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Kelly Clarkson’s and Other Country Music Stars’ Expensive Divorces

Perhaps the reason that so many country music songs are breakup ballads is connected to the fact that many country music performers have had marital difficulties. While celebrities have shorter marriages than the general population, renowned breakups attract not just public attention but also hefty financial costs.

Infidelity, the stresses of living life in the limelight, the weariness of traveling, and occasionally simply growing apart sparked the ugly, often costly divorces of the country singers on this list.

While some celebrities signed prenuptial agreements, individuals who married before becoming famous may not have had the forethought to do so. As a result, several of these celebrities were forced to pay out large divorce settlements. Here are a few of the most expensive.

Kelly Clarkson's and Other Country Music Stars' Expensive Divorces

Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson won the first season of “American Idol” in 2002 and has since gone on to have a successful crossover singing career, as well as an eponymous television show and a spot on the “The Voice” judges’ table. Her 15 Grammy nominations include three for country music. In 2011, she received two Academy of Country Music awards for her duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” which topped the Billboard country charts.

She married Brandon Blackstock, Reba McEntire’s stepson, in 2013, and the couple welcomed a daughter the following year and a boy in 2016. Clarkson filed for divorce in 2020, and the lengthy process was finally completed in March 2022.

Clarkson was ordered to pay Blackstock a one-time payment of $1.3 million, $45,601 in monthly child support, and $115,000 in monthly spousal support until January 31, 2024.

Kelly Clarkson's and Other Country Music Stars' Expensive Divorces

Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves

In July 2020, Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves divorced Ruston Kelly, her spouse after barely 2 1/2 years. According to TMZ, the couple decided to sell their home and share the proceeds. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Musgraves, who has a net worth of $10 million, was to get 84.4 percent of the revenues, with the rest going to Kelly.

Musgraves discussed their divorce in a Rolling Stone interview in 2021.

“It’s two people that love one other so much, but it simply didn’t work for so many reasons,” she said. “Seasons change, after all. Our season had shifted.”

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Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire isn’t just a country singer; she’s a country music legend who has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. In 1989, she married her nine-year manager, Narvel Blackstock, and they had one son, Shelby. In 2015, they divorced amicably. McEntire, who has a net worth of over $95 million, reportedly reached a $47.5 million settlement with Blackstock.

Their separation was announced in a joint statement that read: “Despite the fact that their marriage is over, they continue to support one another. They have collaborated for 35 years and will continue to do so in the future.”

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Dean Sheremet and LeAnn Rimes

According to Country Fan Cast, singer LeAnn Rimes was just 19 when she married Dean Sheremet, who was only 21 at the time. They married in 2002 and divorced in 2009 amid accusations that Rimes was having an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian, whom she subsequently married in 2011. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the singer has a net worth of $10 million. Despite the fact that their divorce settlement was kept confidential, Us Weekly said that Sheremet, who filed the divorce, requested spousal maintenance as well as all legal expenses and charges. They attempted to sell their custom-built estate for $7.45 million in 2009, but couldn’t find a buyer until 2012 when they sold it for just $4.1 million.

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have both had excellent careers in music. Lambert has a net worth of $60 million and has won a record amount of Academy of Country Music Awards (37). Shelton is worth $100 million and is a chart-topping musician and co-host of the musical reality program “The Voice.” The pair met in 2005, dated for six years, married for four years, then divorced in July 2015 amid adultery suspicions. According to Us Weekly, they signed a prenuptial agreement, though the details aren’t public, and intended to divide their joint assets. Lambert received their Nashville home, while Shelton got their Oklahoma ranch, according to the magazine.

They both fell in love again. In January 2019, Lambert married Brendan McLoughlin, a New York City cop at the time. He has now joined her security squad. Shelton married singer Gwen Stefani in a private wedding on the estate in July 2021. They met as co-hosts on “The Voice” in 2014.

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Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange and Shania Twain

Shania Twain, a powerful country artist with a net worth of $400 million, married her husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange in 1993, barely six months after they met. The pair has a kid named Eja and has been married for 14 years. Twain discovered her husband was having an affair with Marie-Anne Thiébaud, a close friend, in 2008.

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In 2010, they divorced. Lange, a record producer, was already worth over $225 million when their divorce was finalized, so divorce was unlikely to leave him bankrupt. Twain astonished everyone when he married Thiébaud’s ex-husband, Frederic, in 2011.

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Sandy Mahl and Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks married Sandy Mahl, his college love, in 1986 and divorced in 2000 after 14 years of marriage. They are the parents of three girls. In their divorce settlement, Brooks allegedly paid Mahl $125 million. Marie Claire named the sixth most costly divorce in a 2020 story on celebrity divorces.

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In 2005, Brooks married country singer Trisha Yearwood. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the couple has a combined net worth of $400 million.

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