In an unexpected turn of events, Kelly Clarkson is being sued by her longtime management company, which is run by her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock‘s father, Narvel Blackstock.
Variety reported on Tuesday, September 29, that Starstruck Management Group filed a claim against Clarkson alleging that she owes them $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. The complaint claims that Clarkson hasn’t paid the total commission for her work on The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Voice this year.
Clarkson began working with Narvel and his company in 2007, which was five years after her American Idol win. According to Variety, the suit argues that Clarkson breached her verbal contract with the management group, which was negotiated by her attorney and her business manager 13 years ago. The management company also claims that Clarkson will owe at least $5.4 million to the firm by the end of 2020.
Clarkson spoke out about the divorce during a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I am a very open person, but I’m not going to be able to be truly open about this in certain aspects because there’s kids involved,” she said on September 11.
“I think that I will navigate a way in which to be open and honest about it eventually, probably via [The Kelly Clarkson Show], and it’ll probably, I’m assuming, happen organically when someone says something in conversation or something. It definitely wouldn’t be planned.”