Legal Battle Ensues: Kelly Clarkson Files Lawsuit Against Ex-Husband Brandon Blackstock Following $2.6 Million Ruling

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A California labor commissioner previously determined that Blackstock exceeded his legal boundaries while serving as Clarkson’s manager.


Four months after a California labor commissioner ruled that Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband Brandon Blackstock owed her $2.6 million in past commissions for exceeding his legal limits as her manager, the singer has filed new documents asserting he may actually owe her a significantly larger sum.

Clarkson, aged 41, lodged documents in Los Angeles on Monday, contending that Blackstock has been in breach of state labor regulations since 2007, when she entered into an oral agreement with Starstruck Management, the company founded by his father Narvel Blackstock in 1988.

Since the previous judgment issued in November only covered the period up to 2017, Clarkson’s new filings, as obtained by PEOPLE, request a “full and complete accounting from Starstruck of all monies received by Starstruck, directly or indirectly, in connection with any and all contracts, employment, or engagements pertaining in any way to the personal services of [Clarkson],” encompassing commissions, fees, profits, advances, and producing fees.


Attorneys representing Blackstock did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Blackstock, aged 47, served as Clarkson’s manager from 2017 to 2020, coinciding with the year she filed for divorce after seven years of marriage. In November, the labor commissioner stated that he had “unlawfully procured her work,” in violation of California’s Talent Agencies Act.

According to the act, managers are prohibited from securing or attempting to secure employment for artists unless they do so in conjunction with a licensed agent. The ruling highlighted four instances in which Blackstock and his Starstruck Management Group violated the act, including Clarkson’s role as a coach on The Voice starting in 2018.

Blackstock, who shares daughter River, aged 9, and son Remy, aged 7, with the “Mine” singer, filed an appeal against the decision in December, and a hearing is scheduled for August.


The legal proceedings commenced in September 2020 when Starstruck initiated a lawsuit against Clarkson, alleging that she owed more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. In retaliation, Clarkson submitted documents accusing Starstruck, Blackstock, and Narvel (who was formerly married to Reba McEntire) of violating the Talent Agencies Act.

Clarkson’s divorce from Blackstock was finalized in 2022, resulting in her being mandated to make a one-time payment of slightly over $1.3 million to her ex-husband, along with a monthly child support payment of $45,601.

Since then, she has relocated to New York City and released the album Chemistry, marking her first album since the separation.

“I didn’t view it as anything other than: This is my release. I’m someone who lets go; I don’t harbor grudges. So it was truly about delving into the events in my life and understanding why—and figuring out what steps I would take next,” she shared with PEOPLE in January.