Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband Brandon Blackstock has left the singer’s ranch in Montana, according to a report.
The 45-year-old music manager had been staying at Clarkson’s ranch in Montana since their split in 2020, but was forced to leave after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled in March that he wouldn’t could stay there only until June 1st.
Blackstock “wanted to fight the order but was eventually talked out of it,” an unnamed source told Us Weekly.
While his departure was something the “Because of You” singer was rooted for, Blackstock “always asks for more and is a constant thorn in his side,” sources told the outlet.
The Montana ranch was a major point of contention throughout the divorce proceedings after filing in June 2020.
Clarkson, 40, wanted to sell the property because she felt it was a “financial burden”, with maintenance costing her more than $81,000 a month. However, her ex-husband opposed the sale, saying he wanted to use the property for his new career as a full-time rancher.
Blackstock said he plans to change careers as he spends “minimal time” managing his remaining client, Blake Shelton. He sought an order that he would be responsible for paying ranch expenses and that Clarkson would be allowed to sell the ranch if he failed to pay the upkeep fees.
In October 2021, Clarkson received the ranch after a judge ruled their prenuptial agreement was valid and would be upheld.
Two months later, Clarkson lost a bid to evict her ex from the property. The Grammy winner agreed in January to give the talent manager 5.12% of the land, or $908,800 of its total value of $17.75 million.
When their divorce was finalized in March, the judge ordered Blackstock to pay Clarkson $12,500 a month in rent until he vacates the property on June 1. until January 2024, according to legal documents obtained by Us Weekly.
The “Kelly Clarkson Show” host is also paying her $45,601 in child support a month. She has primary custody of their two children, daughter River, 8, and son Remy, 6. Blackstock has a weekend with them every month while living in Montana. The custody arrangement will be reassessed if he moves to another state.