A recent update from Entertainment Tonight explains that a lawsuit was filed by Blake Shelton last fall against the publication InTouch Weekly's parent company, Bauer Media, accusing them of false allegations in a tabloid report that claims he has a serious drinking problem.
The tabloid story spoke in length of the singer's alleged drinking problem and even went as far as claiming he had to check into rehab for it following his July 2015 divorce from fellow country singer, Miranda Lambert.
Recently obtained by ET, court documents show that Shelton is "furious" about the allegations from the magazine that propose he is "a man who cannot function, cannot do his job, and is on the brink of death without treatment."
In Shelton's declaration, he downright disputes the magazine's claims, saying, "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."
Entertainment Tonight also discovered a document showing that Bauer Media filed a motion to strike the $2 million lawsuit, claiming that they did not falsely accuse Shelton and stating they stand by their report - citing Shelton's tweets as a basis for their motion. The media company's attorneys claim that Shelton has "staked his reputation on heavy drinking" and that he is even famous for a signature tagline "drunk".
The declaration filed by Shelton addresses this exact claim by stating that the country star will regularly make humorous references to drinking as "part of [his] schtick with [his] fans" and that it "in no way indicates that [he has] an actual problem with alcohol."
Additionally, Shelton disputes further allegations of infidelity and effects drinking had on his marriage.
"My ex-wife Miranda Lambert did not catch me with a bunch of naked women in our Tennessee home one night," the singer states in the document. "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."
Shelton, who is known worldwide for his seemingly endless string of No. 1 country hits recently released the first single from his upcoming album and it's looking like it will be another chart-topper for the artist! "Came Here To Forget" debuted on March 8th and is billed as an "intimate snapshot" of an encounter between a couple at a bar.
Watch the full report from ET in the video below and let us know what you think of the situation in the comments below!
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