Brandon Blackstock (L) and Kelly Clarkson attend the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Kelly Clarkson Finalizes Divorce, Will Pay Ex Brandon Blackstock $1.3 Million and Monthly Spousal Support

Kelly Clarkson has finalized her divorce from Brandon Blackstock, PEOPLE reports.

The singer and talk show host will pay her ex husband a one time payment of over $1.3 million. She'll also pay a monthly child support payment of $45,601, according to reports obtained by The Blast.

The couple will have joint custody of their two children, River Rose and Remington Alexander. (In 2020, PEOPLE reported that a Los Angeles county judge ruled that Clarkson will have primary physical custody of the children.)

Clarkson will also pay Blackstock $115,000 a month until Jan. 31, 2024.

PEOPLE reports that Clarkson will get ownership of both of the couple's Montana properties. Blackstock will pay Clarkson $2,000 a month while he stays there until June.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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Clarkson's new monthly payments are lower than the amount she was previously ordered to pay. Last year, a Los Angeles County judge ordered Clarkson to pay Blackstock $150,000 per month in spousal support and $45,601 per month in child support, PEOPLE reports. The amount came to $195,601 a month in total.

A source told people that Blackstock was originally seeking more than double that amount.

In early July of 2021, Clarkson requested to be declared legally divorced from Blackstock.

Clarkson's attorney filed legal documents in Los Angeles court on July 1. In a declaration to the court, Clarkson stated that she and Blackstock "both deserve the opportunity to build a new life."

Last year, Clarkson shared her thoughts on re-marrying on a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. During an interview with actor Gwyneth Paltrow, Clarkson asked Paltrow about marrying Brad Falcuck four years after her divorce from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

"You've been married for two years," Clarkson said. "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?"

Paltrow replied that getting remarried was "Probably the hardest thing I've ever done, and probably allowing myself to learn the lessons that I needed to learn from my divorce and then being able to really kind of do that work on myself and then open myself up again."

Paltrow added words of encouragement to Clarkson.

"You will have it again, Kelly. It just takes time," the Oscar winning actor said.

News broke in June of 2020 that Clarkson had filed for divorce from her husband of nearly seven years. According to documents obtained by The Blastthe singer, talk show host and The Voice coach filed in Los Angeles court on June 4, 2020.

In January of 2021, Clarkson's estranged husband Brandon Blackstock denied Clarkson's claims that he and his father Narvel Blackstock's management company defrauded her out of millions of dollars.

Clarkson filed a fraud claim against Blackstock in October of 2020. According to documents obtained by Us Weekly, Blackstock filed his own legal documents in November.

In September of 2020, the Blackstocks company Starstruck Management sued Clarkson, claiming they are owed $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. In a countersuit, Clarkson alleges that Blackstock defrauded her by overcharging her over the years. Vanity Fair reports Clarkson also claimed she should be compensated for "unconscionable fees" she paid for "illegal services" to the management company from 2007 to 2020 because the company was unlicensed in the state of California, a violation of the California Labor Code.

Blackstock's attorney argued that Brandon Blackstock and his father aren't subject to the Talent Agencies Act because they did not perform services in California.

In the documents filed, Blackstock denies Clarkson's claims, adding that Clarkson isn't entitled to any of the money that he, his father or the managment company earned while working with Clarkson.

"The Court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody," the court document read.

The documented added that "the level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them."

Clarkson remained silent on the news of her divorce until a Sept. 11, 2020 interview with Today's Willie Geist. In short, Clarkson shared that if we want vague details about the divorce, check out her next album.

"This next record, this will probably be the most personal one I've ever released. And the whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now or where it is now, and it's been very therapeutic for me," Clarkson said.  "There's one that my kids sing in the car...and I'm just, like, 'This is weird.' Like, it's your relationship. I've never written about my life to where my kids are, like, singing along."

In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, Clarkson explained why she's not likely to sling mud in song or to the press.

"But my children and his older children—there are a lot of little hearts involved in this and while people feel, 'Oh my gosh, what a loss ...' imagine how it is in the epicenter of the storm," she said. "It's a lot to process and deal with, just as a family. So because it's not just me, I probably won't go too deep with it."

The couple married in 2013.

Clarkson first met Blackstock in 2006. Brandon's dad, Narvel Blackstock, was her manager at the time. When she was rehearsing backstage for the 2006 Academy of Country Music awards, she had a brief interaction with Blackstock. He was managing Rascal Flatts, who Clarkson was singing a duet with that night.

At the time, Blackstock was married to Melissa Ashworth, with whom he has two children. In 2012, Clarkson and Blackstock reconnected at the Super Bowl, where Clarkson was performing "The National Anthem." The following year, the couple married at Tennessee's Blackberry Farms.

Brandon Blackstock's father Narvel Blackstock is the ex-husband of Reba McEntire, a close friend and frequent collaborator of Clarkson's.

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