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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.
The divorce between retired NFL star, Deion Sanders and his estranged wife Pilar Sanders has got to be one of the ugliest in entertainment history. Both Deion and Pilar have made media headlines for all kinds of things since news broke that the two would be going their separate ways, from the ugly custody battle over their children to Pilar alleging that Deion was abusive to her during their relationship. According to Diary of a Hollywood Street King, the most recent addition to the saga is that Pilar allegedly cheated on Deion with a 22-year-old aspiring singer named Derrick ‘D-Jo’ Smith and an unnamed multi-platinum New York rapper. Pilar has since denied those claims, putting an axe to any speculations that she may have been unfaithful to Deion by taking a polygraph test in which she is questioned about her sexual conduct during her relationship. She exclusively released her results to RumorFix.
In the polygraph test, Pilar was asked some pretty intrusive questions including:
“Other than Deion during your marriage have you touched your v*g*n* to an other person?”
“Other than Deion during your marriage have you touched your mouth to an other man’s p*n*s?”
“Other than Deion during your marriage have you had sexual contact with an other person?”
To all of these questions Pilar replied “No”. The test results concluded that Pilar was telling the truth; however, I’m pretty sure there will still be some skeptics. In addition to the polygraph results, Pilar’s publicist Kali Bowyer also released a statement addressing accusations that Pilar cheated on Deion.
“This is a feeble attempt to discredit Pilar and/or anyone who even remotely takes her side or comes to her defense. It is obviously a desperate attempt to take the focus off Deion and the abuse my client endured throughout her marriage.”
“These attempts to defame and slander are just not something Pilar, nor our team will tolerate,” Bowyer went on to say before stating that the only unfaithful party in their marriage was Deion, who was actually accused of sleeping with a teenaged girl; however the validity of those accusations have yet to be proven.
I think it’s pretty horrible that things have come to this considering the two have been married for so long. Hopefully both Deion and Pilar will put an end to this drama soon and move on with their lives.
Flip to the next page if you’re nosy and interested in seeing a copy of the actual test results. What do you think of Pilar taking and releasing the results of her polygraph test?
He Tried To Kill Me: Pilar Sanders Exposes Details Regarding Alleged Abuse and Releases Domestic Violence Photos
Things have been getting extremely ugly between retired NFL star, Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar as their bitter divorce has not only left them fighting over their $250 million estate, but also custody of their three children. Last week, we reported that Pilar lost custody of their two sons and that she vowed to stop at nothing to get her boys back.
Since the couple’s huge blowout last year, both Deion and Pilar have made heavy accusations against one another. These accusations have ranged from mental and emotional abuse to infidelity. In an exclusive interview with Mara of Cherry Martinez’s Cherry On Top, Pilar addresses those allegations and more. Check out some of the interview’s highlights.
On Deion being abusive and domestic violence being common in NFL households:
Most recently, every picture on the web would show that my arm was broken and he busted my thumb in attempts to knock me out, kill me, yeah. And maybe, perhaps, people will believe it more so now, that, unfortunately, they were seeing this season. The very drastic increase of athletes, football players who snap, and unfortunately, take their lives and other people’s lives with them. It’s not that far off, it’s not uncommon among athletes. It’s very, very, very not uncommon when you speak with other NFL wives, football wives, athletes’ wives.
On being accused of “jumping” Deion with her friend:
You know what, I’m 129 pounds, okay. He has been trained all his life to play baseball and to attack people. Football, you’re running, you’re grabbing; it’s a very violent sport. What kind of sense would it make for me at 5’9?, 129 pounds to attack someone his size? That just doesn’t make sense. And for what? No, not at all.
On those alleged $10,500 child support checks she was receiving:
I was never, ever, ever once paid child support, at all. Never once. And I’ve seen his statement saying “and I have the canceled checks to prove it,” but he never showed it, now did he? He never showed you one of his canceled checks of child support that he’s paid, did he? Absolutely not, and he won’t because he hasn’t.
On her arrest being plotted by Deion and the Collin County Police:
When the police arrived to my home, they saw blood all over me, all over our floor, they saw blood and matter, just meat hanging from my hand. They removed me, they forced myself and my friend out of the home. That was wrong right there. So on so many counts, the police didn’t follow what they were suppose to do, but it was all planned. They had been there earlier that day, talked about it. I mean there is a tape where you can hear Deion telling the police these things.”
A person with any type of intellect or basic common sense would realize how low and desperate it looks to demean and verbally abuse your wife and mother of your three children of whom she has been raising period! If spending 14years of sharing your life building a family, creating and managing our family brand and business’ means I was “digging for Gold” then I guess that would make us both diggers wouldn’t it? Any digging done was us breaking ground together on our marital property in Prosper, Tx. And perhaps most recently by Mr. Deion Sanders reaching and grabbing for any kind of sheet or wool to pull over the media’s eyes,
It is unfortunate when a marriage goes south and parents begin squabbling over children. In Pilar Sanders’s case, it is very unfortunate since she seems to be the one losing these days.
