Kelly Clarkson gives a surprise performance at Blake Shelton’s concert… amid bitter divorce battle


Kelly Clarkson continued to celebrate with her friends following her recent court victory in her ongoing divorce battle with ex Brandon Blackstock.

The 39-year-old songstress attended a Blake Shelton concert in Denver, Colorado on Friday and took the stage to perform a duet with her fellow The Voice judge.

‘Get it @blakeshelton we are LIVIN’ OUR BEST LIVES!!! THANK YOU ❤️❤️❤️,’ Kelly wrote in the caption of a photo in which she was seen along with two girlfriends at the show.

Good times: Kelly Clarkson continued to celebrate with her friends at a Blake Shelton concert on Friday following her recent court victory in her ongoing divorce battle with ex Brandon Blackstock

The Since U Been Gone hitmaker was beaming as she posed with her friends for a selfie during the concert.

On August 18, Blake, 45, launched his Friends and Heroes Tour, in Omaha, Nebraska. Country music artists Tracy Byrd, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, and Lindsay Ell joined the God’s Country singer for the tour which will conclude on October 22 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

During the concert, Kelly posted a photo of Byrd on stage, writing, ‘Tracy Byrd YEEEESSSSSSS #ImFromTheCountry ❤️❤️❤️.’

In May, Clarkson and her band Y’All performed a cover of Tracy’s hit The Keeper of the Stars on The Kelly Clarkson show.

Excited: During the concert, Kelly posted a photo of Tracy Byrd on stage, writing, 'Tracy Byrd YEEEESSSSSSS #ImFromTheCountry ❤️❤️❤️.'

Excited: During the concert, Kelly posted a photo of Tracy Byrd on stage, writing, ‘Tracy Byrd YEEEESSSSSSS #ImFromTheCountry ❤️❤️❤️.’

Clarkson also shared an image of Shelton performing, with the caption: ‘@blakeshelton is KILLIN’ IT tonight in Denver!!! I’ll give him this #PrinceOfCountry ❤️ His setlist is INCREDIBLE!!’

The talk show host added a smiley face with its tongue sticking out emoji. Last week, Kelly went to a George Strait concert with her two girlfriends during a trip to Vegas, deeming him ‘the True King of country music’  in an Instagram post.

She tagged Blake in the post, taking a playful dig at her friend. Clarkson went on to add another photo from the concert, referring to Strait as the ‘GOAT.’ 

Supportive: Clarkson also shared an image of Shelton performing, with the caption: '@blakeshelton is KILLIN' IT tonight in Denver!!! I'll give him this #PrinceOfCountry ❤️ His setlist is INCREDIBLE!!'

Supportive: Clarkson also shared an image of Shelton performing, with the caption: ‘@blakeshelton is KILLIN’ IT tonight in Denver!!! I’ll give him this #PrinceOfCountry ❤️ His setlist is INCREDIBLE!!’

Close: Kelly took to her Instagram Story ahead of the concert to plug Blake's performance. She wrote, 'Seein' my brother from another mother tonight y'all!!

Close: Kelly took to her Instagram Story ahead of the concert to plug Blake’s performance. She wrote, ‘Seein’ my brother from another mother tonight y’all!!

However, Kelly took to her Instagram Story ahead of the concert to plug Blake’s performance. She wrote, ‘Seein’ my brother from another mother tonight y’all!!

‘@blake shelton is bringing the honky tonk to Denver!! MAMA. IS. Here. For. The. Party #FriendsAndHeroes tour!!’

Clarkson also delighted fans by taking the stage for a surprise duet with Blake. The two performed Shelton’s hit song Lonely Tonight which peaked at #1 on the Billboard country music chart in 2014.

Rocking out: Clarkson also delighted fans by taking the stage for a surprise duet with Blake

Rocking out: Clarkson also delighted fans by taking the stage for a surprise duet with Blake

Last week, RadarOnline reported that Shelton had fired his longtime manager Blackstock, 44, in the midst of his divorce from Kelly.

Sources told the outlet that Blake ‘was terminating their management agreement and would be finding new representation.’

During court proceedings, Brandon said he was seeking spousal support since he had quit the entertainment industry and planned to work full-time as a rancher in Montana.

Taking sides: Last week, RadarOnline reported that Shelton had fired his longtime manager Blackstock in the midst of his divorce from Kelly. Seen in 2020

Taking sides: Last week, RadarOnline reported that Shelton had fired his longtime manager Blackstock in the midst of his divorce from Kelly. Seen in 2020

According to the court order, Blackstock stated that he ‘made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time. Respondent testified that he works full-time on the ranch and his future plans involve sponsoring rodeos on the ranch and working full-time as a rancher. He testified that he is not devoting any effort towards expanding his client list and music management business.’   

The judge overseeing the case said, ‘He further testified that he spends a minimal amount of time regarding his representation of his remaining client.’ 

Meanwhile,  TMZ  reported last week that Kelly – who is said to be worth over £32million ($45million USD) – wants to go ‘full steam ahead’ in selling the Montana ranch which she owns.

Sources tell the outlet that Clarkson’s attorney, famed divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, previously asked the judge for permission to sell the property, to which Blackstock’s lawyers objected, with no ruling on the prenuptial agreement at the time. 

