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Several months ago, we told you that “Basketball Wives LA” star filed for divorce from her husband, NBA player Jannero Pargo. It’s unclear what caused the split, as the reality TV star simply cited “irreconcilable differences” in her filing, but it was revealed that the pair have been separated since 2012. In her filing, Malaysia also requested sole physical custody of their three children.
According to TMZ, a decision has been reached in regard to custody and support. Documents filed with the Los Angeles superior court reveal that Malaysia has been awarded primary physical custody of the children, while the estranged couple will share legal custody.
As far as finances go, Malaysia has been awarded $15,380 per month in child support payments and an additional $7,500 per month in spousal support. Jannero has also been ordered cough up $25,000 for Malaysia’s attorneys’ fees.
This is quite a bit of cash, but Jannero just signed a deal with the Charlotte Hornets, from which he’ll reportedly be paid a little under $1.5 million for the season. As previously reported, Malaysia and Jannero have been married since 2006 and have been separated since 2012.
As the saying goes, sometimes it’s cheaper to keep her.
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Keyshia Cole Breaks Silence On Lesbian Rumors & How Her Failed Marriage Changed Her Perspective On Love
Around the time that the public learned that things were officially over between Keyshia Cole and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, the Oakland singer released a telling track titled “She,” which seemed to paint the portrait of a lesbian love affair. Naturally, fans began to wonder whether or not the track was a hint that Keyshia has been dealing with women since her split from Boobie; however, the reality star says that this is not the case. Instead, she says that for her, “She” is actually about her personal journey to becoming familiar with her own body following her separation from Daniel.
“I had to get familiar with myself so I think that song is really, in essence of what that song ‘She’ is about,” Keyshia told WGCI radio during a recent interview. “It’s getting to know yourself. I know people think it’s about girl-on-girl action, which it was at first, and then I kinda switched the lyrics around a little bit.”
Speaking of her separation, Keyshia also addressed how preparing to go through a divorce has altered her perspective on love and relationships. The next time around, Keyshia says she will place a higher value on being a man’s friend first.
“It’s no way of getting around not knowing if somebody is ready or not,” she explained. “That’s the whole thing about friendship. Whoever I end up with, I’ve been praying that he’s my friend first. If you think about being friends, you’re not going to go and get them hit up. You not gone put them in a situation where you gone get them shot. You ain’t gone put me in a situation where you make another woman think she got something over me. If we friends and you really love me like you say you do, it’s certain things you’re not going to do out of respect.”
As for what she has been doing to get through the difficult split, Keyshia says she has been directing her energies towards becoming more physically fit.
“Gym, yeah. Just trying to eat better. I did a fast for about 4-5 days…just juicing. I actually loved it. I go in the steam room before I work out for about 10-15 minutes then go work out for about 2 -3 hours then go pick up my son from school and get back to my motherly duties. Right now, working. Trying to stay focused.”
It’s unfortunate that Keyshia and Daniel were unable to work things out, but we’re wishing them both the best.
Watch Keyshia’s interview on the next page.
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Earlier this week, news broke that “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star Jasiel “Yung Joc” Robinson’s wife, Alexandria, filed for divorce. Naturally, the filing was a shock because not a lot of people realized that the rapper-turned-reality-star was married. According to TMZ, Alexandria cited adultery as grounds for her divorce filing. Considering that we’ve seen Joc boo’d up with Karlie Redd this season, most assumed that she had something to do with the couple’s demise. However, that may be a rather hasty assumption.
In her filing Alexandria acknowledges that she and Jasiel have been separated since February 2012. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” season one didn’t even premiere until June 2012 and Joc didn’t appear on the series with Karlie until 2014. Jasiel and Alexandria were high school sweethearts and have been legally married for 13 years. But their relationship appears to be stained with a bit of drama. Back in 2012, V-103 reported that a man by the name of Milton Winckler came forward insisting that he believed that he was the father of the couple’s then 9-year-old daughter.
Interestingly, a source close to the situation claimed that the only reason that Joc married Alexandria was because she was pregnant with their daughter. According to reports, a paternity test was performed, but the results were never publicly revealed. What’s even more interesting is that this report came out just one month after Alexandria says that they separated.
“Yes, I have always known about my daughter,” Winckler said in a letter to Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret. ‘Every time I would approach Alex, she always said ‘her daddy’s name is Joc.’ The last time I contacted her via text, she told me to ‘Contact her attorney Dana Davis’ and furnished me with the number as well.
I didn’t want to broadcast this on a media circuit because I want to protect my daughter. This is the type of nonsense that discourages fathers to step up. I guess I needed to maintain celebrity status and have a certain number of zeroes in my account to be apart of my daughters life!”
