Blake Shelton Is Suing In Touch Weekly over Rehab Cover Story
Country singer Blake Shelton is fed up with the tabloids.
The 39-year-old "The Voice" coach has sued In Touch Weekly on Monday after the tabloid ran a cover story about Shelton's alleged drinking problem. The story claimed that Shelton was headed into rehab to get his drinking problem under control. The story also stated that it was Shelton's alcoholism that caused his divorce from Miranda Lambert.
"Blake Shelton has had enough," the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, read. "Mr. Shelton is not in rehab and has no plans to go to rehab."
The suit clarified, in reference to the magazine's claim, "To be clear: Mr. Shelton has not hit rock bottom."
The cover page reads:
"Rehab for Blake. He finally hits rock bottom."
"Drinking vodka before noon & slurring his words - it's worse than anyone knows."
"What he did while wasted that destroyed his marriage."
"How his friends begged him to stop joking about drinking & get help."
The lawsuit, which is seeking more than $1 million in damages, was filed against publishing group, Bauer Publishing Co. The suit also mentions how In Touch has repeatedly published defamatory and false stories about Shelton and is seeking an injunction that would stop the magazine from publishing these same allegations in the future.
Shelton and Lambert ended their four-year marriage in July.
At the time of their divorce, they released this statement to Us Weekly, "This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."
Since the divorce, Shelton has been focused on his work on NBC's "The Voice and his new album, "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," which will be released on Oct. 23.