TMZ obtained legal documents showing that Brandon Blackstock overcharged Kelly Clarkson for booking gigs while he was her manager.
Singer and television host Kelly Clarkson has been entrenched in a highly visible and highly contentious divorce from ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, since 2020. This week, a California labor commissioner has made a huge ruling in Clarkson’s favor.
According to a new report, the commissioner has determined that Blackstock over-charged Clarkson by millions for booking gigs during the time he managed her career. Specifically, TMZ obtained legal documents detailing that the misappropriation occurred while negotiating Clarkson’s involvement with The Voice, Wayfair, and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as the Billboard Music Awards.
Legally only agents, not managers, can secure these types of roles for the talent they represent. As a result, the commissioner has decided that Blackstock crossed a line as Clarkson’s manager and ordered that he return a total of $2,641,374 to his former client and wife.
Brandon Blackstock will keep the fees he collected from securing Clarkson’s deal for The Kelly Clarkson Show.
The same report from TMZ indicates that Blackstock intends to appeal the aforementioned rulings and repayment. Clarkson reportedly also went after the commissions that Blackstock earned by negotiating her arrangement with her daily talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. However the judge did not support this and Blackstock will be allowed to keep the earnings.
Kelly Clarkson’s divorce from Brandon Blackstock was finalized in 2022.
Kelly Clarkson provately filed for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock in 2020. The pair share two children – River (9) and Remington (7). Through the multi-year divorce battle, Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of the two kids, as well as ownership of the couples $10.4 million Montana Ranch. However it has not always been wins for Clarkson, who had to pay her ex-husband a settlement of $1.3 million. She is also on the hook for $45,000 a month in child support and $115,000 a month in spousal support. The spousal support is said to end in January 2024.