It’s unclear what became of that situation. Alexandria is requesting spousal and child support, by the way. We imagine that this is going to be one messy divorce!
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If your relationship is not going to work out, why must you broadcast it for the world to see? Divorce unfortunately happens to more than half of all married couples in the United States. Yet there are many who feel justified to mud sling and go for the jugular. While there are probably reasons each person has to be pissed off they have to think about others their arguments affect, and even their own brand. Check out these sloppy celebrity divorces. Hopefully there can be some healing before it’s too late.
It’s been nearly ten years since Eric Benét and ex-wife, Halle Berry split. However, unsurpisingly, such a high-profile relationship is difficult for the public to forget. Their divorce was plagued with rumors of cheating and conflicting reports that pegged Benét as a sex addict. The “Sometimes I Cry” singer has since moved on and found love in Prince’s ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, but he admits that the Halle chapter is still very much a part of his story.
“You’re never able to take the players out of the story, but in anybody’s life, there are personal hurdles that’ll make you wonder ‘How did I get here?’” he told theGrio about his split from Berry. “But on the other side of that, if you stay positive, if you keep moving, if you stay still and try to observe, absorb and learn as much as you’re supposed to learn in that pain, there’s a whole lot of evolution and light on the other side.”
While the divorce was clearly a challenging time in his life, the 47-year-old father says the experience taught him a lot.
“One of the great things about that time was learning to shut out the noise … Realizing what’s important to me is my family, my daughter and my career. It was a way to learn how to shut everything and it doesn’t really matter what you think and I know what the truth is. I’ll keep moving forward, ” he added.
As for whether or not he still speaks to his Academy Award-winning ex-wife, Benét says:
“No we haven’t stayed in touch. I just keep moving forward and being happy.”
And speaking of difficult times, he also opened up about losing his daughter’s mother in 1993 following a tragic car accident.
“My daughter, India, for most of her life I was a single father,” he explained. “Her mother passed away in a car accident when she was 15 months old. As you can imagine, there’s really no way to describe how [that feels]. There was so much loss and fear and trepidation about the future. Am I going to be able to do this. I mean, I had this amazing partner to parent this beautiful person with me. At the end of the day, I had my family, I had God and I had this amazing little baby.”
Thankfully, Benét says life is certainly looking up these days.
It appears that Lil’ Mo and her husband, Phillip Bryant, are headed for divorce—if they haven’t divorced already. It’s unclear what contributed to their rumored split, but word is already circulating that there’s a new man in her life, boxer Karl Dargan. Earlier today the “R&B Divas: L.A.” star shared a photo of Karl for social media’s Man Crush Monday and judging by the message that went along with the photograph, the two certainly appear to be more than just platonic friends.
“When a hood n*gga LOVE you and allllll the sh** you come with and don’t JUDGE you,” Mo writes. “And don’t ASK nor try to EASE his way on YOUR SHOW and loves his MOMMY and his MOMMY loves YOU and his whole family LOVES you for YOU, not the artist, you damn right I’ll give all this up for the LOVE.”
“But he said DON’T give UP, just give US a try,” she continued. “Mannnnn listen. I’ll kill for this ONE here!!”
Naturally, folks began to inquire about her husband, Phillip Bryant. But Mo insists that folks will know everything they need to know about the situation after watching the new season of “R&B Divas: LA.”
“I can finally say that my children and I are VERY happy,” she later told The Jasmine Brand in response to divorce rumors. “And the tea will be spilled on season 2 of ‘R&B Divas LA.’”
Something tells me there is plenty of messiness in store for season two of “R&B Divas: LA.”
Will you be watching?
‘I Go And Meditate With Them Every Morning:’ Russell Simmons Discusses Co-Parenting With His ‘Best Friend’ Kimora
Divorces can be pretty messy, especially when there are children involved. But Russell Simmons and his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, seem to have post-divorce co-parenting down to a science—something that Russell says is mostly due to the fact that he and Kimora are great friends.
“She’s my best friend. We’ve always been [good friends],” Russell said during an appearance on “Bethenny.” ” I mean even when we were divorcing it was like ‘You want this? I don’t know.’ We were good friends always.”
The hip hop mogul went on to commend Kimora for her amazing mothering skills.
“She is a good mother too, it can’t get better. My kids go to a school for gifted kids and they are well-behaved. They are awake and conscious and she’s the reason. She’s an amazing mother.”
“I go and meditate with them every morning and take them to school, they’re just pretty and they’re an inspiration for my life obviously and she’s made them for me.”
Though things didn’t work out with Kimora, Russell says he’s open to marrying again.
