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Kelly Clarkson’s $200K per month payments to her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock are only ‘temporary’

Kelly Clarkson’s $200,000-per-month payments to Brandon Blackstock are reportedly only a short term form of support until their divorce is finalized.

It was reported this week that Kelly, 39, had been ordered by a judge in her divorce case to pay her ex-husband Brandon $150,000 per month in spousal support, as well as a further $45,601 in child support for their two children: River, six, and Remington, four.

But according to People magazine, that amount is not forever and could be slashed once the divorce proceedings are completed.

Only temporary: Kelly Clarkson, 39, is paying around $200K to her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, 44, but a source tells People the payments will likely be changed once the divorce is finalized

A source told the publication: ‘[The payments are] strictly temporary support until a final settlement is worked out.’

Through the arrangement, Brandon, a music manager, will receive $195,601 in total from Kelly each month, which comes out to roughly $2.4 million per year.

In addition to the spousal support, Kelly is on the hook for child support payments. 

‘[Kelly will also] pay child support to [Brandon] for the benefit of the minor children, River Rose Blackstock, born June 12, 2014, and Remington Alexander Blackstock, born April 12, 2016, in the amount of $45,601 per month,’ the documents state.

Taking their time: A source told the publication: '[The payments are] strictly temporary support until a final settlement is worked out'; seen together in 2018 in NYC

Taking their time: A source told the publication: ‘[The payments are] strictly temporary support until a final settlement is worked out’; seen together in 2018 in NYC

Court filings obtained by The Blast also revealed Brandon has decided to leave his career as a manager in the entertainment business and is deciding to pursue work as a rancher.

Brandon, 44, ‘made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time,’ and his career aspirations include sponsoring rodeos and working the ranch.

Although the American Idol winner’s payments to her ex might seem extreme, they’re only a fraction of her income, as it was revealed in the same documents that she earns over $1.5 million per month. 

Wild west: Court filings obtained by The Blast also revealed Brandon has decided to leave his career as a manager in the entertainment business and is deciding to pursue work as a rancher; seen in January 2020 in Santa Monica

Wild west: Court filings obtained by The Blast also revealed Brandon has decided to leave his career as a manager in the entertainment business and is deciding to pursue work as a rancher; seen in January 2020 in Santa Monica

Her income is padded out by her coaching role on NBC’s singing competition The Voice, from which she earns an impressive $14 million per season.  

The couple also have several real estate holdings, including a $3 million mansion in Tennessee, a $2 million Montana cabin, and an $8.5 million home in Encino, CA.

The former couple are currently in the process of selling the Encinco home for around $9 million, while the Tennessee mansion has been listed for $6.95 million. 

Meanwhile, Kelly filed court documents earlier this month to ask a judge to declare her legally single following her split from Brandon. 

Making bank: Although the American Idol winner's payments to her ex might seem extreme, it was revealed in the same documents that she earns over $1.5 million per month

Making bank: Although the American Idol winner’s payments to her ex might seem extreme, it was revealed in the same documents that she earns over $1.5 million per month

The 39-year-old singer recently told Gwyneth Paltrow that she ‘can’t even imagine’ getting married again, because the pain of her current split is still too fresh.

‘You’ve been married for two years,’ she told the Oscar-winning actress, who is now married to Brad Falchuk after previously tying the knot with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

‘Coming from someone who’s literally amidst a divorce, I can’t even imagine doing it again. So that’s amazing that you found love, and you found the space and the vulnerability — that level to say yes, and do it again. Was that hard for you?’

The Breakaway singer she is enjoying being single at the moment and having the time and space to get to know herself again.

Paltrow replied, ‘I’m actually in that place where I think a lot of people, I’ve heard, that go through divorce, it’s almost like you start dating yourself again, like you actually make time for you again, and I love dating me. I’m actually not looking for it.’

Needs time: The 39-year-old singer recently told Gwyneth Paltrow that she 'can't even imagine' getting married again, because the pain of her current split is still too fresh; seen together in 2013

Needs time: The 39-year-old singer recently told Gwyneth Paltrow that she ‘can’t even imagine’ getting married again, because the pain of her current split is still too fresh; seen together in 2013


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