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We all know breakups can be very difficult, especially when they happen in the public eye. There really is no blueprint to follow on how to handle yourself with dignity and tact. And in this age of social media, tea-spilling blogs and ever-present cameras, it’s hard to keep all those emotions private and in check at all times.
We saw that today with Ciara.
We all know the story of former lovers, rapper Future and singer Ciara. They were red hot for one another; sadly, after the birth of their son, they crashed and burned. And while things are certainly looking up in Ciara’s love life, (Heeey Russell!) there still seems to be a little bit of resentment there.
Today, in announcing the nominees for the Billboard awards, Ciara refused to speak her ex fiancé and father to her child’s name.
Check it out.
Ciara is so petty…so..soooo petty pic.twitter.com/tQSCRdTMpu
— Aaron Busby (@MrBusby4o8) April 11, 2016
She hit Future with that Voldemort treatment. Thankfully, her good buddy Ludacris was there to pick up the slack.
Naturally, we want to know what you think about this. It’s great for the internet but a part of me is giving her an “ok, girl.” I mean, she named her son Future. Nicknames aside, I’m sure she’s used to saying the name. Plus, nothing says I’m truly not over my ex, like I can’t speak his name. And as someone who’s newly engaged and in what appears to be a fulfilling relationship, she might want to clear her head and her heart first.
But, you never know what’s going behind the scenes. Future might be making her life a living hell. And it’s highly probable considering these two are still in court fighting a slander and libel case. Legally, she might not be able to say his name, in which case, what can you do?
What do you think about Ciara’s decision not to speak Future’s name?
We told you last week that rapper Ludacris and his wife Eudoxie welcomed their first child together. The little lady’s name is Cadence, and according to the rapper, he is very hands-on with his baby girl. He claims to be up taking care of the newborn at all hours of the night.
Luda shared his experiences and gave thanks to his fans in a video that he posted this past weekend:
“I want to thank everybody for your well-wishes on the new baby and, of course, my marriage. I wear this as a badge of honor! So shout out to the fans and all the overwhelming support from the followers and everybody. And yes, I am up every three hours with the baby. But in the meantime and in between times, I’m still working. This what I gotta do. I work. I work hard. I got people working with me. I’m here to let ya’ll know, man, the work doesn’t stop. As soon as you continue to build the family and continue to have more offspring, all it makes you want to do is work harder, get more money and ensure nothing but great success for everybody. So, love ya’ll. Thank you for the support. And I’ll continue working hard on behalf of not only my family, but yours too.”
Again, this is Eudoxie’s first child and Ludacris’ third. Cadence joins 1-year-old Cai Bella and 13-year-old Karma.
In 2013, Ludacris talked about being a protective dad while chatting with Ellen DeGeneres. At that time, he only had to worry about Karma, and he said that she was already talking about boys. He wasn’t having it.
“It’s bad because I’m extremely protective, and she just told me that she thought a boy at school was ‘cool.’ I said, ‘Well, what makes him cool?’ She said, ‘You know, he’s nice.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh God…I need his address, name, social security number, everything.’ Yeah, very overprotective.”
Now that he has three daughters to look after, you know Luda won’t play any games with these little boys…
Good luck to him and congratulations to Ludacris and Eudoxie on their bundle of joy, Cadence Gaelle!
This has been a huge week for celebrity births. On Tuesday, Fabolous and Chad Johnson both welcomed new additions to their families. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges’ wife, Eudoxie Bridges, gave birth to a baby girl this week as well.
The first-time mom took to Instagram earlier today to announce the arrival of her little princess.
“She is here #blessed #grateful,” the beauty captioned the photo.
Luda also acknowledged the birth of his third child on Instagram with a Throwback Thursday photo of Eudoxie as a baby.
Luda and Eudoxie tied the knot in 2014 and officially announced their pregnancy back in March. This is the couple’s first child together. Luda is also father to 13-year-old Karma Bridges and 1-year-old Cai Bella Bridges.
Ludacris and his beautiful wife, Exodie Mbouguiengue, are expecting their first child this summer, and daddy-hood has never looked better on the soon-to-be father of three. Yes, three!
As most Luda fans know, the Fast & Furious star has a teen daughter named Karma from a previous relationship, and most recently, during a break from Exodie, he impregnated a woman named Tamika Fuller, who now has a 13-month-old daughter with Luda named Cai Bella.
