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Kelly Clarkson's ex-husband ordered to pay back millions after 'overcharging as her manager'

Annie Walton Doyle

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Kelly Clarkson's ex-husband ordered to pay back millions after 'overcharging as her manager'

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Kelly Clarkson's split from Brandon Blackstock just got even messier.

The pair initially went their separate ways back in 2020, but now Blackstock has been ordered to pay back 'millions' of dollars to Clarkson.

Kelly is at the center of a messy legal battle. Credit: YouTube/The Kelly Clarkson Show
Kelly is at the center of a messy legal battle. Credit: YouTube/The Kelly Clarkson Show

The couple filed for divorce in 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage, during which they welcomed two children - River, eight, and Remington, six.

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The management firm, which had Clarkson on the roster for more than 10 years, claimed she owes them $1.4 million (£1.1m) and an additional $5.4million (£4.3m) in unpaid commissions.

A lawyer for Starstruck Management Group named Bryan Freedman wrote in a statement to TMZ: "It is unfortunate that Kelly is again attempting to avoid paying commissions that are due and owing to Starstruck to try and achieve some perceived advantage in her ongoing custody and divorce proceedings."

Clarkson was also liable for a one-time payment of $1.3 million to her ex-husband, along with monthly child support payments of $45,601.

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The American Idol winner also reportedly agreed to pay Blackstock $115,000 a month in spousal support.

Kelly Clarkson is reportedly set to gain millions. Credit: YouTube/The Kelly Clarkson Show
Kelly Clarkson is reportedly set to gain millions. Credit: YouTube/The Kelly Clarkson Show

But now, it looks like the tables may be turning on Blackstock's financial fortune.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, a California labor commissioner claimed that Blackstock had unlawfully booked jobs for the singer and overcharged a commission.

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Blackstock has been ordered to pay Clarkson over $2 million.

These jobs included The Voice, Norwegian Cruise Line, the Billboard Music Awards, and Wayfair.

Blackstock was not a legally certified talent agent, and only agents are allowed to book jobs and take commission from their clients.

Clarkson was represented at the time by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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Blackstock is now ordered return to the 'millions' he allegedly overcharged her, however, he is now appealing the order.

Clarkson has been candid in how her divorce has impacted her music.

"It's very personal," she said on the Today show back in June.

"And I've always released personal music - I think I'm that kind of writer in general, everybody knows that. I think when you have kids - you both have kids, too - you kind of debate, 'What am I going to do here?'

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"So I was very selective about the songs I picked for the album."

Topics: Celebrity, Sex and Relationships, Money, Music

Annie Walton Doyle
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