Brandon Blackstock is a music manager, amateur pilot, and the CEO of Starstruck Management Company, an outfit he co-owns with his father. He has two children from his marriage with Kelly Clarkson (River Rose Blackstock, Remington Alexander Blackstock) and two from his first marriage with Melissa Ashworth (Savannah Blackstock, Seth Blackstock), making it a total of four children.
Hollywood is notorious for failed marriages, that’s a fact as hard as the reality of Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock becoming part of the statistics. The couple met in 2006, got married in 2013, and had two kids together. It all came crashing in 2020 when Clarkson filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. All through the years they were married and even since they divorced, Blackstock is mostly known for his relationship with Clarkson but as you would soon learn, there is more to who he is than that.
The 45-Year-Old Was Born and Raised In Fort Worth, Texas
Brandon Blackstock was born on the 16th of December 1976, which means he is over five years older than his ex-wife, Kelly Clarkson, who is 40 years old; she was born on the 24th of April 1982. Kelly is of Greek, Welsh, German, English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Such background information about her ex-husband is not readily available. Nonetheless, we can confirm that like the famous singer, he was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born into the family of Narvel Wayne Blackstock and Elisa Gayle Ritter. Although much is yet to be learned about his mother, his father Narvel Blackstock is a producer and talent manager. He got married to Brandon’s mother Elisa in March 1973 and in March 1988, they got divorced. While the union lasted, they had three kids together, including Brandon. This means that Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband has two siblings: an older sister named Shawna Rene Blackstock and a younger sister named Chassidy Celeste Blackstock.
Apart from Shawna and Chassidy, he also has a half-brother named Shelby Blackstock. Before his parents’ marriage ended in 1988, his father was already romantically involved with Reba Nell McEntire, an American country music singer cum actress. They got married in 1989 and the union saw the birth of Shelby Blackstock on the 23rd of February 1990 before they divorced in October 2015. This is why Reba is known in some quarters as the stepmom of Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband.
Brandon Blackstock Is a Music Manager and Producer
Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband, like his father Narvel Blackstock, also works in the music industry as a talent manager. He probably has other prominent entertainers that he currently manages but the most popular client of the Nashville-based talent manager is Blake Shelton. Shelton is arguably the most successful country music singer of his time. He has sold over 10 million records across the globe and has bagged awards that are simply too many to count. Keeping that in mind, it wouldn’t be out of place to conclude that Brandon Blackstock is a big shot in the field.
According to several reports, Shelton played a significant role in Blackstock and Clarkson’s relationship. It is said that he nudged Brandon to propose and get married to Kelly. Apart from Blake Shelton, Brandon has worked with other prominent artists, including the defunct country music band, Rascal Flatts. The music manager has also worked in other capacities in the entertainment industry. He has executed the production of 68 episodes of the TV series, The Kelly Clarkson Show — a variety talk show hosted by his ex-wife Kelly Clarkson.
Brandon Blackstock Met Kelly Clarkson In 2006 But Started Dating Her In 2012 After He Divorced His First Wife
Before Brandon Blackstock came along, Kelly Clarkson often wondered if she was asexual as she had not experienced any significant attraction to anyone. This changed when she met Brandon Blackstock during a rehearsal for her duet performance with the Rascal Flatts at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2006. Brandon was the tour manager of the Rascal Flatts at the time and his father was Kelly’s manager.
Recalling the first time they met in a 2013 interview with People, the famous singer related that although she didn’t get to speak with Brandon the first time they met, she was instantly taken to him. She recalled thinking she would end up with him when he walked in and made everyone laugh. It was love at first sight for Kelly but she couldn’t act on her feelings because Blackstock was married to his first wife at that time.
Who Was Brandon Blackstone’s First Wife?
Before Brandon Blackstock showed up, Kelly Clarkson had been romantically linked to Ryan Key and Graham Colton. Nonetheless, Brandon is the only man she has ever been married to; he is her first husband. The case is different for Blackstock who parted ways with his first wife before he got involved with Clarkson.
The first wife of Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband was Melissa Ashworth and she was born on the 29th of July 1974. The 47 years old once worked as a secretary and her current career revolves around the equestrian sport.
Blackstock and Ashworth got married sometime in 2001. Just after they attained a decade in marriage, the differences they were having became so complex that they backed out of the marriage in 2012. They had two kids before their marriage packed up and Brandon began dating Kelly the same year they finalized their divorce.
Melissa has long moved on with her life. Reports have it that she got married to a martial art instructor named Chris White in 2014. The marriage ended in 2016 and in 2019, she got married a third time to Jack Midkiff, a pastor at High Praises Church in Maryville, Tennessee.
