Kelly Clarkson got bad news from a federal judge this week when she was ordered to pay $200,000 per month in support to her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.
Court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight show that Clarkson will need to pay Blackstock $150,000 per month in spousal support as well as $45,601 in child support. The judge also ruled that Clarkson must pay $1.25 million for Blackstock’s attorney fees, as well as for costs for their ongoing divorce.
While this is certainly bad news for Clarkson, it is also less than half of what Blackstock requested. In December of last year, Blackstock filed papers in court demanding $436,000 a month, made up of $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 for child support, as well as $2 million in attorney fees.
Clarkson filed for divorce from Blackstock in June of last year after seven years of marriage and two children together. She admitted earlier this year that co-parenting with Blackstock has been “tough.”
“It’s tough. … I know with me and Brandon, it’s just a difficult thing because we’re in different places, and it’s like, we both agree on the main things, but it’s a hard thing when you’re not together all the time, for me personally,” she said. “As long as you make sure it’s about the children and their best interests, then we’re both on board.”
While Clarkson has said that she has written sixty songs throughout her divorce process, she also said that they may never be released.
“I have this record that we’re working on. It’s really great and really honest,” Clarkson said. “There’s just a lot of questions that I have to answer before releasing it for myself, you know? Whether that be business-wise or personally or whatever. Whatever happens though, it is such a gift. Like, I don’t know how anybody, I’ll just be real with you, goes through grief like divorce, any kind of grief, any kind of loss, without having an outlet like this.”
“I have written like 60 songs, it is an insane amount of getting it out. I think that’s a blessing in itself,” she continued. “Anytime you go through some life, it’s such an awesome thing to have that outlet, regardless of whether people hear it or not.”