Never let it be said that Blake Shelton took things lying down! The country singer is suing tabloid In Touch after the magazine wrongfully insinuated that Shelton checked into rehab following his split from Miranda Lambert. According to TMZ, Blake is looking for millions in damages.
According to the lawsuit, a September 28 cover featured Shelton along with a headline “Rehab for Blake… He Finally Hits Rock Bottom,” a story that is not true, reports TMZ.
Blake Shelton immediately took action, and his attorney, Larry Stein, filed a defamation suit in a Los Angeles County Superior Court against In Touch parent company, Bauer Media. According to the lawsuit, which begins “Blake Shelton has had enough,” according to Rolling Stone, Shelton asserts that he is not in rehab — and has no plans to check into rehab at all.
In fact, any stories that Blake plans to check into rehab are false, since the newly-single country singer doesn’t have a drinking problem at all, reports Rolling Stone.
“Mr. Shelton is not in rehab and has no plans to go to rehab, which Bauer would have known had it bothered to contact any of Mr. Shelton’s representatives prior to publication of its misleading Rehab Story,” the lawsuit reads, according to Rolling Stone. Blake is also suing over charges of libel, as well as invasion of privacy.
Shelton took issue with several lines in the magazine, according to TMZ,including claims that “Blake has hit rock bottom,” as well as insinuations that “[h]is friends are terrified that [Blake] could end up dead at this rate.” In Touch also printed that Blake drinks and womanizes, and his behavior “helped torpedo his 4-year marriage,” while his “close friends have talked about an intervention.”
In Touch magazine also claimed that “Mr. Shelton was ‘caught’ by Ms. Lambert with ‘a bunch of naked women’ in their home,” which Blake denies happened, reports TMZ.
Blake is suing In Touch for millions, although the amount remains unclear. TMZ reports that Blake wants $2 million for damages to his personal brand, while Rolling Stone reports that Blake is suing for $1 million.
What is clear, however, is that Blake won’t take false statements lying down, after claiming that In Touch has repeatedly published false stories about Shelton, reports Rolling Stone.
Blake is slowly moving on after his very public split from Miranda Lambert last July 20, which, according to Blake, “happens so fast” in Oklahoma, according to Us Weekly.
Us reports that during an interview on the Bobby Bones Show in September, Shelton explained that “Miranda and I didn’t have any kids, and we had a prenuptial agreement.” After Miranda and Blake filed for divorce, “it was over in, like… a nine or 10-day waiting period,” Shelton confessed.
But the split was amicable. Blake said on the Bobby Bones Show that “[o]ur whole thing was, we are going to be cool about this, it is what it is.” Blake kept the couple’s home in Oklahoma, while Lambert was awarded their home in Nashville. Miranda reportedly loves the country music capital, telling Us Weekly that “I’ve never felt more at home… I’ve never felt more inspired.”
Meanwhile, Blake, contrary to the report published by In Touch, told E! News that following his divorce, The Voice mentor is “in a good place.”
Blake explained that it’s “amazing how quickly life can turn around for you,” highlighting that he’s “had some pretty cool things in recent times that’ve happened and I’m loving it,” reports E!.
But Blake is still friends with Miranda, and has plans to team with his ex-wife for the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, where the couple will reunite for a performance. Shelton is also nominated in the Musical Event Of the Year category.
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