Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, ordered to return $2.6M after overcharging her as manager

Brandon Blackstock has been ordered to return millions of dollars in overcharged commission to his ex-wife, Kelly Clarkson, whom he managed while they were married.

A California labor commissioner ruled that Blackstock overcharged the Grammy winner by seven figures when he represented her.

According to legal documents obtained Thursday by TMZ, Blackstock was found to have crossed the line when he booked gigs and inked deals for his then-spouse on “The Voice,” Norwegian Cruise Line, Wayfair and as the host of the Billboard Music Awards.

The labor commissioner states that only agents, not managers, can lawfully secure roles for talent; however, there are a few exceptions.

Blackstock reportedly owes Clarkson a total of $2,641,374 — a decision he’s planning to appeal.

Per the outlet, he made $1.98 million in commission from the singer’s role on “The Voice” but got only $93.30 after she hosted the BMAs.

A California labor commissioner found that Blackstock crossed the line when he booked gigs and inked deals for Clarkson on “The Voice,” Norwegian Cruise Line, Wayfair and as the host of the Billboard Music Awards. FilmMagic

The “American Idol” Season 1 winner wanted her ex-husband to cough up whatever percentage he made after she scored her talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” but the labor commissioner ruled that money is his to keep.

Clarkson, 41, filed for divorce from Blackstock, 46, in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage.

Following a bitter battle over custody of their 9-year-old daughter, River Rose, their 7-year-old son, Remington “Remy” Alexander, and their shared Montana ranch, the former couple finally settled their divorce in March 2022.

The labor commissioner ruled that whatever percentage he made after she scored her talk show is his to keep. Getty Images for iHeartRadio
The Grammy winner filed for divorce in June 2020 after nearly seven years of marriage. Getty Images for SiriusXM

Clarkson was granted primary custody of their children and got to keep the ranch.


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Shortly after the split was finalized, the trio moved to New York City, which the musician said “helped” her get back on her feet.

“I think COVID pointed out a lot of things,” she explained in June of leaving both Los Angeles and Blackstock, adding, “A lot of us didn’t make it relationship-wise.”

Clarkson was granted primary custody of her and Blackstock’s two kids and also got to keep their Montana ranch. AFP via Getty Images

Following the release of her cathartic album, “Chemistry,” Clarkson told her fans she was putting dating on the back burner.

“Do I have a boyfriend? No! And not looking. You know why? I love being single,” she shared with her Instagram followers in September.

“I have two kids, two dogs, three rabbits, a hamster, multiple jobs — there’s a lot going on,” she elaborated, adding that it’s “hard to start over” when “you think you’re going to spend the rest of your life with somebody, and you don’t.”