Earlier this year, Ludacris, born Chris Bridges, won full custody of baby Cai, after his lawyers successfully proved he’d be able to provide a better home environment for the toddler. But just two days ago, Fuller filed a new lawsuit against the rapper-turned-actor, asking appellate court officials to strip him of primary custody. We hope they are able to respectfully work this out and that the final outcome is the best possible outcome for baby Cai.
In much happier news, Ludacris and Exodie recently had their very own baby celebration at their “Secret Garden” themed baby shower. Exodie wore a gorgeous white Grecian gown with a flower band across her head, and was accompanied by not only her husband, but the likes of singers Monica – who is also Ludacris’ cousin – Destiny’s Child’s Letoya Luckett, who Exodie revealed will be the baby’s godmother, and reality start Gloria Govan, as well as Luda’s 13-year-old daughter.
Now that we’ve updated you on all things papa Luda, let us explain why he’s our MCM this week: because he is one dedicated daddy, and we absolutely love that.
Ludacris has always displayed his love for and close relationship with Karma, and, as mentioned above, fought tooth and nail to win full custody of daughter Cai to provide her the best upbringing possible. And, although that appears to be an ongoing fight, we are certain Ludacris won’t rest until he is able to care for his baby girl full-time. And, with his latest pregnancy with wife Exodie, he seems to be over the moon in love with both his lady and his baby!
To celebrate this very dedicated father, we have gathered 15 pictures of Ludacris for you all to peruse through and enjoy. Congratulations, Lu!
#ManCrushMonday: Rapper, Actor, Dad Ludacris
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has sole custody of their child, but Tamika Fuller is not finished yet. The story of the pair has been well told in the media, but that is only one part of the story. Even though a judge denied her a new trial, Tamika continues to press forward, taking on a GoFund Me account to help her sustain for fight for her daughter Cai Bella. Tamika hasn’t said a lot, but she has admitted that the ordeal has taken its toll on her. “My experience in the Atlanta court system fighting for custody of my daughter has almost destroyed me, but I won’t let that happen,” she said on her GoFundMe page. MommyNoire has an exclusive interview with a friend of Tamika and an associate of Luda named Yvette J. Yvette has been talking to us behind the scenes, but only now has she decided to speak up about the situation, particularly around Tamika’s state of being.
MommyNoire: First, what is Tamika’s state of mind?
Tamika is heartbroken. For the first two weeks after her child was taken away she needed physical help getting out of bed in the morning. She didn’t eat for three days straight. Me and her sister would come over and brush her hair, help her get ready. She was just lifeless.
Imagine going from sleeping with your baby for 15 months to not having her in your bed and knowing you would only see her eight or nine days out of the month for the next 16 or so years.
She experienced a deep depression from the separation and it doesn’t help that Chris won’t let her Facetime or talk with Cai during the week. She’s getting a little better but she only gets to see Cai one day a week and then on alternate weekends. Everytime Cai comes home all she wants to do is hug and cuddle as if she’s been deprived that all week. And every time Tamika drops her off at Chris’ gate she throws a fit. She drops her off at the gate because he doesn’t even want her to come to the house. I think it would be different if she felt Chris was devoted to Cai and she was getting everything she needed over there but that’s not the case.
There were lots of mixed feedback considering Tamika and Ludacris went to war in the media as well as the court systems. On top of that, we don’t often see men, even wealthy powerful ones, get full custody. Is there something we aren’t seeing or was Tamika just overpowered as she strongly suggested in her open letter?
Well first, if Tamika had her choice there would never have been a war in the court system or media. She never wanted to go to court, she was taken there by him. As far as the media there were so many untruths circulating about her that Chris’ camp had released from her being an unfit mother, to receiving 7,000 a month, to being a gold digger, etc. she really just wanted to clear up everything, so I don’t blame her for writing that essay or showing check stubs that Chris only made two payments of $1750, instead of the idea that she was making six figures a year off him. Who wants thousands of people in the world thinking you’re something you’re not? Unless you’ve gone through that you don’t know how frustrating it is. It’s easy to tell her to just go sit down and just let all these hurtful rumors continue to circulate and spread like wildfire, but it’s not happening to you.
As far as Chris winning custody, it was definitely about money and power.
First if you Google Ludacris and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, you’ll find at least 30 photos of them together, nobody should have that many pics with the mayor. He hired John Mayoue who was Usher’s lawyer. Everyone in Atlanta knows this lawyer has a 100 percent win record because he donates heavily to the judge’s campaigns and hangs out with them so they always side with him regardless of who has the best case, that’s why he has like a 100k retainer. Ludacris knew going into that trial he was going to win, you could just tell from his smug facial expressions. He seemed to enjoy every minute of tearing Tamika apart. There was so much dirt Tamika knew about Chris and she didn’t bring ANY of it up in court.