New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that in a recent hearing, a Dallas judge ruled in favor of NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, revoking the temporary custody that his estranged wife Pilar had been granted for their two sons. The boys were reported to have been living with their father anyway. Pilar was however, able to retain custody of their daughter.
In addition to losing custody of her sons, the judge also decreased Pilar’s child support checks from $10,500 to $5,500 a month. Pilar of course, was not happy with this ruling and like many women who find themselves in ugly custody disputes with rich and famous men, she’s calling it an unfair fight because of Deion’s fame. Pilar’s publicist Kali Bowyer released a statement discussing this matter on behalf of her client:
“Pilar has become a victim of Deion’s celebrity status, which has swayed the courts and blinded justice . . . It has become evident at this point that there is an absolute prejudice against Pilar, and this has become a completely one-sided court circus.” “
The actress and model also openly expressed her feelings regarding the nasty custody battle she has found herself in.
“I am sad that Deion has been able to keep my boys away from me since Oct. 26 — no Halloween, no Thanksgiving — and now he is threatening to keep them away from me for Christmas. . . . He is using our innocent children as a pawn in this ugly, ugly divorce.”
She promises that she will continue to fight for the custody of her children and took to her Twitter page yesterday to express her dissatisfaction with the ruling. “Who protects mother and child?” she tweeted.
We agree that it is generally in the best interest of children to have both parents in their lives. We hope these two can come to an amicable agreement for the sake of their kids.
In this case, do you believe Pilar is a victim of Deion’s fame or is she just upset that the ruling wasn’t in her favor?
It seems that actress Halle Berry and ex-lover Gabriel Aubry have decided to put aside their differences and have reached an agreement that is in the best interest of their 4-year-old daughter Nahla.
Halle and Gabriel have been running back and forth to court since the Thanksgiving Day showdown occurred between Gabriel and Halle’s fiance Oliver Martinez in her driveway, which resulted in both men being treated in the emergency room for injuries sustained during the brawl and Gabriel eventually in police custody. Since the altercation, Halle was granted a temporary restraining order that prohibited Gabriel from coming within 100 feet of her, Oliver, and Nahla. The temporary order expired Tuesday and Halle sought to make it permanent. Gabriel wasn’t having it, as the order would have ultimately kept him from seeing his child, so the two have been duking it out in family court ever since. Until yesterday, that is. It is being reported by E! News that after two days of courtroom drama, the two have put an end to the ugly custody dispute.
While exact details of the agreement have not been revealed, Halle’s attorney, Blair Berk is said to have passed E! News a handwritten note after emerging from the courtroom that read:
“The parties have reached an amicable agreement. There will be no further statement on the matter.”
I’m sure Halle and Gabriel are both letting out huge sighs of relief as it looked like this could get extremely ugly(ier) and appeared as if the situation had the potential to drag on forever. Hopefully the two will continue to work together with Nahla’s best interest always being first priority since she is the one who is most effected by their constant disputing and attempts at hurting each other. One source even shared with US Weekly that they seemed to be using Nahla as a “pawn” and that she was suffering because of it. Hopefully these parents have seen the error of their ways.
Do you believe Halle and Gabriel have put the drama behind them?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
On Monday we told you how the custody battle between reality television star Royce Reed and NBA player, Dwight Howard over their son Braylon had taken a bizarre turn as Royce filed a motion petitioning for Dwight to be made financially responsible for her legal bills because she could no longer afford them and had already racked up a tab for $44,113.50 that is expected to increase by another $60K. Her reasoning behind filing this motion was that Dwight’s healthy bank account would allow him to easily hire an army of lawyers, which would force her to drop out of the case because she could no longer afford to pay her attorneys.
Her claim that Dwight’s ability to “outspend” her made the battle an unfair fight left many looking at her with the side eye just because it seemed unreasonable for her to ask for Dwight to foot the bill for his oppositions defense against him in court; however Royce took to her Twitter page to address the critics.
“We will never struggle… Period! Braylon will always have the best! That’s what I fight for!”
“Mom Law: My son deserves the best & rather than take food out his mouth, the roof from over his head, an education, extracurricular activities, great Birthdays & Christmases, the smile off his face, I WILL file necessary motions. Judge that if u live in a Glass House!”
Royce’s extreme mommy instincts seem to be kicking in as she appears to be doing all that she possibly can to win this battle against Dwight who is battling her for sole custody of their son. The judge handling the case has yet to make a decision as to whether or not Dwight should be responsible for Royce’s legal bills, but for the sake of Braylon, we hope the two-year custody battle ends soon. Possibly instead of fighting for sole custody to spite one another, the two could reach some sort of joint custody agreement.
What do you think of Royce’s response?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @JazmineDenise