Despite having to pay a large sum of $150,000 a month in spousal support and $45,000 in child support, Kelly Clarkson will not have to pay a single dime for her soon-to-be ex-husband Brandon Blackstock’s $81,000/month ranch, thanks to a new ruling in her divorce.
According to court documents, the singer, 39, wanted to sell Montana ranch which the former couple shared during their marriage saying it was a “financial burden,” but her estranged husband, 44, plans to use it for his new career as a rodeo manager.
During the pair’s divorce hearings in February and March, Blackstock testified that he plans to leave the entertainment industry to become a full-time rancher, sharing that he spends “minimal time” managing his one remaining client, Blake Shelton.
“The evidence in this case shows that after the date of Separation, Respondent made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time,” the judge wrote in court documents filed on Friday, August 6.
“He testified that he is not devoting any effort toward expanding his client list and music management business. … Respondent has made a very deliberate choice, that he testified he planned for a long time, to significantly change his lifestyle from primarily working in the music and entertainment industry to working in an agriculture community and lifestyle involved in full-time ranch and cattle work.”
It was found out in court that the cost of maintaining the ranch is $81,000 a month but Clarkson’s request to sell the property was denied. However, the judge ordered that the music manager will carry that burden. He’s the one living there and using it as a primary residence. He requested an order to include that he will pay the maintenance costs. If he fails to do so, then the “stronger’ singer can file another motion to sell the ranch.
The court also revealed that Blackstock was earning around $10k a month, while Clarkson was bringing home around $1.5M a month.
When it comes to their two children River, 7, and Remington, 5, Kelly will also be responsible for 70 percent of their private school tuition and related expenses.