Last month, tall drink o’ moonshine Blake Shelton decided to sue InTouch for defamation after they ran a maybe-dirty cover story about him back in September. InTouch had accused Blake of being an alcoholic whose rock bottom included showing up to work on The Voice drunk and urinating in a mailbox. They also alleged that Blake’s boozing got so bad he was going to rehab.
InTouch responded to Blake’s lawsuit by crossing their heart, hoping to die, and swearing that all the words they printed about Blake being a mess were true. However, an editor for InTouch also claimed that they never explicitly used the words “Blake has checked into rehab” and therefore can’t be sued for defamation. So they asked a judge to take Blake’s defamation lawsuit and dump it in the trash.
But TMZ says that a judge wasn’t feeling it, and they’ve rejected InTouch’s request to have it thrown out. The judge side-eyed their claim about not writing that he was in rehab, since the words “REHAB For Blake” were written in giant letters on the cover. According to the judge, false claims of checking into rehab were worthy of a lawsuit. The judge also swatted at them for knowing that Blake wasn’t in rehab when they wrote and published the story, which, again, is sue-worthy.
Another argument InTouch used to try to convince the judge to trash Blake’s defamation lawsuit was his activity on Twitter. InTouch claimed that Blake has tweeted in the past about drinking and being drunk, and therefore he was already defaming his character. The judge rolled their eyes at that too.
Blake has clearly been taking subtlety tips from his girlfriend Gwen Stefani, because on Sunday he was seen on stage at a show in Florida drinking out of a cup with his initials on one side and “I drink, get over it” on the other. How convenient that his initials are BS. The only way that would have been a less-subtle slap at InTouch would be if he had that thing about drinking printed on the back of a cup from Florida University. Here’s more of Blake drankin’ and sangin’ and smoochin’ on his guitarist at the Tortuga Music Festival on Sunday.