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Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had to watch quite a few custody battles play out in the public eye. For reasons ranging from funny money and poor behavior, we were shocked when news came out that these famous men were granted primary and sole custody of their children over the mothers of their kids. Here are a few examples that definitely had people talking.
The never ending court battle between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry just took an interesting turn.
According to TMZ, Halle Berry has proof that her ex-boyfriend bleached and damaged their daughter’s hair. A forensic consulting lab by the name of Mictrotrace found the evidence. The site claims,
The company analyzed the hair and concluded there was evidence it was chemically treated. The lab went on to say the repeated use of chemicals took their toll, writing there was “extensive damage … likely the cumulative effect of repeated exposure to numerous gentle bleaching treatments.”
A judge ruled that neither Halle nor Gabriel could touch Nahla’s hair. However this evidence may be the missing piece Berry needs to reduce her child support payments to Gabriel. Berry reportedly pays $16,000 a month to Gabriel.
According to TMZ, Master P just lost custody of the four children under 18 that he has with Sonya Miller. It wasn’t because he was an unfit father, or deemed unstable–it’s because the rapper decided not to show up to court at all…
Sonya was given sole physical and legal custody of 9-year-old Mercy, 13-year-old Hercy, 14-year-old Italy, and 17-year-old Tytyana. Because he didn’t show up to court (and it’s unclear why), he will have to pay sanctions for being a no-show, and cover Sonya’s hefty legal costs, which are $75,000.
Despite the millions Master P is worth, Sonya claimed early on in their divorce/custody battle that she was on food stamps because he had left her with a whole lot of nothing. But both Master P and their oldest son, Romeo, tried to claim that she needed to get her life together and is on drugs.
Master P recently issued a statement that said this about Sonya’s past allegations:
I haven’t been with this person in over 7 years. She has had several boyfriends since then. I take great care of all of my kids, all of their needs are being met in an abundance. I come from the ghetto, I changed my life but she didn’t want to grow with me so we’re not together. If Sonya supposedly helped me start any of my companies including No Limit, wouldn’t she be capable of creating some type of income in the last seven years besides turning to welfare?”
Educated business people don’t think like that even in hard times. Stevie Wonder could see through this publicity stunt. This is hilarious. All I ask is that she take a drug test in the next two weeks and pass it. I will give her everything I have. The four minors she says she needs help with, three of them are with me, this makes no sense. I’m tired of sugarcoating and hiding the truth of ungrateful people that I’ve been taking care of for so many years. If she’s that great of a businesswoman like she claims, she should be able to do it again for herself.
And Romeo said this about his mother to TMZ:
“Honestly, I love my mom to death, but I mean — we gotta just work out some things. She gotta be a better parent, you know. If she was a better parent should could have everything. She gets everything regardless.”
But despite all these claims, and even having his kids get on video and say why they would prefer to live with him instead of Sonya, Master P still didn’t do what he needed to. If she’s as bad as they all say, why not show up and fight for custody? No comment from him about the ruling as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
“They Always Try To Use My Babies Against Me”: Kevin McCall Speaks On Custody Drama With Eva Marcille
We told you last week that because of the huge argument Eva Marcille and Kevin McCall engaged in at the end of March (which allegedly included doors violently being kicked down), McCall was denied visitation temporarily of baby Marley. Marcille’s people put out a statement about how the model and actress was dealing with the situation, saying, “It is unfortunate that life has thrown a curve Into Eva’s life but as a responsible parent and adult she’s taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of their child and herself.” The father of two little girls, McCall seems to have a close-knit bond with both of his children, showing them off on Instagram and displaying photos of their time spent together. He recently took to Instagram to vent about not being able to see his youngest daughter.
McCall took down the picture of Marley, and his statement on the very messy situation, soon after putting it up.
Initially, when Eva Marcille filed a restraining order against McCall after the incident happened, days later, she posted a picture on Instagram of them together with their child, and she made it seem like all was well. As we now know, things are far from that.
But what do you think about what he had to say about people using “my babies against me”?
Move over Usher and Tameka Raymond, Tyrese’s ex-wife seems like she might be able to give that pair a run for their money in terms of bitter celebrity custody battles.
According to TMZ, Tyrese and his ex, Norma Gibson, are in the middle of a child custody dispute, and as part of her ammunition Norma has filed court documents flat out calling Tyrese a bad dad. Referring to Tyrese’s trip to L.A. to visit the crash site of Paul Walker’s death, Norma says her ex-husband should’ve stuck around to spend time with their 6-year-old daughter while he was in town, especially since “Fast & Furious 7″ was put on hold. Instead, she claims, 35-year-old Tyrese chose to go “”gallivanting throughout Dubai … staying in expensive hotels … partying on yachts, sky-diving with other movie stars, driving expensive cars, and making special appearances in night clubs,” rather than spend time with his child.
