For about a year and a half, Kelly Clarkson has been doing everything in her power to get rid of her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock. Their divorce hasn’t yet been finalized, but a judge awarded her with the distinction of being able to say she’s legally single. And, she’s been trying to evict Brandon from the ranch they shared in Montana. But no matter how much she sang, “Breeeeaaaakaway from my ranch“, it wasn’t working, and Brandon stayed put. After a ton of fighting over their place in Montana, it looks like Kelly and Brandon have finally come to an agreement, even if it means Kelly has to fork over 5% ownership of the ranch.
The ranch in Montana is where Kelly, Brandon, and their two kids River and Remington, were self-isolating at the beginning of the pandemic. It was a small cabin that allegedly helped contribute to the crumbling nature of their not-in-great-shape marriage. A place with so many Marriage Story vibes might be the first thing some people would sell right after taking their wedding ring to the pawnshop, but not Kelly, who really wanted to keep it. A judge determined that the ranch was the rightful property of Kelly alone, which was dictated by the conditions in their prenup agreement (the prenup stated that Kelly could leave with anything she purchased with money she and she alone earned). Kelly owned the ranch, but Brandon basically became her tenant. When Kelly moved back to Los Angeles to work on her show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Brandon remained in Montana at the ranch, claimed it was his primary residence, and that the ranch should be considered “marital property.”
Brandon also cried poor me when he claimed that he couldn’t move out and had no money to buy a new place, effectively leaving him (allegedly) stuck at the ranch. A judge sided with Brandon and Kelly was not able to evict him from the property. But today, things are looking up for both of them. via People:
In new court documents filed in Los Angeles on Thursday and obtained by PEOPLE, the “Stronger” singer, 39, agreed to give the talent manager, 45, 5.12% percent of the property, equaling $908,800 of its total $17,750,000 value.
The documents also made clear that Blackstock does not have any ownership interest in the property adjoining the ranch that Clarkson solely owns.
This also means that if Kelly decides to sell the property, Brandon will make a tidy 5.12% of the sale price. Or, if he wants to leave, Kelly can buy him out. But what if Brandon wants to stay living on the property still? Can he argue which 5% of the property is his? That could get really messy. Because you know Brandon is going to claim that their cramped little one-room cabin only takes up 5% of the acreage, and therefore he can remain crashing on what is technically Kelly’s couch. And Kelly will respond by pulling out a topographical map and blueprints, circle a crappy little rain runoff swamp overrun with mosquitos and leeches, and say, “I’m pretty sure this is your 5% here. Better get to REI and grab a tent and some bug spray. Out of the generosity of my heart and my 94.88% ownership, I’ll build an outhouse close by.”