kelly was filming the singing competition Wednesday when she got an email saying the hotly-contested prenup was upheld in full by the judge. We’re told the prenup segregates all assets and income derived during her marriage to Brandon Blackstock.
Kelly accumulated the lion’s share of assets, including the Montana ranch where Brandon is currently living. He was contesting the prenup and wanted their properties split, along with income she earned during their marriage, but the judge shut him down.
We’re told the celebration on the set of “The Voice” got personal. Our sources say Blake Shelton had recently terminated his relationship with Blackstock, who managed him for years. The other judges who were there, including Ariana Grande, participated in the celebration.
Clarkson’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, had argued during the trial on the prenup, that there had to be accountability when someone signs a contract — in this case, a prenup. The judge clearly agreed.
The divorce has been “bifurcated” — meaning the actual declaration that the marriage is over has been separated from the property settlement and custody issues. The actual dissolution of the marriage should be finalized within days. Kelly has been awarded primary custody on a temporary basis, because Brandon moved to Montana. It seems by validating the prenup, most issues have now been resolved.
As for the ranch, because the prenup was validated, Kelly — who purchased it — now has the right to sell it.
We reached out to Wasser for comment … so far, no word back.
Oh hot damn, did you catch that about Blake Shelton? I wonder if Kelly went to Blake and was like “Brandon and his father are f–king crooks” and Blake was like “thanks for telling me, I’m getting the hell out too.” Good for them! I’m so happy Kelly’s prenup was validated and that the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. What an absolute sleaze Brandon Blackstock is. I’m so glad Kelly protected herself and fought for the money she earned…before she even met him, and after.
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This is all great news–glad to hear it for Kelly.
Congrats to Kelly, wonderful news.
That’s huge about Blake terminating his contract too. Sounds like Brandon messed with the wrong woman. He’ll be lucky if his career survives.
For some reason I remember Kelly making a joke on The Voice about her husband representing Blake. And she seems to talk a lot about what great friends they are, so I’ve kind of wondered whether her husband being his manager had made things awkward for them. But I guess Blake chose a side.
I bet Blake cast a real hard look at his contract and counted his money too. I’m no fan of his, but if he and Kelly are friends from before… Yeah. Hopefully BOTH daddy and his skeezy son lose everything…
Yes. Good for her.
Good for Kelly! And so interesting about Blake. I think Brandon’s problems haven’t ended yet.
There was a mention in the papers about him quitting music to be a full time rancher. Wonder if it’s because no one wants to work with him now.
They also mentioned that it costs $81K a month for the Montana & that he can stay there but is responsible for all the costs. Another way to keep what isn’t his? So scummy
Well, I’m wondering if Blake hasn’t already gotten his attorneys to look over the finances. If Brandon and his father were cheating Kelly, there’s reason to think they were cheating Blake, too.
Good for her!!!
This is great news! I’m happy for her.
I’m so happy for Kelly. I’d been slightly side-eying this guys since Kelly put out “Piece by Piece” but I’m glad she got her to get rid of him and keep her coins.
Him and his dad sound like a couple of con artists, i think he put a Mark on her and proceeded to finesse her personally( didnt he leave his wife for her ?) and professionally.
So what does this mean? She doesnt have to pay him the 200k a month ?
Yep. She only had to pay the $200k monthly for the duration of the divorce proceedings. Now that the divorce is finalized, faucet is off!!
The 200k was a temporary judgment by the court.
Say it with me ladies: We want prenup!
I’m glad he won’t be able to continue to fleece her. And now, shore up custody and protect the kids.
We want prenup! Yeah!
I cannot WORD you hard enough! I don’t care if you have nothing when you get married, sign.a.prenup.
I think she’ll have to continue paying him, but anything paid during the temporary settlement would be deducted from the final settlement is my thinking.
Having the prenup validated in court should speed up the financial settlement and put an end to her ex’s attempted shenanigans.
Sell the ranch, Kelly! Spend some time fixing your picker and living your best life-you got this!
I think she will continue to support the kids but not spousal support.
Good for her!
Talented people who have their spouses also be the manager, can be tricky.
But this guy, and his Dad, sure have made themselves a pretty penny by double-dipping from their wives incomes.
Prenups are worth every penny, IMO.
Btw, divorced for 23+ years. No way will I ever marry again. No.
Never marry the manager. Especially if you’re his biggest client. Even moreso if you make him your manager so he won’t look like an unemployable bum when you marry him.
It’s easy to see how it happens. A good manager builds you up, believes in your talent, makes you feel good about yourself.
