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Calling It Quits: Melanie Griffith And Antonio Banderas Divorce

June 6th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s always so sad to see a marriage end. And even though it tends to happen quite often in Hollywood, when a couple has put in so many years, you start to assume they’re going to make it.

Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case with Melanie Griffith and her husband of 18 years Antonio Banderas.

Griffith’s legal documents cite irreconcilable differences as the cause.

The documents filed by noted divorce attorney Laura Wasser show that Griffith is seeking child support and sole physical custody of the couple’s only child together Stella, though she’ll turn 18 in September.

Griffith is also seeking spousal support.

Though the documents don’t list a date of separation, sources close to the two say their divorce is amicable, though they may have problems splitting the property. They have a lot of real estate in both Spain and the U.S.

Sadly, this is Griffith’s fourth divorce and Antonio’s second.

 

Jennifer Williams To Appear On E!’s ‘True Hollywood Story: Reality Ex Wives’

May 21st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Jennifer Williams to appear on 'True Hollywood Story: Reality Ex Wives' to discuss marriage and split from estranged husband, Eric Williams.

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She may no longer be a cast member on VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” but Jennifer Williams is far from done with reality TV. Last March, we told you that the long-legged beauty was in the process of developing her very own reality show with “Love & Hip Hop” visionary Mona Scott-Young. It’s unclear when the series will debut, but in the meantime, fans can catch the former “Basketball Wives” star tomorrow night on E! Williams announced earlier today that she will be appearing on “True Hollywood Story: Reality Ex Wives”.

Jennifer Williams to appear on 'True Hollywood Story: Reality Ex Wives' to discuss marriage and split from estranged husband, Eric Williams.

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According to TV Guide, the episode will profile “reality stars who have split up.” During the one-hour special, the ladies will discuss “how the pressures of appearing on television affected their marriages, plus the trials and tribulations they faced off-camera” will be explored.

“Five of Tinseltown’s most infamous ex-wives will share personal stories about their high-profile relationships and unleash the drama behind their very public divorces,” E! Online further explains.

Joining Williams for the special will be Courtney Stodden (Doug Hutchison), Linda Hogan (Hulk Hogan), Adrianne Curry (“My Fair Brady”) and Countess Luann De Lesseps (“The Real Housewives of New York”). As previously stated, “True Hollywood Story: Reality Ex Wives” is set to air Thursday, May 22 at 8/7c.

Sounds interesting. Will you watch?

 

Lamar Sally Wanted To Add Sex, Fitness And Submission Amendments To Sherri Shepherd Prenup

May 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just after Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally signed their prenuptial agreement back in 2011, Lamar reportedly wanted to amend the agreement. According to TMZ, the amendment included clauses about fitness, sex and submissiveness. A few of those alterations read as follows:

– “I respect my husband’s opinions and recognize him as the leader of our home. I will always speak well of my husband.”

— “I enjoy having sex with my husband. I crave intimacy with him and want to be uninhibited and free in our lovemaking.”

— “MY BODY IS IMPORTANT TO ME. I STRIVE TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT AND EXERCISE AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK.” (HIS emphasis)

— “It is my joy to submit to my husband as a way to honor God.”

Sherri, of course, rejected amended prenup, but it’s pretty odd that he’d try to get those things in writing. Lamar recently responded to reports regarding the amendded prenup and although TMZ obtained a copy of the amendment in question, he’s insiting that never wanted Sherri to sign it.

“I did not want her to sign an amendment to our prenup,” he said.

This guy…

Ex-Husband Paints Sherri Shepherd As A Neglectful Mom In Custody Battle For 9-Year-Old Son

May 16th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It looks like Sherri Shepherd’s custodial problems are extended beyond her impending divorce from estranged husband, Lamar Sally, who is already requesting custody of their unborn son. According to TMZ, Sherri is also being taken to court by her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tarpley, over custody of their 9-year-old special needs son.