Tyrese, of course, is denying all of this, alleging that his ex is using Paul Walker’s death to shame him. Sources close to him also back up his claim, saying Tyrese went to Dubai on business — business that included four gigs he ironically needed in order to earn money to pay child support.
According to TMZ, things may just be heating up between these two as they will be heading to court later this month to try and convince a court-appointed child evaluator each of them is the better parent. We’ll definitely keep you posted on how that goes.
What do you think about all this?
Over the years, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has taken a lot of hits off the court about his personal life, including his fight for custody of his children, the alleged way he treated his ex-wife and his current relationship with actress Gabrielle Union. Now, he’s finally ready to discuss it…well, a little bit.
In the June 2013 issue of Jet magazine, Dwyane Wade takes time to discuss his role as a father and in the midst of that, he reveals bits and pieces of what his relationship is like now with the boys’ – Zaire, age 11, and Zion, age 5 – mother, Siovaughn Funches:
Why he fought so hard for custody of his children:
“I didn’t set out to get full custody but I wasn’t able to see my kids the way I wanted and I’m not a parent who’s going to run away from his responsibilities. I was probably a terrible husband, but I pride myself on being a good dad.”
The state of his relationship now with Siovaughn:
“It’s been six years and hopefully one day she and I can get to the point where it’s a lot easier than it is now to co-parent.”
It should come as no surprise that they don’t get along: Funches allegedly claimed Wade gave her an STD and he’s allegedly called the police on her for not bringing their children back to him on time. The two were together for many years, since they were both teenagers, so there are likely some very hurt feelings still involved.
You can pick up the June 2013 issue of Jet when it hits newsstands May 27th.
Siohvaughn Funches-Wade Says Dwyane Wade Isn’t Paying What He Owes Her, And Claims That She’s Still Being Kept From Her Sons
Somebody needs to call Iyanla, because the messiness between Dwyane Wade and Siovaughn Funches-Wade that keeps playing out in public needs to get fixed for the sake of their sons. Funches-Wade spoke with the site Jocks and Stiletto Jill about the state of her life now, and she claims that reported monetary settlements never really happened, and that she’s behind on her mortgage and has no car insurance because the money he allegedly owes her hasn’t been given. She also opened up about trying to pursue a law degree and why she says Wade is trying to “control” her. Here are some of the most interesting tidbits from the interview:
Jill: Is there a discrepancy between what you are receiving from Dwyane each month as part of your divorce settlement and what has been reported? There were reports of you receiving $1 million plus $25K a month in spousal support.
SFW: There has been no settlement PERIOD. Not even close to the $25k a month reported either. As a matter of fact, Mr. Wade is frequently late on the items he is supposed to pay for. I’ve recently received a noticed about the mortgage on my Chicago home being behind $75,000 and my car insurance has been canceled.
Jill: Ok, so why aren’t you working?
SFW: I’m currently in law school, the course doesn’t really allow for me to have a full time job.
Jill: Has law school always been a goal or did this come following the issues you’ve had with your lawyers during the case
SFW: It has always been something I wanted to do. I put my life on hold when Mr. Wade’s career took off. I raised our son. Even now Mr. Wade is practicing alienation with our children. He’s trying to prevent me from seeing my son’s on Mother’s Day this weekend. Usually the boys fly to Chicago to spend it with me but this year Mr. Wade wants to change that.
Jill: That’s interesting considering the Heat play the Bulls this weekend in Chicago. Why do you think he wants to alienate your sons from you. What is the all the “animosity” stemming from?
SFW: It’s about control. He wants to control me, that’s what abusers do. And it’s about money. He wants to create the image of a good family guy for his sponsors, he’ll do anything for money.
Jill: Do you think there is a way that you and Dwyane can come together and co-parent without being so reliant on courts and lawyers? If yes, what are those steps in your mind? If he retains custody, would you consider moving back to Miami to be closer to your sons?
SFW: Move to Miami for what? He won’t let me see my sons now so there’s no reason to believe he would if i was in Miami full time. And it’s reached a point now where my oldest son doesn’t want to visit at all. My youngest has been told I don’t want to see them. The other day he got on the phone with me and said he was told that I didn’t want to come see him. I have finals, I’m trying to grow as a person. Mr. Wade is vindictive and he’s trying to turn my sons against me.
I paid out of my own pocket for a mediator to try to resolve the issues. The session was set and Mr. Wade just didn’t show up. No excuse, no call. I’ve made the effort.
According to Jocks and Stiletto Jill, Funches-Wade also stated that Wade has retaliated against her multiple times for doing interviews by dragging her back to court and by trying to file suit to make her go back to work. She’s upset about this because she says that he knows that will impact her ability to finish Law school first. It’s all a shame, but at the same token, this expectation for Dwyane to still pay for everything for her and the way it seems that she’s feeling entitled just sitting back waiting for bills to be paid comes off kind of backwards. But I hope that she can keep the relationship she has with her boys and that Wade isn’t restricting that. But only Siovaughn, Dwyane, and God knows what’s really the truth and what’s really going on with these two…
Last week reported that after a lengthy custody battle, a judge awarded Deion Sanders primary custody of his two sons. And now, we’ve just learned that the retired football star has also been granted custody of his 9-year-old daughter, whom he also shares with estranged wife, Pilar. This appears to be the final blow for the model because while she fought for her husband for custody of the boys, she retained custody of their daughter.