Brandon and Kelly Reconnected In 2012 and Dated for About a Year Before They Got Married
I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock 🙂 We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever! pic.twitter.com/vYYqopBAcr
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) October 21, 2013
While some reports have claimed that the former couple began dating in 2011, the popular story has it that they were reintroduced to each other through Brandon’s father during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Kelly confirmed this narrative several times. In a 2012 interview, she disclosed that she had known Brandon for six years but had nothing with him as he was married. With that, she acknowledged that their relationship began when they met in 2012 at the Super Bowl and he was single.
Kelly, who performed the national anthem at the event, divulged in another interview that she was nervous because she wanted to impress Brandon. Although Brandon thought Kelly hated him, he soon learned that it wasn’t the case. So on the 11th of February 2012, the day Whitney Houston died, they had their first date and officially became a couple. Things happened quickly for the two as they started living together several months later and got engaged in December of that same year.
It didn’t take them long to walk down the aisle. After months of speculations about their wedding plans, the singer disclosed online through her social media pages on the 21st of October 2013 that she had officially become Mrs. Blackstock. They got married the previous day at Blackberry Farm, a luxury resort in Walland, Tennessee.
What Did Brandon Blackstock Get From His Divorce from Kelly Clarkson?
As it is with every other marriage, Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson union had them struggle with several differences that compounded when the Covid-19 lockdown forced them to spend more time together. In June 2020, the popular singer decided to opt out of the marriage and filed for a divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. This had the two engage in an acrimonious dispute over custody of their kids and the distribution of their wealth.
Although their divorce was finalized on the 3rd of August 2021, it seems they still have a few issues to sort out in court. After Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce, Brandon filed legal documents asking for $436,000 per month: $135,000 in child support and $301,000 in spousal support. He also asked for $2 million in attorney’s fees and joint custody of the two kids he had with Kelly.
Even though they signed a prenup before they got married, a Los Angeles County Judge determined that Kelly would be paying Brandon $150,000 per month in spousal support and $45,601 in child supports. This means Blackstock gets a total of $195,601 every month from his ex-wife. They were granted joint physical custody of their kids but Kelly gets more time with them and also kept all the properties she acquired during their marriage.
Is He Still Kelly Clarkson’s Manager?
Brandon Blackstock’s father Narvel Blackstock has always been known as Kelly Clarkson’s manager. It seems his son Brandon got involved along the way and began representing the “Stronger” singer as well. This is no longer so. After Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon, they got embroiled in a legal battle that amongst other things, indicated that Brandon no longer represents the three-time Grammy winner.
Court documents disclosed in late 2020 that Kelly was contending for Brandon and his father to return all the money she paid them as her representatives. She claimed that Brandon operated illegally as her manager for years and was never a legally certified talent agent.
In the petition she filed with the California Labor Commission in October 2020, Clarkson disclosed that she had been with the Blackstocks’ company called Starstruck Management Group for 13 years. The petition was filed in a bid to halt a lawsuit from Starstruck Management Group. The company had filed a lawsuit against Kelly Clarkson in September 2020, alleging that the singer owes it $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. Starstruck claimed that the commissions were for Kelly’s work on The Voice and variety talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. Since that year, Brandon has ceased to function as the executive producer of the show.
Based on the foregoing, it is clear that Brandon Blackstock no longer represents his ex-wife. In fact, reports have it that his days as a talent manager are over. If all that has been reported are true, his most notable client Blake Shelton has also cut ties with him. Blake and Kelly had grown closer to each other over the years, so much that it is believed that he has taken side with Kelly since she got embroiled in a legal battle with her estranged husband. We gathered that Blackstock has now embraced a career as a rancher in Montana. He now does this full-time and intends to start sponsoring rodeos on the ranch in the nearest future. Moreso, the man is a pilot.
The Music Manager Is a Father of Four
The Blackstock-Clarkson union produced two kids: a son and a daughter respectively named Remington “Remy” Alexander and River Rose. Less than a year into their marriage, on the 12th of June 2014, they welcomed River. And then about two years later, Remy joined the family: he was born on the 12th of April 2016.
As discussed earlier, Kelly wasn’t the first wife of Brandon Blackstock. Before her, he was married to Melissa Ashworth with whom he had two kids as well. First, they had a daughter named Savannah Blackstock on the 7th of June 2002, then her younger brother named Seth Blackstock joined the family on the 21st of November 2006.
In all, Brandon has a total of four kids. His oldest child Savannah is 19 years old whereas the youngest Remy is 6. Seth, his oldest son is 15 and his second daughter River is 7. Since his second marriage packed up, he has not been romantically linked to anyone. This is also the case for his ex-wife, Kelly Clarkson.
How Many Kids Does Brandon Blackstock Have?
Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson have two children together, six-year-old daughter River Rose and four-year-old son, Remington Alexander. After the former couple wed, Kelly also became a devoted stepmom to Brandon’s two older children, Savannah and Seth Blackstock. So in total Brandon Blackstock has four children
What is Brandon Blackstock’s Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Brandon Blackstock’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million