The singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson scored a huge victory in court this week amidst her bitter divorce from Brandon Blackstock when a judge upheld her prenup.
Sources told TMZ that Clarkson was on the set of “The Voice” when she heard the news, and that she “let out a scream” when she found out the judge’s ruling. She then celebrated with her fellow judges, including Ariana Grande.
Blackstock had been fighting the prenup in the hopes of splitting their accumulated properties, including the Montana ranch where is currently living, along with the income she earned during their marriage. Clarkson’s lawyer Laura Wasser argued that there has to be accountability when someone signs a contract like a prenup, and the judge ultimately agreed with her.
Clarkson, who bought the ranch, will now have the right to sell it. This will be a major blow to Blackstock, who had testified earlier this month that he wanted to leave his life as a music manager behind to become a full-time rancher.
“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,” the judge wrote in documents last week, according to US Weekly.
Clarkson filed for divorce from Blackstock in June of last year after seven years of marriage and two children together. Sources close to her say that she is ready to move on romantically as soon as her divorce is finalized.
“She hasn’t been dating and has been waiting until she is legally divorced, which will be in the next two weeks,” a source said earlier this month. “She wants a younger, up-and-coming country singer [who] understands the business.”
Clarkson 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.”