Brandon Blackstock, previously Kelly Clarkson’s manager during their marriage, has been directed by a California labor commissioner to reimburse his ex-wife millions in overcharged commissions.
The commissioner’s ruling highlighted that Blackstock had exceeded acceptable boundaries by securing engagements and deals for Clarkson on platforms like “The Voice,” Norwegian Cruise Line, Wayfair, and as a host for the Billboard Music Awards. The decision noted that only agents, not managers, could legally procure such roles, with limited exceptions.

Blackstock and mandated repayments

Blackstock faces a mandated repayment of $2,641,374, which he intends to challenge. While he earned $1.98 million from Clarkson’s role on “The Voice,” his earnings from her hosting the BMAs amounted to a mere $93.30.

Photo: Instagram/Kelly Clarkson

Commissioner’s Rule

Despite Clarkson’s desire for Blackstock to relinquish a percentage of his earnings after her successful show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” the commissioner ruled in his favor regarding those earnings.

The divorce proceedings between Clarkson, 41, and Blackstock, 46, commenced in June 2020, concluding in March 2022 after contentious disputes over custody of their 9-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son, and their shared Montana ranch. Clarkson secured primary custody of their children and retained ownership of the ranch. Following the divorce, Clarkson and her children relocated to New York City, a move she credited with aiding her emotional recovery post-separation.

Focus on family, career

Reflecting on the aftermath of her divorce, Clarkson admitted that COVID-19 had prompted introspection about failed relationships. She conveyed her commitment to focusing on her family and career, expressing contentment with being single and setting dating aside for the time being. Juggling multiple responsibilities including parenting, work, and managing various pets, Clarkson emphasized the challenges of starting anew after envisioning a lifelong partnership that did not materialize.

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