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Kelly Clarkson Ordered to Pay $200K a Month in Child Support



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • Kelly Clarkson recently admitted in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music that her divorce from Brandon Blackstock was incredibly challenging, filled with tears and personal struggles. Clarkson filed for divorce in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage.
  • Clarkson attributed some of her emotional distress to “unhealthy habits” formed during her marriage and from the teachings of her religious upbringing, which often led her to prioritize others’ needs over her own.
  • The divorce battle, which lasted for two years and resulted in Clarkson being granted primary custody of their two children, was marked by contentious court battles over custody and property. The “American Idol” winner was ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in monthly spousal and child support, as well as Blackstock’s legal fees amounting to $1.25 million.

In a recent revealing interview, Kelly Clarkson openly confessed that her divorce process from Brandon Blackstock, which took nearly two years to finalize, was significantly more painful than she initially portrayed. This candid conversation held with Zane Lowe on Apple Music paints a vivid picture of the emotional battles Clarkson waged behind the scenes.

Having been married to Blackstock for close to seven years, Clarkson’s decision to part ways in 2020 was not an easy one. The “Stronger” singer, known for her resilience, poignantly admitted that she faced the grueling process less than gracefully, spending much time weeping alone in private.

Clarkson shared how the divorce’s emotional toll was exacerbated by certain habits she had adopted over the years, many of which she described as unhealthy and unhelpful during the transition period. Some of these tendencies, she expressed, stemmed from her religious background that often taught her to prioritize others’ needs above her own—a lesson she realized may not always serve one well in a relationship.

The dispute, ending in March 2022, was marked by intense legal battles over child custody and properties. Despite being ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in monthly spousal and child support, and Blackstock’s legal fees which amounted to $1.25 million, Clarkson was ultimately granted primary custody of their two children and retained the Montana ranch.

These struggles and life lessons have deeply influenced Clarkson, as she reveals through her music. Her newest album, “Chemistry,” reflects her journey through the highs and lows of her relationship with Blackstock, providing fans with an insight into her personal struggles and growth.




  1. Rosie46

    June 24, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds like a grifter. What does he need that much for?

  2. Stephen

    June 24, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    If she has primary custody of the children I would think she would receive child support form her ex. I do not understand why her ex deserves to receive a huge amount of money in monthly spousal support. Isn’t he capable of supporting himself especially when he does not have custody of their children? I also think that both of them are at fault for the failure of this marriage. If Kelly Clarkson was solely responsible for this divorce she would not likely have been granted primary custody. $1.25 million in legal fees sound very steep and if Blackstock can afford to pay it he should not need $200,000 per month in spousal and child support.

  3. Happy Warrior

    June 25, 2023 at 8:39 am

    Has she really got that kind of money? I’m shocked!

  4. Marlopi

    June 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    What does Blackstone pay? She has custody, he should be paying her or be grateful he doesn’t have to pay. Has he contributed monetarily to the entire marriage???? What a dog!

  5. brooke

    June 26, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    What state did she get divorced in? Spousal support?

  6. Policestate

    June 27, 2023 at 1:41 am

    $200’000.00 per month= $2.5 million a year. The President of the USA Only gets paid $400.000.00 per year. So what is Blackstocks lifestyle that he needs this much in spousal support. He is a music manager with a good client list so must be making a good deal from that. Yes Kelly is successful and he is just a leach attached to her income.

  7. Lee

    December 1, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    The article wording sounds like he got at least part time custody of the kids during the divorce proceedings. Still $200K a month is just inexplicable. If he is such a no load she and the kids are definitly better of with him gone.

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