Perhaps the fact that so many country music stars have had marital difficulties themselves explains why there are so many ballads about breakups in the genre. Even though celebrities generally have shorter marriages than ordinary people, celebrity splits are also expensive and receive a lot of media attention.
The country music musicians on this list have all gone through sometimes tumultuous, sometimes expensive divorces brought on by factors like adultery, the pressures of celebrity life, fatigue from touring, and occasionally plain growing apart.
Although some people entered into prenuptial agreements, individuals who were married before they became well-known might not even consider the possibility. So, some of these celebrities had to make significant divorce settlement payments. Here are a few of the most expensive.
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
Kelly Clarkson, the inaugural “American Idol” winner in 2002, has had a successful crossover singing career, an eponymous television program and a spot on the “The Voice” judges’ panel. Her 15 Grammy nominations include three for country music. She received two honors from the Academy of Country Music in 2011 for her duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” which topped the Billboard country charts.
She wed Reba McEntire’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock, in 2013, and the couple welcomed a daughter and a son into the world in 2014 and 2016, respectively. In March 2022, Clarkson’s protracted divorce process came to an end after she filed for divorce in 2020.
Clarkson was ordered to provide Blackstock a lump sum payment of approximately $1.3 million, $45,601 in child support each month, and $115,000 in spousal support each month until January 31, 2024.
Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly
In July 2020, Grammy Award-winning musician Kacey Musgraves filed for divorce from her husband of just 2 1/2 years, Ruston Kelly. They decided to sell their home and intended to divide the proceeds, according to TMZ.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Musgraves, worth $10 million, was supposed to get 84.4% of the money, with the rest going to Kelly. Musgraves discussed their split with Rolling Stone in a 2021 interview.
She remarked, “It’s two people that love one other so much, but it just didn’t work for many reasons. Well, the seasons do change. Our season was altered.”
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock
Reba McEntire is more than simply a country music performer; throughout her career, she has sold over 90 million records worldwide. In 1989, she wed Narvel Blackstock, her manager of nine years, and they had Shelby. In 2015, they separated amicably. McEntire, whose estimated net worth is above $95 million, allegedly reached a staggering $47.5 million settlement with Blackstock.
Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support one another, according to a joint statement confirming their separation. They have collaborated for 35 years and will do so indefinitely.
LeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet
According to Country Fan Cast, singer LeAnn Rimes married Dean Sheremet when she was just 19 years old and he was just 21. In accusations that actress LeAnn Rimes had an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian, who she later married in 2011, they wed in 2002 and divorced in 2009.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the singer has a $10 million net worth. Even though the terms of their divorce settlement were kept private, Us Weekly said that Sheremet—the one who filed for divorce—asked Rimes for spousal maintenance and all legal fees and expenses. They attempted to sell their custom-built mansion for $7.45 million in 2009, but they could not until 2012, when they could sell it for only $4.1 million.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Both Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have had great musical careers. A record-breaking 37 Academy of Country Music Awards has been won by Lambert, who has a $60 million net worth. Shelton has a net worth of $100 million. She is a successful singer and co-host of “The Voice,” a musical reality show.
The pair got together in 2005, dated for six years, were wed for four years, and then split up in July 2015 amid suspicions of adultery. According to Us Weekly, they supposedly signed a prenup, though the terms are private and intended to divide their joint assets. According to the magazine, Shelton received their ranch in Oklahoma, while Lambert received their property in Nashville.
They both got back in love. In January 2019, Lambert wed Brendan McLoughlin, a police officer in New York City. He is now a member of her security detail. Shelton married the singer Gwen Stefani in a private wedding on the estate in July 2021. As “The Voice” co-hosts in 2014, the two came together.
Shania Twain and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange
Powerhouse country singer Shania Twain, whose staggering $400 million fortune is the result of her marriage to Robert John “Mutt” Lange, wed him in 1993, just six months after they first met. The pair happily married for 14 years and have one kid, Eja. Twain discovered her husband’s infidelity with her close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud in 2008.
In 2010, they got divorced. Lange, a record producer, was already wealthy, around $225 million when their divorce agreement was finalized, so it was unlikely that divorce would leave him penniless. 2011 saw Twain shocking everyone by wedding Frederic Thiébaud, her ex-husband.
Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl
After 14 years of marriage, Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl, his college sweetheart, split in 2000. Together, they have three daughters. According to reports, Mahl received Brooks’s $125 million divorce settlement.
It was included as the sixth most costly divorce in a 2020 Marie Claire story about celebrity splits. Brooks wed Trisha Yearwood, a country music performer, in 2005. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the couple has a combined net worth of $400 million.
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