KEY POINTS

  • Kelly Clarkson wanted to sell the Montana ranch she shared with ex Brandon Blackstock, court docs reveal
  • He reportedly wants to keep the property because he plans to become a full-time rodeo manager
  • Clarkson's estranged husband will pay the ranch's maintenance costs, which could run up to $81,000 per month

Kelly Clarkson and her estranged husband Brandon Blackstock's divorce battle is still ongoing, and one sticking point the former couple has to iron out is the Montana ranch they shared during their marriage.

According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Clarkson, 39, wanted to sell the property because it was a "financial burden" for her. However, her 44-year-old ex reportedly didn't agree to the sale because he plans to use it for his new career as a rodeo manager.

Blackstock said during hearings in February and March that he is planning to work as a rancher full-time, the documents said. He claimed he wants to leave the entertainment industry soon as he spends "minimal time" managing his one remaining client, Blake Shelton.

"The evidence in this case shows that after the date of Separation, Respondent made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time," the judge wrote in the court documents filed Friday.

The judge continued, "He testified that he is not devoting any effort toward expanding his client list and music management business. … 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."

Costs of maintaining the Montana ranch run upwards of $81,000 per month, the court found. However, the "American Idol" Season 1 winner's request to sell was denied.

Blackstock, who is living and working there, requested an order to include that he will be responsible for paying the ranch's expenses. Clarkson will be allowed to file another motion to sell the property if he is unable to pay for the maintenance costs.

Last year, the "Voice" coach spoke about how much she loved being on the ranch.

"It’s nice to get into nature. As a society, we don’t do it enough," Clarkson said in a digital episode of her show. "We’re always working constantly, so it’s nice to just come out here and sit by the stream and hear the water flowing and be around all the trees. I just love the sound of just nature and not cars and not people on top of each other."

Clarkson and Blackstock, who tied the knot in 2013, announced their split in June 2020. The exes share two kids together — River, 7, and Remington, 5.

Last month, a Los Angeles County Court judge ordered Clarkson to pay her estranged husband $150,000 in spousal support and $45,601 in child support per month starting April. Clarkson's monthly payments to Blackstock total $195,601, which is approximately $2.34 million in a year.

Clarkson filed a motion in July for a separate trial to terminate her marital status and be declared single amid their ongoing divorce. If her petition is granted, the "Because of You" hitmaker will be considered single while the divorce proceedings continue.

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