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Kelly Clarkson finalises divorce settlement with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock


Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock have finally settled on their divorce settlement after a bitter battle.

While the former American Idol winner walks away with the lion’s share of assets, LA Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon has signed off on terms which still gives Brandon a good sum of cash, according to TMZ.

The settlement sees Kelly, 39, granted primary custody of the pair’s two children, River Rose, seven, and Remington, five.

Brandon, 45, will have the youngsters one weekend a month for the time being according to the settlement.

The singer also keeps the couple’s Montana ranch, but Brandon has been granted permission to stay there until June 1, as long as he pays $12.5k each month in rent.

It’s reported that the settlement will have to be reevaluated if Brandon leaves Montana.



Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock after nearly seven years of marriage
Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock after nearly seven years of marriage

He had originally challenged Kelly’s prenup, but the judge has affirmed its validity, meaning the songstress’ reported $20 million per year wage remains entirely hers.

Brandon’s settlement is said to see him receive $115k every month in spousal support until January 2024.

He is also set to receive $45.6k each month in child support to ensure the kids live comfortably during their stay with him.

As well as these monthly payments, Brandon is set to be paid a lump sum of $1.3 million as part of the settlement.

The decision follows Kelly’s emphatic performance at the ACM Awards on Monday where she belted out I Will Always Love You in tribute to the ceremony’s host Dolly Parton.

Kelly had been granted single status by the judge back in September and removed Brandon’s surname from Kelly’s legal name – she now goes by Kelly Brianne in reference to her middle name.

She will still be known as Kelly Clarkson in her professional life even though she has legally dropped her last name.



Kelly Clarkson with her kids
Kelly Clarkson with her kids

She has been in showbiz for 20 years since her brilliant success following her singing contest win.

She has released nine studio albums since her American Idol victory in 2007.

Since then, Kelly has also gone on to successfully front several seasons of The Kelly Clarkson Show, her US chat show.

Last year it was announced that the show was to replace The Ellen DeGeneres show as NBC’s main daytime talk show.

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