He is not remotely more fit to be a parent, the first judge knew it but had to recuse themselves because of conflict of interest with John Mayoue – surprise, surprise. With only three judges presiding over thousands of custody case files he has them all on lock, and at least some are more honorable than others by removing themselves from his cases. Chris slandered Tamika in court – subpoenaed her employment records, asked her for and brought up information going back to the 90s (and these cases are only supposed to focus on what is going on now and are only supposed to be concerned with the last three years of each parents life. That’s how far he had to go to find something.) They harassed her boss, her family, used the fact that she received food stamps briefly even though she qualified for at that time, I mean he went in for the kill, but again nothing that warranted having her child taken away. Where I’m from, judges don’t take primary custody away from mothers unless they’re like locking them in the basement, beating them with electrical cords and depriving them of food. It takes something really serious to tear a child away from their mother.
How was Tamika wronged in your opinion?
Having a court take away your daughter under the sole reasoning that you cut back to working part time after your maternity leave is unprecedented. And the other reasoning being something happened 20 years ago as a teenage mom, the idea that it would even play into this case. Imagine what Chris was doing 20 years ago – he was messing with gay porn stars (allegedly).
Who judges a 40-year-old woman by what she did when she was 18?
And there’s a million kids across the country whose grandparents help raise them, it’s not like she dropped her child off in the alley. Additionally, this case wasn’t about her eldest daughter it was about Cai, period. The judge just demeaned her. You can see on the video that was uploaded to YouTube when the judge said, “well you’re going to have to get a full time job Tamika and I don’t know what that will look like.” What the hell? Tamika has been working full time and overtime for the past two decades, but the judge couldn’t even visualize her having one?
I don’t fault her for not being able to go through with terminating the pregnancy just to please him. And remember this is a man that told Forbes he makes $12 million a year that’s $1 million a month. He is saying he can’t give Tamika $2000 a month? He would rather drag her through the mud and take the baby that he did not want. That’s like his phone bill, dude. I heard he pays $7000 a month to groom his dogs and $5000 to cut his grass.
Does this really say something about the court system and how it pits parents against each other?
Well, obviously custody cases pit parents against each other, they’re both fighting for the child and have to get dirty. The only difference is Tamika was fighting because she genuinely wanted her child.
Ludacris was playing a game. He never wanted that child, ever, from the time he begged her for an abortion to never even calling to ask how Cai was doing until the court trial began.
He just wanted to win and you can see from the messages leaked this has nothing to do with what’s best for Cai, it’s all about control. I mean how many times did he say in those messages: “I have primary custody I make decisions, you don’t.” That was totally about power, nothing else. He gets a kick out of just saying that, like: haha, you had that baby when I didn’t want you to and I took her from you and now if you want her to go to daycare you pay for it. Which is ridiculous because he first ridicules Tamika for not making enough then he rubs it in her face by way of daycare. This man gives hundreds of thousands to charities. Why is his own daughter’s daycare expense an issue for him?
How do you feel about Ludacris?
It’s not so much how I feel about him, it’s how I feel about Cai being with him. There are so many reasons she should have stayed with Tamika. Ludacris is always out of town, his wife won’t even touch the child. It came out in court that Eudoxie (Luda’s wife) actually admitted she would resent the baby.
What is the biggest misconception about Tamika?
There’s so many thanks to Ludacris’ PR team. Let’s see, that’s she’s a gold digger, she doesn’t work, she’s an unfit mother, she abandons children, dates drug kingpins, she thought this baby was a cash cow, I mean the list goes on. He has this lawyer who spends her entire days leaking untruths to the media, she gets a kick out of it and the more conflict between the two the more she gets paid. Like she spends all day on the comment boards trying to start negativity – I remember a few times she forgot to post anonymously. He also hired Your Virtual Assistants, an online media strategy company that has an entire team that monitors the online reputation of celebs, leaves tons of commentary under posts related to the celeb, etc. The idea that they could leak anything and it becomes truth. For instance, this rumor that Tamika’s eldest daughter’s father was a drug dealer. When she was with him he was a mechanic working at Sears trying to be a barber. Years down the road after they had broken up he may have got involved with illegal activities but if you read these comments you would think Tamika was literally hiding his heroin under the mattress.
What other things are you able to tell people that they may not know?
