Expensive divorces from country music stars like Kelly Clarkson and more

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Perhaps the fact that so many country music songs are ballads about breakups has to do with the fact that many country music stars have had their own problems with marriage. While celebrities, in general, tend to have shorter marriage lengths than the average person, famous breakups not only attract public attention, but they also cost a lot. The country stars on this list have had sometimes messy, sometimes costly divorces, triggered by forces such as infidelity, the stressors of life in the spotlight, exhaustion from touring and sometimes separation.

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While some people have signed prenuptial agreements, those who married before they were famous may not have had the foresight to even consider such an option. As such, some of these stars had to pay hefty divorce damages. Here are some of the most expensive.

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Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock

In 2002, Kelly Clarkson became the first “American Idol” winner and went on to a successful career as a crossover singer, as well as a self-titled television show and a seat at the judges’ table on “The Voice.” Three of his 15 Grammy nominations have come in country categories. The Academy of Country Music presented him with two awards in 2011 for his duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.

In 2013, she married Brandon Blackstock, the stepson of country star Reba McEntire, and they had a daughter the following year and a son in 2016. Clarkson filed for divorce in 2020, and the lengthy process was finalized in March 2022.

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

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Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly

Grammy Award-winning Kacey Musgraves divorced her husband of just 2½ years, Ruston Kelly, in July 2020. According to TMZ, they agreed to sell their home and plan to split any proceeds. Musgraves, who has a net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, was to receive 84.4% of the proceeds, with the balance going to Kelly.

In a 2021 interview with Rolling Stone, Musgraves reflected on their divorce.

“These are two people who love each other so much, but for many reasons it just didn’t work out,” she said. “I mean, seasons change. Our season has changed.”

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Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock

Reba McEntire is more than just a country singer – she’s a country music icon, having sold over 90 million records worldwide during her career. She married her manager of nine years, Narvel Blackstock, in 1989, had a son with him, Shelby. They divorced out of court in 2015. McEntire, who has a net worth of over $95 million, reportedly settled with Blackstock for a staggering $47.5 million.

A joint statement on their separation read: “Although this is the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other. They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so.”

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LeAnn Rimes and Dean Shermet

Singer LeAnn Rimes was just 19 when she married Dean Sheremet, who was 21 at the time, according to Country Fan Cast. They married in 2002 and divorced in 2009 amid a whirlwind of rumors about Rimes’ infidelity with actor Eddie Cibrian, whom she later married in 2011. The singer has a net worth of 10 million million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Although their divorce settlement was private, Us Weekly reported that Sheremet, who initiated the divorce, asked Rimes for spousal support and all attorneys’ fees and costs. They tried to sell their custom-built mansion in 2009 for $7.45 million, but didn’t find a buyer until 2012, selling it for just $4.1 million.

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Both Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have had successful music careers. Lambert has won a record number of Academy of Country Music Awards – 37 – and his net worth is valued at $60 million. Shelton, the chart-topping singer and co-host of the music reality show “The Voice,” is worth $100 million. The couple met in 2005, dated for six years, were married for four years and split in July 2015 amid infidelity rumours. According to Us Weekly, they signed a prenup, though details aren’t public, and planned to split their shared assets. The magazine reported that Lambert took their Nashville property while Shelton got their Oklahoma ranch.

Both have found love again. Lambert married then-New York police officer Brendan McLoughlin in January 2019. He now works on her security team. In July 2021, Shelton married singer Gwen Stefani in a private ceremony at the ranch. The two met in 2014 as co-hosts of “The Voice.”

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Shania Twain and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange

Powerhouse country singer Shania Twain, who has an astonishing net worth of $400 million, married husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange in 1993, just six months after they met. The couple have a son, Eja, and appear to have been married for 14 years. In 2008, Twain discovered that her husband was cheating with her close friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. They divorced in 2010. While their divorce deal was sealed, Lange, a record producer, was already worth an estimated $225 million, so the divorce was unlikely to leave him broke. In 2011, Twain shocked everyone by marrying Thiébaud’s ex-husband, Frédéric.

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Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl

Garth Brooks and his college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl, married in 1986 and divorced in 2000 after 14 years of marriage. They have three daughters together. Brooks reportedly paid Mahl $125 million as part of their divorce. In a 2020 article on celebrity divorces, Marie Claire ranked it the sixth most expensive price. Brooks married country artist Trisha Yearwood in 2005. Together, the couple have a net worth of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Jami Farkas contributed to this article.

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