Jeffrey filed an emergency custodial request back in April, asking to modify their current custody arrangement. He stated in court documents that he wants full custody. In his filing, he insisted that Sherri’s demanding work schedule has caused her to be a neglectful mother who consistently leaves their son in the care of “unskilled nannies.” He went on to say that as a result of Sherri’s absence, his son is still reading at a 2nd-grade level, wears Velcro shoes because he can’t tie his laces, is falling behind in school and is suffering from low self-esteem.

The accusations don’t end there though. Jeffrey also alleges that hygiene has become an issue for the child because Sherri has failed to teach him how to properly care for himself. He expressed that while he would like be around to help out with the boy, he lives in California, so it’s impossible for him to be there on a consistent basis because Sherri lives in New Jersey. He also says that there’s no way he can undo the damage that Sherri has already done to their son during his short visits, which is why he wants Jeffrey Jr. to come and live with him full-time. We should also note that Jeffrey Sr. made his custody filing before Sherri’s current husband Lamar Sally filed his.

Sherri has responded to Jeffrey Sr.’s request and according to Sherri, he’s an absentee parent who does not deserve to be a part of his son’s life. A family court judge denied the emergency request, but set a hearing date for July to settle the dispute.

Things aren’t looking so good for our girl right now.

The Real Reason Sherri Shepherd Isn’t Tripping Over Husband’s Custody Requests

May 15th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The battle is on between Sherri Shepherd and estranged husband, Lamar Sally. Last week, many of us were shocked to learn that Lamar filed for divorce from the “View” co-host after less than three years of marriage. In his divorce petition, not only did Lamar request spousal support and full custody of their unborn child, but he also demanded that their prenuptial agreement be considered void because of fraud. While the world looked on, anticipating some sort of frantic response from Sherry, for a while, they got nothing. Days after his filing, she quietly filed for divorce as well—without acknowledging his request for custody of the unborn child, which their surrogate is scheduled to deliver this summer.

Some thought it was a little odd that Sherri didn’t mention the baby in her filing. But thanks to TMZ, we now know why. In her divorce petition, Sherri simply requested that her prenuptial agreement be upheld. And at this point, that’s probably all she needed to do. You see, per Sherri’s prenup, the baby will automatically be placed in the custody of Sherri to live with her and her son, Jeffrey, once he’s born. That’s right, she gets full physical custody.

And as previously reported, the newly leaked details of Sherri’s prenup also reveal a possible theory as to why Lamar is fighting tooth and nail to have the prenup thrown out. Per the agreement, if the couple remained married for two to five years, Lamar automatically gets $60,000. He more than likely wants way more than that.

At this point, I think it’s safe to say the gloves are off.

 

Smokey Robinson Still Fighting With Ex-Wife In Court Nearly 30 Years After Divorce

May 13th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Motown singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson still fighting with ex-wife in court, Claudette Rogers Robinson, 30 years after divorce.

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When it comes to Smokey Robinson, the words “cheaper to keep her” take on a whole new meaning. According to Radar Online, the legendary singer and songwriter is still paying for divorcing his ex-wife, Claudette Rogers-Robinson, nearly thirty years after their 1985 split.

This past March, the 74-year-old filed a lawsuit against Claudette, insisting that per the 1976 Copyright Act, she no longer owns the music copyright and royalty rights that she was awared in their divorce settlement.

“As the sole author of the musical compositions at issue, [Smokey] has the exclusive right…to terminate his assignments of copyrights after a certain number of years,” Smokey’s legal team argues in court documents. “[He] has properly issued termination notices for all currently-eligible copyrights.”

But Claudette is apparently prepared for a fight. The former Mircales singer claims that she’s is still very much entitled to 50% of all earnings resulting from the music Smokey produced between 1958 and 1985. According to Claudette’s legal team, Smokey “assigned [Claudette] a one-half interest in the Community Musical Compositions, and no termination right is available under the Copyright Act with respect to that assignment.” She’s demanding a trial by jury.

Can you imagine still going back and forth to court with an ex from 30 years ago? Good grief!

 

You Are NOT The Father! Should Step-Parents Have A Right to Stay In A Child’s Life After A Divorce?

