Blake Shelton usually has no problem joking about ridiculous tabloid stories.
But when headlines say he’s an alcoholic or in need of rehab help, they’re no longer a laughing matter to the country crooner.
ICYMI, back in October, the 39-year-old sued In Touch Weekly for $2 million dollars because a story they ran — and have since removed from their website — claimed that he checked into a treatment facility for alcoholism.
Now, Gwen Stefani‘s main main has filed a legal declaration adamantly denying the alleged libelous accusations made on the issue’s cover, 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.”
The soulful singer fought back against the mag’s scandalous statements, adding:
“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.”
In the docs, the Oklahoma native also denied his reported drunken habits:
“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.”
And, he lashed out against claims that excessive 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.”
The reality TV judge also says 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.”
Just last month, Bauer Media had filed 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.'”
But in his latest legal rebuttal, the celeb clarified that those posts are “part of my schtick with my fans” and “in no way indicates that I have an actual problem with alcohol.”
If you’re dying to know some of the things In Touch had said, you can ch-ch-check out the controversial cover (below):
So far, the magazine has no comment on Blake’s declaration.