KELLY Clarkson opens up about how she got through a nasty divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.
Kelly, 40, and Brandon, 45, separated after seven years of marriage in June 2020 and have a seven-year-old daughter, River, and a six-year-old son, Remington.
On Monday’s The Kelly Clarkson Show, the host sat down with fellow members of The Chicks to discuss the band’s upcoming tour.
During the interview, Kelly asked the Chicks, Natalie Maines, Marty Maguire and Emily Strayer about their songwriting prowess and “how difficult it is”. [it] write so openly and honestly while navigating [their] children” and their loved ones.
Emily replied, “There is no way around this. When you’re wrong, it doesn’t work. You must be real.”
She continues, “The more specific you are, the more universal it is for other people.”
Kelly then candidly states, “We’ve all been through divorces. How did each of you find strength in yourself?
The voice coach quickly adds, “And not just the music. I think it’s therapeutic, but it’s like your female friendship. I feel like it really helped me.”
Marty replies, “I remember when [Natalie] first came to the studio and said: “Guys, I just want to tell you that I’m getting a divorce.”
Natalie jokes, “What time was that?” and the other three laugh.
“First,” Marty chuckles, then continues, “I remember thinking, I’m getting a divorce, now she says she’s getting a divorce, now I can’t say I’m getting a divorce.”
Natalie chimes in: “So I’m getting a divorce as guys, and Marty says, ‘I have a terrible marriage.'”
The lead singer then lovingly adds, “We were divorced buddies.”
LEAVE DIXY BEHIND
In 2020, the Dixie Chicks decided to change their group name to The Chicks.
The longtime musicians also made sure to showcase their latest band’s name on the cover of their Gaslighter album.
Them Official site a few words about the decision.
It said: “We want to meet this moment.”
At the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, the group faced enormous pressure to change their name.
Clarkson filed for divorce in Los Angeles on June 4, 2020, citing “irreconcilable differences” and the proceedings were not easy.
During a nasty breakup, the talk show host was given custody of their two children.
Clarkson met her music manager and ex-husband backstage at a rehearsal for the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards.
The couple got engaged in December 2012 and married a year later at a luxurious Tennessee estate.
On March 8, 2022, it was reported that Clarkson and Blackstock had reached a divorce settlement that included a custody and support agreement between them.
LIFE IN THE WASTE
Clarkson admitted she “didn’t foresee” her divorce at her show’s 2020 season premiere.
“[It] made a lot of changes in my personal life. Certainly nothing was foreseen of what came.”
“But what I’m dealing with is hard because it’s not just about my heart. It touches a lot of little hearts.”
“You know we have four kids and divorce is never easy and we’re both from divorced families so we know the best thing here is to protect our kids and their little hearts.”
Kelly has also been candid about her divorce. Sunday today with Willie Geist, claiming her life was a “garbage dump”.
The Miss Independent singer said: “I mean, it’s not a secret. My life has been like a garbage can.
“Personally, I had a bit of a hard time with the last couple [of] months.”
“I talked to friends who were going through a divorce.
“I don’t know how people go through this without some sort of outlet because it’s the worst thing ever for everyone involved.”
Kelly’s ex, Brandon Blackstock, demanded $5.2 million a year in spousal support.
This was announced by a source close to the former couple. PEOPLE that Brandon was seeking $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support.
A source said: “Brandon was equally unfounded in his requests for child and spouse support and attorney fees.
“Kelly has offered to pay for all child support costs, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support per month.”
If Bandon’s request had been approved, he would have received over $5.2 million a year.
According to Us weekly“The two reached an agreement in March after nearly two years. Clarkson agreed to pay $45,601 a month in child support until River and Remington were 18, graduated from high school, or were otherwise self-reliant. She was also ordered to pay her ex-husband/wife support of $115,000 per month until January 2024, in addition to a one-time tax-free contribution of $1,326,161.”
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