May 11th, 2014 - By Brooke Dean
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I once read an article about Jenny McCarthy where she stated that her famous ex Jim Carrey is no longer close to her son now that they’ve broken up. Jenny has a son from a previous marriage who Carrey became very close to during their five-year relationship, which ended in 2010. Fast forward to 2014 and McCarthy is now engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. I’m guessing…or maybe hoping…that Wahlberg’s relationship with her son is just as close, if not closer than the one he shared with Carrey, but child/step-parent relationships can be very complex. Which brings me to this question: Should step-parents be allowed, or required, to stay in a stepchild’s life even after a breakup or divorce?

Some step-parents who have divorced someone with a child might not care if they no longer have contact with the child depending on what that relationship was like. The child might not be extremely affected either, especially if he never really became attached to his step-parent in the first place. But what about the kids who grew up with a step-parent who treated him like his/her own and now has to separate from that parent? The devastation could be the same as if he were separating from a biological parent. And if the couple shared a biological child, then a stepchild might also suffer from the possibility of becoming separated from a sibling that he’s bonded with.

Then there’s a case like Jenny McCarthy, where she’s now moved on to a new guy who will be in her son’s life. Perhaps Jim Carrey felt that it would be best to distance himself from her child because he knew that one day she’d move on to someone else who would play a fatherly role. And if Carrey is dating someone new himself, would she take kindly to him staying in his ex’s life by remaining close to her son? I think a case can be made that if a couple doesn’t share a biological child, and were never married, then there’s no reason for an ex to remain in your life period for the sake of child that doesn’t belong to the both of them.

So what is the protocol in situations like this one? My guess is that there is no set rule when it comes to step-parent/child relationships since none are exactly the same. It would depend on the bond that was developed…or not. And it would also depend on how the relationship ended between the parents, and the maturity level of the adults involved as well.

Marrying someone with children is not a decision to make lightly when there’s a possibility that you’d have a huge impact on a child. If that child lives with a step-parent, then that person will be in a position to help raise a child, mold him and shape his views and outlook on life. If the child bonds with the step-parent, then the relationship becomes independent of the biological parent, therefore making a breakup very painful. In this case, both adults should give proper attention to the impact their divorce would have on the child. This is where maturity makes all the difference.

It would be a biological parent’s legal right to keep his or her child away from a step-parent in the case of a divorce (unless that step-parent has legally adopted the child or has been granted custody), but if he or she sees that it’s hurting the child, then the best thing to do in that situation is remain cordial with your ex so that the child can maintain contact if he or she wants to. The step-parent should also keep that door open should the child still crave his or her love, attention and guidance. While a step-parent may not be able to demand visitation for a child that isn’t biologically his/hers, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to request some time together if a bond has developed over years that would be no different than if the two shared DNA.

If the child is of an age where he or she can express themselves freely, then consider their feelings in the breakup and ask them what they’d like to do. Some may be so young that they can’t properly express their desires without upsetting either parent, in which case the parents should use their best judgement as to what is in the child’s best interest. But if you’re dealing with teenage children, then they can continue the relationship with the step-parent or let it drift away. In this case, a biological parent should just step aside and allow your ex to come to his games or his graduation and support the child together. And ideally, isn’t that what one would want? After all, more love is always better.

Meet Me At The Courthouse: Sherri Shepherd’s Husband Files For Divorce

May 9th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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We are sad to report our favorite girl from the “The View,” Sherri Shepherd will soon be a divorcee. Her husband of almost three years, Lamar Sally, reportedly filed for divorce on May 2. TMZ reports, the couple did not have children and were married in Chicago, August 2011.

TMZ also notes:

Lamar is being represented by Mark Vincent Kaplan … who famously represented Kevin Federline during his divorce from Britney Spears.

This was Shepherd’s second marriage; her first ended in 2009 after eight years of together. Shepherd learned her ex-husband, Jeff Tarpley who is the father of her son Jeffrey, had an affair. So far there’s no word on why Lamar filed the papers. We reached out to a rep for Sherri Shepherd but didn’t receive a response. We’re sending positive thoughts toward Sherri’s way!

