Kelly Clarkson's estranged husband Brandon Blackstock is denying Clarkson's claims that he and his father Narvel Blackstock's management company defrauded her out of millions of dollars.
In September, the Blackstocks company Starstruck Management sued Clarkson, claiming they are owed $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. In a countersuit, Clarkson alleges that Blackstock defrauded her by overcharging her over the years. Vanity Fair reports Clarkson also claimed she should be compensated for "unconscionable fees" she paid for "illegal services" to the management company from 2007 to 2020 because the company was unlicensed in the state of California, a violation of the California Labor Code.
Blackstock's attorney argued that Brandon Blackstock and his father aren't subject to the Talent Agencies Act because they did not perform services in California.
In the documents filed, Blackstock denies Clarkson's claims, adding that Clarkson isn't entitled to any of the money that he, his father or the managment company earned while working with Clarkson.
News broke in June of 2020 that Clarkson had filed for divorce from her husband of nearly seven years, Brandon Blackstock. According to documents obtained by The Blast, the singer, talk show host and The Voice coach filed in Los Angeles court on June 4.
According to PEOPLE, Los Angeles county judge has ruled that Clarkson will have primary physical custody of her children, daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander.
"The Court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody," the court document read.
The documented added that "the level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them."
Clarkson remained silent on the news of her divorce until a Sept. 11, 2020 interview with Today's Willie Geist. In short, Clarkson shared that if we want vague details about the divorce, check out her next album.
"This next record, this will probably be the most personal one I've ever released. And the whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now or where it is now, and it's been very therapeutic for me," Clarkson said. "There's one that my kids sing in the car...and I'm just, like, 'This is weird.' Like, it's your relationship. I've never written about my life to where my kids are, like, singing along."
In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, Clarkson explained why she's not likely to sling mud in song or to the press.
"But my children and his older children--there are a lot of little hearts involved in this and while people feel, 'Oh my gosh, what a loss ...' imagine how it is in the epicenter of the storm," she said. "It's a lot to process and deal with, just as a family. So because it's not just me, I probably won't go too deep with it."
The couple has been married since 2013. They have two children together, daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander (Remy).
Clarkson first met Blackstock in 2006. Brandon's dad, Narvel Blackstock, was her manager at the time. When she was rehearsing backstage for the 2006 Academy of Country Music awards, she had a brief interaction with Blackstock. He was managing Rascal Flatts, who Clarkson was singing a duet with that night.
At the time, Blackstock was married to Melissa Ashworth, with whom he has two children. In 2012, Clarkson and Blackstock reconnected at the Super Bowl, where Clarkson was performing "The National Anthem." The following year, the couple married at Tennessee's Blackberry Farms.
Brandon Blackstock's father Narvel Blackstock is the ex-husband of Reba McEntire, a close friend and frequent collaborator of Clarkson's.