“I’m going to get married again. Yeah, I’m stupid I still think I’m young,” he explained before adding that he’s open to having more children. “Depending on the woman I married, if that was something she really wanted to do, you know, I love children and I love my children and I would love more. You know, but it’s not something like ‘I got to get another kid’ but I would.”
It’s great that they’re able to remain so close even though their marriage didn’t work out.
Watch Russell’s interview on the next page.
Nas has made headlines quite a bit in the last two of weeks, but it hasn’t been for some amazing new music project or for a new movie that he’s starring in. Instead, he’s being mentioned by a couple of women who have played major roles in his life. Just yesterday we told you that his ex and mother of his 19-year-old daughter, Carmen Bryan, expressed concerns about his mental health. Now, his ex-wife, Kelis Rogers, is also discussing the iconic Queens rapper.
“I’ve been divorced for almost five years,” the “Bossy” singer told The Guardian Guide. “It’s over, I’m over it.”
Though she says their relationship is over, she says her ex-husband’s decision to speak openly about their breakup on his last album, “Life Is Good,” forced her to speak about it.
“But what I would say is that last year I was made more aware of it because my ex-husband decided to talk about stuff that I hadn’t shared with the world.”
“He slipped my wedding dress on to his album cover [2012's Life Is Good],” she explained. “So now I have to talk about it! I had no idea it was happening, I was like, ‘What the…?’”
While Kelis admits that the album forced her to discuss some things about her breakup, she says that talking about it didn’t really bother her too much.
“It didn’t affect my life. I’m not living that life now. I’m super-content and at peace.”
The Grammy Award nominee also discussed being labeled as an R&B artist.
“I was never an R&B artist. People coined me one but that’s because, especially if you’re in the States, if you’re black and you sing, then you’re R&B.”
As for her musical future, Kelis says she’s not sure if she’ll put out another album.
“I might make another album. I might make 10 more albums. I might never make another album again. It depends on how the mood suits me. I’m not declaring retirement but I’m just saying that I don’t have any musical ambitions any more.”
“After ‘Kelis Was Here’ I was done. I was like, ‘I will never put out another record again, I hate this business, I hate all these people.’ I was in this race that I didn’t even realise that I was in. I woke up and ten years had passed. That was never my plan. My desire was never to put out albums, it was to do musical theatre!”
Read Kelis’ full interview here.
Last fall we told you that after 11 years of marriage, the wife of Outkast rapper Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Sherlita Patton, filed for divorce. Her reason for wanting out of the marriage has not been made public as of yet, but whatever the reason, it doesn’t appear that the split is going to be an easy task.
As previously reported, Sherlita has filed for sole custody of their youngest child (they have another who is 18 years old). But TMZ is reporting that he’s fighting Sherlita on her request for full custody, insisting that the child would best benefit from joint physical and legal custody.
Child support doesn’t seem like it will present a problem, as the 39-year-old says that he’s willing to shell out whatever the State of Georgia requires him to pay in child support. Alimony, however, appears to be a rather different story. In recently filed court documents, Big’s legal team points out that Sherlita is fairly young, in good health and well-educated. In other words, she’s perfectly capable of holding down a job like the rest of us and because of that, he’s not trying to cut those alimony checks.
We’re not sure what to say about their feud over alimony, but we do hope that they can come to some sort of agreement regarding the custody of their child.
Though this is generally a season where we hear about a ton of new engagements and the coming together of couples, former “Young and the Restless” actress Victoria Rowell, 54, seems to be moving in the opposite direction.
According to TMZ, Victoria’s husband, Radcliffe Bailey, 44, recently filed for divorce. By the looks of the couple’s settlement papers, the divorce will be pretty clean, as there are no children involved and the estranged couple signed an air-tight prenuptial agreement prior to exchanging vows.
“Each agrees that he or she shall not in any manner disturb, bother, harass or otherwise interfere with the other party,” reads an excerpt from the settlement.
Victoria and Radcliffe tied the knot back in 2009 during a ceremony in New Hampshire. During that same year, she told ESSENCE that they met through Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, LaTanya.
“LaTanya told me, ‘I’m going to introduce you to your husband.’ I simply said okay, but he caught my eye before I knew who he was,” revealed Victoria. “He waited to get me to sign a copy of my book and I was very impressed. When it was time to take a photo I slipped off my shoes because I didn’t want to be taller than my man.”
As for their 10-year age difference, neither of the two appeared to be bothered by it.
“I’ve always been an older soul; most of my good friends are 70-something,” Bailey admitted during the 2009 interview. “I don’t look at age, but I understand experiences and me and Vicki’s spirits are even in age. I never knew what a soulmate was until I met Vicki.”
An exact reason for why they have chosen to end their four-year marriage remains unknown. It’s unfortunate that they weren’t able to work things out, but maybe it’s for the best.