Talk show host Kelly Clarkson’s nasty divorce battle from ex Brandon Blackstock is starting to really affect her, said a source, adding that the songstress “is not in the best place emotionally” right now.
Although she appears to be all smiles while filming her hit daytime TV show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, her ongoing legal battle is something “she absolutely doesn’t want” the world to see, the insider claimed.
“Kelly trusted Brandon with her heart and career — he controlled almost every element of her life,” the insider stressed, noting that she can’t help but “feel duped” now that he has fired back at the singer's claims that he “defrauded” her, saying he doesn’t owe her a penny she says she's entitled to.
OK! was the first to reveal that the American Idol alum filed a claim to the California Labor Commissioner's Office in October 2020, alleging that her agreement with Starstruck Management (owned by Blackstock and his dad, Narvel) was a "fraudulent and subterfuge device" for her managers to perform "illegal services" as agents, due to them being unlicensed in the state of California, and therefore she was owed all the money she earned while under such devices.
As OK! reported, Blackstock fired back at his estranged wife’s claims, denying the accusations that he was charging her outlandish fees during the duration of her contract with his management company. The talent agent claimed that Clarkson is not entitled to any money that he, his father or their management company earned while working with her over the past 13 years.
The bitter feud between the “Because of You” crooner and the Blackstock family began just mere months after she filed for divorce from her husband of seven years in June 2020. Starstruck management reportedly slapped the singer with a lawsuit claiming she owed them more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions.
Clarkson argued that since her management team wasn’t legally licensed in the state of California, all agreements should be “declared void and unenforceable,” and in fact, they should return any money she previously paid to them.
The “Stronger” songstress and Blackstock share two children together: River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4. Blackstock has two children from his previous marriage: Savannah, 18, and Seth, 13.
Throughout her messy divorce, Clarkson has kept herself busy. Her talk show is soaring in the ratings, so much so that OK! learned that execs are considering giving her the coveted 3 p.m. slot long held by controversial host Ellen DeGeneres, should her show come to an end.
She also has The Voice, which she just released a promo photo for the upcoming season. "It's almost that time y'all! @NBCTheVoice is back on 3/1,” she captioned a pic alongside fellow judges Blake Shelton, John Legend and the returning Nick Jonas.
The February 8 print edition of Us Weekly was the first to report on Clarkson's current emotional state and that she feels "duped."