I’m right there with you, and I think I had the most amicable divorce on the planet. We went to Office Depot and got one of their “do your own divorce” kits (this was 2009, don’t know if that’s still a thing) and took nothing from each other. I bought our house, and he had every right to ask for half, according to state law in the state we were in at the time.
Still, never getting married again. I have learned I really treasure my own space I don’t have to share with another adult.
That’s great. I don’t know why I was taking this settlement so personally – I don’t really follow her career, but I think she’s just a sweetheart.
Good for her! I am so glad things are looking up for her in this saga. He deserves nothing, it appears he stole a nice nest egg already from “managing” her
So Kelly was paying attention to what happened between Reba and Brandon’s father.
Good for Kelly. For real.
Then again, this is the same woman who went against Clive Davis and didn’t break a sweat.
I always wondered why she married Brandon after Reba split with his dad. I would love for Kelly and Reba to write a book about their experience with the Blackstocks.
Wait, I take that back – upon reading Reba’s Wikipedia page it seems she and the Blackstocks are on good terms and very close. I guess Kelly is out on her own with this.
Well, Reba still is a co-parent with the senior Blackstock… right? It doesn’t mean that she thinks Brandon is above reproach. I mean, I can see Kelly still maintaining a *fine* relationship with her children’s father but not wanting to give him all her money.
I know she’s an actress, but Reba’s face in the video for “Because of You” has always made me teary. I don’t even watch the video if I don’t want to cry, Reba has a way of empathizing with her eyes that makes me feel like she really loves Kelly. See Also: Reba’s Kennedy Center honor and Kelly singing “Fancy”.
I may be in a bubble where I am convincing myself of something that isn’t reality, but I don’t care, I love the both of them so much.
Christine, I love them too. LOVE Reba!!! And I am not a country music person. She is an amazing human. Like Dolly.
She really is. I’m a native Oklahoman, and the state pride in Reba is very real.
I am so glad that this segment of her life is coming to a close and I wish Kelly all the happiness in the world. When you are a woman with money, I think it’s so important to scrutinize who you give access to it–even people you love. You can fire a stranger. It’s a lot harder to “fire” your husband.
He looked shady to me from the moment she started dating him.
I mean, I’m glad because what’s the point of a prenup/contract if they’re easy to void???
I’m very glad for her. She is immensely talented and hard working, and I’m glad she protected her assets with a solid pre-nup. Now I hope she wins back whatever his company scammed from her. And LOL at him moving to Montana, and now she can sell that place out from under him.
I feel for their kids though, it sounded like Kelly was super close with his older children as well, so hopefully they can all maintain that somehow.
The most disappointing thing to me about this whole story is that I assumed Reba McEntire was involved in it because I thought Brandon Blackstock was her son, but it turns out she is his ex-stepmother, not his mother. So now, I’m just happy for Kelly without having to be sad about Reba, lol.
Happy for Kelly. And Brandon will get some settlement out of this, whatever was arranged in the pre-nup. So, he better just be happy about that and let it go. She’s still pursuing fraud charges against him and his father.
I’m laughing at him living it up all humble and quaint on that ranch in Montana. LOL! It’s HER ranch, as deemed by the courts. She can evict his ass and sell it the highest bidder.
His sleazy play to get the ranch was so transparent and beyond infuriating. Full-time rancher my ass! I’m so glad it worked out in Kelly’s favor.
Yay for Kelly! So happy for her, she deserves this. Brandon has always pinged me as sleazy. And, it sounds like, probably a criminal. Good on Blake too for firing his ass.
My husband and I have a prenup. We weren’t getting married without one, as we have substantial assists and children from our previous marriages.
People tend to think prenups are just for the ultra rich, but I’ve come to think that they’re really just a practical thing to do for most people. You have no idea what life will throw at you, better safe than sorry. Have a house? Children? A retirement fund? A cat? Get a prenup!
Good for her! I work for a divorce attorney, and having a prenup is a smart option for anyone. The divorces with prenups that we handle are much quicker and far less expensive than divorces without. Disagreements are what make divorces costly. The more the couple disagrees, the more the attorneys get paid. With a prenup, there’s very little to argue about. I’m happy for her that she’s finally free of this freeloader!
That’s one of the best pieces of advice I have heard about marriage. Even though no one wants to think about going into a marriage and it ending, it still happens. It’s also a good indicator on how you negotiate with your partner to be. Plus, you are right unless you just love to give lawyers your money, it’s a good idea to have a prenup.
Neither my husband nor I had anything when we got married, so no prenup–we threw our lots in together, and it has worked well for 25 years and counting. But you can bet that I taught my daughter to always have a separate bank account. It’s kind of like putting a dime in your shoe, on a larger scale.
And you know Reba was calling her to cheer her on, since Kelly’s ex’s dad is Reba’s ex.