Kelly Clarkson’s split may have just gotten a little messier.
Back in June, Kelly filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock, which came as a surprise to fans seeing as they were quarantined together on their Montana ranch with three of their children.
On the Season 2 premiere of her talk show, Kelly addressed her seemingly sudden divorce, saying, “2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life. Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came.”
Something else she probably didn’t see coming was being sued by her manager, Narvel Blackstock, who is also her ex-father-in-law and Reba McEntire’s ex-husband.
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Narvel’s Starstruck Management Group filed a lawsuit against Kelly in Los Angeles claiming they are owed $1.4 million from the Voice coach.
Variety reports that “Clarkson has not paid the full commission this year for her work on ‘The Voice’ and ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show.'” Although Kelly already paid them $1.9 million, she still owes them $1.4 million as part of their verbal agreement.
Starstruck Management Group is paid “15% commission on [Kelly’s] gross earnings,” according to Variety. The publication estimates the Emmy-winning host will owe at least $5 million by the end of the year.
Kelly and her management company do not have a written agreement. The lawsuit claims they made a verbal agreement in 2007 and Kelly has paid the company their appropriate commissions since then, until now.
The complaint says, “Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar. By way of example only, Starstruck was instrumental in helping Clarkson achieve success in terms of numerous hit albums, multiple Grammy wins and nominations, her role on popular television shows like ‘The Voice’ and her own talk show. Despite Starstruck’s hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed.”
At the time of publication, Kelly has yet to address the lawsuit. Watch her talk about her divorce on her talk show below.