Because of her ex Brandon Blackstock, Kelly Clarkson has to dish out $195,000 a month in spousal and child support.
TMZ reported the singer and host of The Kelly Clarkson Show was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to pay her ex $150,000 per month in spousal support as well $45,601 per month in child support.
This means Blackstock will earn $2.3 million annually just because he parted ways with Clarkson.
The former couple share daughter River Rose Blackstock, 7, and son Remington Alexander Blackstock, 5.
Last November after Kelly Clarkson was granted primary custody of their children, the 44-year-old sought $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support.
According to the documents obtained by the outlet, Clarkson earns more than $1.5 million per month in income. Meanwhile, Brandon left his career as an entertainment manager and “made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time.”
The court order also requires her to pay $1.25 million towards her estranged husband’s attorney fees and costs for their divorce, but it hasn’t been finalized yet.
Earlier this month she filed a request to be legally single. “Irreconcilable differences have existed and continue to exist between [Brandon] and me, which have caused our marriage to irretrievably break down,” states the filing, which was obtained by E! News. “No counseling or reconciliation effort will be of any value at this time…[Brandon] and I bot deserve the opportunity to build a new life.”
Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon in June 2020 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “My life has been a little bit of a dumpster,” she said in an interview with NBC’s Sunday Today the following September. “I’ve been talking to friends that have been through a 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.”
Also that month, she said on The Kelly Clarkson Show season two premiere, “What I’m dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart. It involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids,” referring to Brandon’s eldest two children from a previous marriage.
“And divorce is never easy,” she continued. “And we’re both from divorced families so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts.”