Update: The Loop has since obtained Andi Potamkin’s filed answers to complaints made by William Jordan Blackmore. According to the Potamkin documents, “the false allegations have been publicly disseminated through various media outlets, a result that was likely hoped for as a part of an attempt to publicly humiliate Andi and her family. The reason should be clear: Blackmore was hoping that the dissemination of what would be—if true—embarrassing information would result in Andi doing anything to avoid public humiliation. The problem with Blackmore’s strategy is that there is hard evidence demonstrating his claims are a shill. ”
The most noteworthy file included in the document was an email written by Blackmore, stating that he did in fact, know that he was not “on paper” married to Andi, and would still need to go to a New York courthouse to do so. This email was allegedly written in 2017, although Blackmore claims Potamkin deceived him and that he had no idea his marriage wasn’t official until Potamkin filed for divorce. Looks like Blackmore has some explaining to do.
Weddings often bring out the worst in people. TLC has 24/7 programming built around that fact. But in a new lawsuit, one groom is claiming that his bride and her father went much further than forcing him to wear a bowtie when he wanted an open collar. According to celebrity hairdresser William Jordan Blackmore, his heiress bride Andi Potamkin and her father, millionaire Alan Potamkin of the Potamkin Auto group, committed fraud. The honeymoon is officially over.
Potamkin and Blackmore wed in a lavish $2 million wedding in 2015, with the nuptials set against the stunning mountain backdrop at the Amangiri resort in Utah, where rooms go for $2,200 per night USD.
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Guests included Blackmore’s celebrity clients like Elizabeth Olsen, who arrived via private plane after receiving an invitation inside a geode, which came with a hammer to open. We thought our Shutterfly postcards were pretty neat, too.
Guests were encouraged to make frequent wardrobe changes, with the wedding weekend including events like horseback riding, painting, hiking, zip lining, poker and more.
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Blackmore and Potamkin, who wed after a five-year engagement, said ‘I do’ in a ceremony performed by their yoga instructor, which is the Goop-iest thing we’ve ever heard. Blackmore is now claiming in his new lawsuit that the yoga instructor was specifically instructed by Potamkin and her father to not get ordained before the ceremony. Blackmore says that Potamkin told their friend that the pair would get legally married in their home state of New York, which they never did.
In his lawsuit, Blackmore is suing Potamkin and her father for $2 million, saying the pair conspired to commit fraud by tricking him into thinking he was legally marrying Andi. He says that Alan Potamkin didn’t want his daughter to marry Blackmore because he was worried the celebrity hairdresser would not sign a prenup, although Blackmore did, in fact, sign. Um, OK.
Blackmore alleges that his former father-in-law didn’t want to cancel the wedding and risk embarrassing the family and that Andi continued with the wedding for the considerable exposure she received, including a large spread in Hello! magazine and Coveteur.
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Blackmore says that it wasn’t until Andi filed for divorce in December 2018 that he realized the couple weren’t legally married. The separation agreement stated that Blackmore would receive “a $1 million payment, a transfer of land in upstate New York, and indemnification by Alan and Andi for any tax liability associated with the settlement payment or land transfer,” with the couple’s wedding ceremony referred to as a “symbolic ceremony … that did not constitute a legally binding marriage.”
The stylist said that Andi never intended to marry him, but “just wanted a lavish wedding experience, a public relations stunt and the attention that came with it.”
According to the Daily Mail, Jordan and Andi met when he was 22-years-old and she was 17. The pair were engaged for five years and ‘married’ for three years. In December 2018, Andi filed for divorce following an affair. At this point things got real and Blackmore realized that he wasn’t legally married. Huh.
To recap, Andi Potamkin realized that her partner of over 12 years was not who she wanted to spend her life with. She went the route that so many do and had an affair. Potamkin told her ‘husband’ that she wanted out, and as things took a legal turn–by way of the separation agreement–he realized that he had never, in fact, been married at all.
Blackmore is now suing Potamkin for $2 million, saying he has “suffered and will continue to suffer damages, including time and money spent on Jordan’s and Andi’s relationship, properties, and lifestyle during the ‘marriage,’” as well as “mental and physical harm and medical costs resulting from the defendants’ acts.”
Being lied to that you’re legally married when you’re not would be terrible. Imagine every happy memory from your wedding day (and so many other days) being tainted by the new knowledge that it was all a lie. We don’t doubt that there would be some serious mental and emotional scarring from that, especially since the couple had been together for more than a decade. Blackmore didn’t sign a marriage license, likely because he trusted his longtime partner. That makes sense. Rich people can hire assistants to take care of just about everything; at some point, you do have to sign paperwork to be married, but again, trust. It’s possible Blackmore signed something he thought was a marriage license.
Blackmore also says that his father-in-law didn’t want the couple to wed because he was worried Blackmore wouldn’t sign a prenup, even though he did, so that’s causing some confusion for us. And maybe Andi Potamkin did have reservations about the wedding but went through with it anyway to avoid embarrassment. No one wants to ruin a good Instagram opportunity with so many celebrities involved.
The couple was ‘married’ for three years, which in the celebrity world is pretty good. Was Potamkin waiting until it was socially acceptable to file for divorce in hopes of avoiding a Kardashian moment? Maybe. Did she agree with her father that she shouldn’t legally wed Blackmore to avoid losing half her inheritance if they split? It sounds like it. Either way, looks like Blackmore was deceived and we’ll be watching to see how it unfolds.