Blake Shelton, what’s the DEAL?
Back in October, the 39-year-old sued In Touch Weekly for $2 million dollars because a story they ran (and have since removed) said he was an alcoholic and had checked into a treatment facility for alcoholism.
The Voice mentor filed a complaint against the publication’s parent company, Bauer Media, for defamation and false invasion of privacy. Now, the dude filed a legal declaration denying the accusations made on the cover of the issue, saying:
“Not only was I not in rehab or headed to rehab when it was published, but I also do not have a drinking problem. All of this was false and went so far beyond prior stories about me that I had previously denied with humor.”
“I do not drink excessively, binge drink, or have a drinking problem. I do not, as the Rehab Story alleges, drink vodka before 11:00 a.m. I am never drunk, intoxicated, or unable to perform my job on The Voice or elsewhere.”
“I do not slur my words or stumble when I drink. I have never urinated on a mailbox in public, or otherwise. I did not start drinking at 14. I did not start drinking as a teenager. I did not start drinking to cope with my brother’s death.”
In addition, he fought claims that drinking, partying, and infidelity led to his divorce with Miranda Lambert:
“My ex-wife Miranda Lambert did not catch me with a bunch of naked women in our Tennessee home one night.”
He also said he did NOT turn to booze to cope with the end of their relationship:
“Ms. Lambert did not tape me while drinking and then show me a video of myself the following day. During our marriage, Ms. Lambert never begged, demanded, or asked me to go to rehab…I did not handle my first divorce by drinking, nor has my drinking increased or escalated since my divorce from Ms. Lambert.”
Bauer Media isn’t buying it, though: theyfiled a motion to strike the lawsuit, saying that Blake owns up to his drinking habits on Twitter all the time:
“Shelton ignores that he has staked his reputation on heavy drinking: he tweets more than 15 million Twitter followers almost daily with messages crowing about how much he drinks and is famous for his signature Twitter tagline, ‘Drunk.'”
Blake says the posts are “part of my schtick with my fans” and “in no way indicates that I have an actual problem with alcohol.”
Dang! This thing is getting PERSONAL. Do you think Blake has a drinking problem?