Moving on: Kelly reportedly wants to go 'full steam ahead' in selling her Montana ranch  that Blackstock STILL lives in - after a judge UPHELD their prenup on amid their bitter divorce battle

Moving on: Kelly reportedly wants to go ‘full steam ahead’ in selling her Montana ranch  that Blackstock STILL lives in – after a judge UPHELD their prenup on amid their bitter divorce battle 

With Blackstock still living in the property, TMZ suggests Clarkson’s lawyers would have to file court documents to determine conditions in which the ranch could be sold.

MailOnline has reached out to Clarkson’s representatives for comment. 

Clarkson celebrated alongside Shelton and fellow coach Ariana Grande after learning that a judge upheld the prenuptial agreement in her battle with Blackstock.

Reports: Sources told TMZ on Saturday that Clarkson's attorney, Laura Wasser, previously asked the judge for permission to sell the property, to which Blackstock's lawyers objected, with no ruling on the prenuptial agreement at the time. Pictured with Blackstock in 2018

Reports: Sources told TMZ on Saturday that Clarkson’s attorney, Laura Wasser, previously asked the judge for permission to sell the property, to which Blackstock’s lawyers objected, with no ruling on the prenuptial agreement at the time. Pictured with Blackstock in 2018

TMZ reported at the time how Clarkson was on set of The Voice when she ‘let out a scream’ of joy, with Shelton and Grande joining in.

Sources told the outlet that while Clarkson was filming the singing competition, she received an email from her lawyers sharing the good news that her prenup had been kept in place, meaning she will keep the bulk of her assets and income. 

Last month, Clarkson had been temporarily ordered to pay Blackstock nearly $200,000-per-month (£144,000) in spousal and child support. 

The documents also revealed details into Clarkson’s finances, showing that she personally earns over $2.4million (£1.8million) a month.

Reason to celebrate! Clarkson was said to have found out that her prenup with Blackstock will be upheld, while she was filming The Voice on Wednesday

Reason to celebrate! Clarkson was said to have found out that her prenup with Blackstock will be upheld, while she was filming The Voice on Wednesday

TMZ reported that Clarkson will keep the lion’s share of their assets including the Montana ranch where Blackstock is currently residing. 

Blackstock had been contesting the prenup and wanted to split their properties 50/50, in addition to the income that she earned throughout their marriage – but a judge has reportedly stopped his request.  

A judge is said to have agreed with Clarkson’s attorney that the signed prenup had to be taken into account. 

It's over: Per reports, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of their children - River, seven, and Remington, five (pictured above, as well as his elder kids Seth and Savannah)

It’s over: Per reports, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of their children – River, seven, and Remington, five (pictured above, as well as his elder kids Seth and Savannah)

Clarkson has the right to sell the Montana ranch as she is the one who purchased it, according to the report. 

The ex couple’s divorce has been ‘bifurcated’ meaning the end of the marriage has officially been declared. 

Per the report, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of their minor children – River, seven, and Remington, five.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Clarkson would pay 70 per cent of her children’s school fees and expenses but had refused to pay for the Montana ranch.  

The judge had ordered that Blackstock carry the financial burden of his Montana ranch, that costs around $81,000 (£58,000) a month to run in expenses.

Cause for celebration: Shelton and Grande are said to have celebrated Kelly's legal win backstage on The Voice according to a report (John Legend also pictured)

Cause for celebration: Shelton and Grande are said to have celebrated Kelly’s legal win backstage on The Voice according to a report (John Legend also pictured) 

Blackstock is currently living at the ranch, and is using it as his primary residence. 

Court documents obtained by TMZ confirm Clarkson will continue to pay Blackstock $150,000 (£108,000) per month whilst the divorce case continues in court as well as $45,000 (£32,000) in child support. 

The permanent specifics of any spousal support is still unclear. 

The singer has sold a staggering 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide in her career, and currently has her own hit talk show. 

Kiss off: Earlier this month Clarkson asked for the courts to legally declare her single, over one year after she initially filed for divorce in June 2020 (pictured in 2018)

Kiss off: Earlier this month Clarkson asked for the courts to legally declare her single, over one year after she initially filed for divorce in June 2020 (pictured in 2018) 

Clarkson first began dating Blackstock – a country music manager – back in 2011 and married him in 2013. 

Blackstock also shares his 13-year-old son Seth and 17-year-old daughter Savannah with his ex-wife Melissa Ashworth. 

The Piece By Piece hitmaker had sparked speculation last year that she and Blackstock could have been set to have a third child, as she confessed she had ‘baby fever’ after chatting to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. 

During their chat, in which Gordon’s 13-month-old son Oscar appeared, Clarkson said: ‘Oh my gosh! Do not do this to me. I so want another child, and my husband is like, ‘No! We have four!’

‘You get baby fever when you see them and you’re like, ‘Oh, I miss the chubby little legs and the little face.’ 

Fame: Clarkson has sold a staggering 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide in her career, and currently has her own hit talk show

Fame: Clarkson has sold a staggering 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide in her career, and currently has her own hit talk show 



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