Pilar’s camp tells RumorFix that she was caught off guard by the decision and wasn’t aware that she lost custody until she went to pick her daughter up from school.
“Pilar’s legal team was caught completely off guard. She found out as she was driving up to pick up her daughter at school today. The whole thing is unbelievable. She has been a stay at home mother all there children’s lives,” said one of her reps.
Pilar’s publicist, Kali Bowyer struck back in the media, suggesting that the judge presiding over the case was somehow corrupted.
“Unbelievable. Whose payroll is this judge on? Certainly not the taxpayers.,” Bowyer told the NY Post.
The mother of three took to her Twitter to express her disappointment about how things went down.
She also vowed to be the voice for other mothers who have “unjustly” lost custody their children.
According to reports, the courts have arranged for Pilar to see her children every Thursday for two hours and on the first, third and fifth weekends of every month, she’ll have the children from Thursday to Sunday.
What do you think of the court’s decision to grant Deion primary custody of his daughter?
Yesterday we told you that television producer and girlfriend of Deion Sanders, Tracey E. Edmonds testified in the seemingly never-ending child custody case between Deion and his estranged wife Pilar. Today it was announced that the courts finally reached a decision. According to TMZ, Deion was granted full custody of the couple’s two sons, who are 11 and 13. Pilar and Deion will share custody of their 9-year-old daughter.
Deion quickly took to his Twitter page to celebrate his victory.
“GOD IS SO GOOD AND FAITHFUL! !!! GOD IS SO WONDERFUL! TRUTH,” he tweeted.
“Thank all of you whom prayed for me and my children. The Truth is what it is. Never doubt God! Truth”
Meanwhile, Pilar thanked her supporters, despite her loss.
“Thank U So Much 2 Every1 Who Has Supported n Prayed 4 Me & My Babies! 4 Those Who Came 2 Tell The TRUTH Thank U 4 Not Being Bullied Down,” she tweeted.
“I’ve never seen anything like this! WOWOWOW!”
She also tweeted a cryptic message to Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor Omar Jahwar, accusing them of committing unspecified, but underhanded deeds. Many believe it has something to do with her custody battle.
We’re not 100% sure what that’s about, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted. So far there has been no word from Bishop Jakes or his representatives.
Are you shocked by the outcome of the case? What do you think of the shot Pilar took at Bishop Jakes and Pastor Omar Jahwar?
Almost two months ago, we reported on a heart-wrenching story about a Texas man who found himself in the midst of a very bitter, rather emotional custody battle with complete strangers after his wife put his infant daughter up for adoption without informing him. Back in 2010, Terry Achane and his pregnant wife, Tira Bland were experiencing some pretty serious marital problems. Achane left town for a few months to take a temporary job out of state, but expected to return to Texas a new father. Ten days following his departure, Bland went into labor prematurely and gave birth to a baby girl. With the help of the Adoptive Center of Choice, the child was placed in the care of an adoptive family.
Terry returned to Texas devastated to learn what Bland had done. He’s been in the midst of a complicated custody battle with his daughter’s adoptive family ever since. Until now, that is. ABC News is reporting that after almost two years of fighting for custody of his baby girl Leah, Terry Achane has finally gotten his wish. This past weekend, Terry was united with Leah for the first time since her mother gave birth to her 22 months ago.
“I’m just happy right now. I’m with my daughter. It’s about time,” the drill sergeant told ABC.
Darold McDade, the Utah judge who ruled in favor of Achane in a prior hearing, ordered the child’s adoptive family to return her to her biological father immediately. He went on to express that he was “astonished and deeply troubled” by the underhanded actions of the agency that handled this adoption. The child’s adoptive family and the agency were aware that Achane had no knowledge of the adoption, yet they proceeded with it anyway.
“This is the first known case where the Utah State Supreme Court has removed a child from an [adoptive parent’s] home and returned the child to the … legal father,” expressed Achane’s lawyer.
Jarred and Kristi Frei, Leah’s adoptive family, who spent about $25,000 to adopt her, fought tooth and nail to keep Leah in their family, stating that she was sent to them by God.
Terry says now that the battle is over, potty training and learning to comb hair are next on his to-do list. The final hearing for this case will be in March. Despite the ugly custody battle, Terry is open to allowing the Freis’ to visit Leah. He expressed that they took good care of his daughter and that he completely understands that they love her also.
Watch Terry express how excited he is to be united with his daughter on the next page.