Tamika wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning after usually only getting four hours sleep. She drives an hour to an hour and a half to her job depending on the traffic then comes home to an empty house.
Cai’s bedroom is empty, she can’t even go in there anymore.
And on top of getting her baby taken away she has all these evil commenters and gossip bloggers just crushing her. All I know is there are a thousand razors up there waiting for these people.
Thank you for your time. Any final words?
If you want to help Tamika please consider donating to her GoFundMe she just filed her paperwork for her 501(c) to help other low income mothers and also needs money for her attorneys fees to try to appeal verdict. She’s steadily saving her money to show the judge she has enough income to support a child. The truth is she needs a new judge because there’s no way this judge tied into Mayoue will ever side in her favor. Even if you Google Judge Doris Downs you’ll see all the links about her corruption (Yvette shared the following links – here and here). Why she’s still a judge is beyond my comprehension. This same judge awarded a meth addict mother custody of her two kids in the trial immediately preceding Tamika’s, which translates to this was obviously a biased ruling….unless you think Tamika cutting back to working part time after her maternity leave is equivalent to using a schedule II controlled substance.
Guests included Luda’s teen daughter and proud big sister Karma Bridges, singers Monica Brown and LeToya Luckett, Monyetta Shaw, Laura Govan and a host of relatives and friends. The gorgeous shower was decked out with beautiful floral arrangements, a donut tree and plenty of other scrumptious-looking goodies.
The couple tied the knot last year following a brief engagement last December.
Check out more photos from the shower on the following pages.
These celebrity custody battles are certainly messy! With the likes of Damon Dash and Ludacris public custody battles we’re taking a look at just how many celebs have undergone the battle.
All images courtesy of WENN
15 Super Messy Celebrity Custody Battles
Before I read the letter, I was sympathetic towards Tamika Fuller.
As a mother, I can’t truly image having your child forcibly taken from you through the legalities of the court system. As natural nurturers, children need their mothers. They also need their fathers, but in a different way. Honestly, I didn’t believe that Ludacris would get sole custody of the child they share, but when he did, I wasn’t surprised.
The case quickly became a public fiasco and became a war. In war, money, strategy and influence seemingly (based on her assertion) trump good parenting. I was fortunate. I was prepared to go through a bloody custody battle and my ex and I decided to co-parent. As a man, I knew that the odds were stacked against me and my lawyer let me know. Others did too. The prevailing notion was that my ex would need to be a strung out drug addict with other registered ailments for me to get sole custody.
I know many of the statistics and others, not so much. One thing I do know is that the Unites States court system is war and in war, there are no rules. The only rule is “WIN.” The game is the game. To this day, people are resentful of Kelis, because she convinced a court that her ex husband, rapper Nas, should pay absorbent amounts of child support. Such is the plight of a rich man.
I really do feel for Tamika Fuller.
I also feel for a friend of mine, who is a dad that has been fighting for his kids for years. We recently caught up again and I realized his struggle was not over. (FYI: before this letter, I planned to bring his plight to light and I will shortly) He told me that, despite his objections, he was only permitted to see his kids once last year – for an hour. I saw the images on Facebook and welled with happiness, only to find out it was a farce. I’ve seen first hand the underhanded, cruel and torturous ways his ex-wife has treated him. We’ve traded some stories, but mine were light by comparison.
This is America and the system in its many incarnations, rips families to shreds. Tamika Fuller and Ludacris laid down together and made a child when he was on “a break” from his main squeeze, true love and new wife, Eudoxie. There was a lot of talk about co-parenting and not-playing-the media game. What if things worked in reverse? There would be no need for an open letter.
In closing, I pray that these two find a healthy balance because it is their child that will ultimately suffer. Do, I feel sorry for Tamika Fuller? Nobody felt anything for me. Nobody felt anything for my homeboy. And, quite frankly, there are scores of women with situations with men that dwarf hers. It seems like she’s now using stats and words like “patriarchy” because they serve her now. She simply lost. That is life. That is the system – winners and losers. We don’t want it like that, but that’s the way it is.
War ain’t fair especially when your soldiers are money-grubbing lawyers and biased judges.
Anthony Anderson Defends Ludacris Against Child Custody Critics: “We Don’t Know What The Real Story Is!”
Earlier today, we published an essay by Tamika Fuller in which she discussed her troubling child custody dispute with rapper Ludacris. In an interesting turn of events, “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson took to Instagram to come to the rapper’s defense against fans who say that they’re disgusted with him after hearing Tamika’s side of the story.