 

Uh Oh! T.I. Discusses Marital Problems In New Song

May 6th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Man…some of y’all swear that T.I. and Tiny aren’t going through something. The couple themselves, claim they’re cool. But after that very public argument at the Grammys, we’ve been watching them…closely. There are the randoms on Instagram, which Tiny personally handled, the beach booty shots that T.I. didn’t like and most recently the news that he purchased another house…to be closer to the studio.

Now, there seems to be more incriminating evidence that would seem to suggest The Family Hustle couple is on the outs with one another right now. T.I. recently released his remix to Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst” and the lyrics seem to be aimed directly at his wife Tiny, addressing all of the stories we just linked to above.

Well maybe I’ma just go spend $4 mill on crib…
All the kids wanna know where they little brother’s at
Got damn I ain’t even told my mother yet.
Yeah, I know I was clowning
I know you wasn’t just going to take that laying down and
I’ll be the first to say it, I was dead wrong…
But if it isn’t worth shooting my in the head don’t
take to social to try me
Putting folk all in our BI all on IG
Nah, I don’t believe it, I don’t wanna see it
Maybe I wake up tomorrow it’ll be deleted
You out the country in bikinis on beaches
While I’m in the studio doing features like…

Hmm…sounds pretty damning to me. I mean, who else could he be talking about? The only thing I could see though, is that this is all a hoax, a verse to make fun of all the rumors that are surrounding the couple right now. But I don’t know…

Anyway, you can take a listen to the entire song here and let us know what you think? What’s going on with these two?

‘Everyone Acts Like I’m The Only Person Who Ever Filed For Divorce:’ Kelis Talks Nas Split & Dating Post Divorce

May 1st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kelis Rogers has been a busy bee these days. In addition to releasing her new album, “Food,” she is also the star of a new show on The Cooking Channel titled “Saucy & Sweet.” While promoting her projects in New York City, the singer-turned-chef stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club where she discussed her split from Nas, dating post divorce and the nasty rumors, which have been floating around about her.

“I went to culinary school about four years ago. I love to cook. Everything just kind of came together,” she explained. “Between music and food, it all just kind of comes together anyway. At a good party, there’s always food and music. I have been doing music for so long, I just felt like doing something else and challenge myself. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I had a great time.”

The singer also discussed what separates her from other artists and why there’s usually such a long period of time between music releases.

“I don’t really get low, I just don’t rush stuff out the way people do. Like, I usually put an album out every three to four years. I tour it, make money, hang out. I have a kid, so you know, I like to live my life.”

As for what her current relationship with ex-husband, Nas, is like, Kelis says they’re in a positive place.

“We’re good,” she confessed. “Everyone acts like I’m the only person who ever filed for divorce. It happens.”

“At the end of the day, we were married for a fairly long time. We have a child together. And that is what it is.”

Though the former hip hop power couple has been divorced since 2010, talk of their split was reignited two summers ago when Nas released the art work for his 2012 album, “Life Is Good,” in which he posed with what appeared to be Kelis’ signature green wedding dress.

“It was the slip the to petticoat of my dress [that he posed with],” Kelis clarified. “I actually have my dress and it’s fabulous. It looks nothing like what’s on the cover.”

The 34-year-old mom also says that she has been dating since the divorce four years ago and admits that she has run into a few suitors who appeared to have the potential to sweep her off of her feet like Nas once did.

“I’m actually in a really good place right now. It’s nice. My son is four, actually he’ll almost be five. So everything is kind of settled, I’m in my mommyhood. I feel good. I got an album out and I feel like I can sort of do that… you know, date and take it easy.”

She adds that a man with a sense of humor is always a plus—and height doesn’t hurt either.

“I like to laugh. I think that’s always the easiest thing for a woman. You know, find someone who makes you laugh and it’s like, okay.”

“I think it should be easy and it shouldn’t be complicated. We’re adults and it shouldn’t take a lot of explanations and sort of like, making it work. It either does or it doesn’t.”

Kelis also discussed those ugly rumors that her son isn’t actually by Nas.

“I never heard that one, actually,” she revealed. “To be honest, I don’t listen to a lot of stuff about me. I don’t read a lot of stuff about me. It doesn’t impact how I live my day. I’m sure there’s stuff out there, people say stuff.”

Watch Kelis’ full interview on the next page.