According to Anderson, people should refrain from commenting on the situation because no one knows the full story. His comment in its entirety reads:
“Why should Luda be ashamed of himself?! Do you know how hard it is for a father/man to get custody of a child from the woman/mother? We don’t know what the real story is and it’s none of our business what that story is! But know this, the same courts that determine how much child support a father should pay regardless of the relationship or time he has spent with the ex-wife or ex-lover or where that child should live and what the visitation arrangements should be has awarded custody of their daughter to Ludacris for reasons we’ll never know nor should we know because it’s THEIR business!
For this act to happen speaks volumes about both parties involved. I wish nothing but the best for the child and an amicable parenting relationship between the parents. Far too many fathers are not present in their children’s lives especially their daughters. I commend Ludacris for stepping up and bucking the system and standing up for what he believes is the best for his daughter cause he could’ve easily given in and wrote a check.
None of you know who this woman is so you can’t make judgments or assumptions about her. You know the public persona of Ludacris but not the private man Chris Bridges. I pray for the best for all involved. The courts have spoken and they know far more than any of us!”
It’s pretty interesting that Anderson came seemingly out of left field to defend the Furious 7 actor. What are your thoughts on his comments?
There is nothing like the very first moment a woman connects with the child growing inside of her womb. Those first stirrings of life may be barely visible to some people, but when I found out that I was pregnant with my baby, my heart immediately made room for her in my life. I would sit in the stillness and wait for a sign from her like I was waiting to hear the voice of God.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for her father. And having him rip my baby from me feels like an act of willful violence that reoccurs every single day that I wake up and realize that she’s not by my side.
Let me start from the beginning.
When I found out that I was pregnant two years ago, I immediately told Chris. The world knows him as an internationally famous Hip-Hop artist and actor (Ludacris), but despite the hurtful things said about me, that’s not why I was attracted to him. We had been good friends for many years, and when he told me he was newly single in spring 2013 we became intimate. Things took an ugly turn, however, when I found myself unexpectedly throwing up in his bathroom, and ultimately learning that I was pregnant.
The psychological manipulation began immediately. He broke down in tears when I told him that I wanted to keep our baby, and he begged me to abort the child whose heartbeat was developing in rhythm with my own. He told me that it would destroy his career and his image. I contemplated heavily on terminating my pregnancy. I don’t believe in forced parenthood or trapping anyone into raising an unwanted child. However, when I visited the clinic and heard my daughter’s heartbeat on the ultrasound, I knew I couldn’t go through with it.
He promised me the world – trips on his private jet and other perks of the rich and famous – if I would just have the abortion. He made me feel as if I was ruining us. It was as if he believed that our friendship should take precedence over the life growing inside of me and when he realized that it didn’t, it couldn’t, my real nightmare began.
I am fully aware that people often assume an average woman who gets herself impregnated by a celebrity is a gold-digger looking for a quick and easy payday. However, contrary to popular belief, I was fully cognizant that I was going to be a single mother. I knew that he was not going to be involved – I was okay with that. I went through my entire pregnancy alone and worked full time with no support from him. Most of the people in my circle never even knew he was the father until our court case made headlines. Deep down, even though I knew he never wanted the baby, I was hurt at the idea that there was a real possibility that my daughter’s father might not be part of her life. I thought that he would accept our daughter’s impending arrival and want to take part in the process, but I now know that thinking was naive.
Knowing that he had no desire to have a baby, imagine my surprise when he filed for physical custody of our daughter and a judge ruled in his favor. I was stunned, devastated, and overwhelmed. I asked myself over and over again, “How could this happen to me?” What had I done wrong? It felt as if I were screaming into howling winds and no one could hear me say, “I’m a good mother. I love my daughter. I’m a good mother. I love my daughter.”
What kind of mother gets her child taken away from her? I only cut back on my work hours following my maternity leave to ensure that I had enough time to spend with my daughter during the first year of her life. However, it was this financial reasoning along with events that transpired 20 years ago in my teens that were the justifications used when issuing the decision. The retribution continued to roll in because apparently taking away my child wasn’t enough of a punishment. I was then denied assistance with lawyer fees and told that her father needed to authorize the pictures I posted on my personal social media page. As I apologized to my friends and family for not being able to share imagery of the evolution of my child, I scratched my head: What does Instagram censoring have to do with disparate income levels? Subsequently, I now have no child, no First Amendment rights, and I’m in debt to the tune of six figures.