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Celebrities continue to prove they’re regular people just like the rest of us, unfortunately in some of the worst ways possible. When it comes to these celebs with child support drama it took a judge to get them to cough up cash for their kids. Were they to blame or were the mothers of their children asking for too much?
Nas was happy to take himself off of the market and marry singer Kelis but that marriage soon went up in flames. In December 2009, the Queensbridge rapper was ordered to pay the R&B singer $51,000 a month in alimony and child support, but the bad economy worked in Nas’ favor and 13 months later he was able to convince the judge that his payments should be lowered. Even though at one point Nas was in arrears and owed Kelis more than $300,000 in back child support, the judge agreed to lower his payments to $20,000 a month in alimony and $5,000 in child support.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, outside of battling for custody and deciding how much is reasonable to pay in child support for 4-month-old Cai Bella Bridges, Ludacris was recently ordered to cover Tamika Fuller’s court costs, which exceed more than $35,000. You heard right. He was given two weeks max to pay all of it.
In the court documents, Fuller is stated as the guardian “for the purpose of representing the best interest of the child,” and Ludacris, “the petitioner,” is ordered to pay Fuller’s initial retainer of $7,500.
“The Guardian ad Litem shall be billed at a rate of $325.00 per hour. The retainer shall be paid directly to the Guardian ad Litem within 14 days of the entry of this order.”
Two days before this March 20th ruling, Fuller stood before the judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County asking to have Ludacris pay her court fees. Clearly, the judge decided that her request made sense:
“Petitioner shall pay to Respondent’s counsel, Thirty Five Thousand Dollars ($35,000.00), in addition to any amounts previously awarded or paid, as an award of temporary attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation.”
Ludacris was given 10 days to pay up the $35,000 (“Said amount shall be paid to Respondent’s counsel within 10 days of the date of this order”).
If that wasn’t enough, Ludacris was also charged an extra $2,000 in court fees for filing a request to have Fuller held in contempt of court (it’s unclear what he wanted her held in contempt for), but that request was denied.
This order was probably a major hit for Luda, who said in the past that he couldn’t pay the $15,000 she initially requested a month for child support because he hadn’t been getting paid for his work on the latest Fast and Furious film. The cast has been on hiatus since the death of Paul Walker in November.
As you can see, these type of court battles aren’t quick, they aren’t easy, and they damn sure aren’t cheap.
We learned a couple of months ago that rapper Ludacris and his longtime girlfriend Eudoxie took a break from their relationship. No biggie. But during that time Ludacris got another woman pregnant. It’s a sad story but certainly not one we haven’t heard before.
What’s so tragic about these situations is that the public will find a way to villainize the woman, peltering them with questions about situations in which they are the victim not the perpetrator.
It happened with Gabrielle Union and now apparently the same thing is happening to Eudoxie.
While Gabrielle decided to take the silent approach, Eudoxie used sarcasm.
Yesterday she posted the picture above with this caption:
I can’t wait for this new chapter of seeing your face every morning. Count down begins now!!!! #nomorephonesex #nomorebreakingbackforsexypics #sorryTMI
And y’all know everybody’s trying to get noticed these days. Shortly afterward a follower left this comment:
And Eudoxie kept it classier than most of us would this bit of sarcasm and an emoji.
Later, perhaps cooler heads prevailed and both comments were deleted.
No matter what we think about these relationships and the trials they experience, it’s really never cool to try to embarrass someone like that. No matter how detached they may seem they are real people. And am I the only one who finds it appalling that babies, innocent children, are now being used as insults? It’s sickening.
Furthermore, if our own relationships were broadcast all up and through the media, I’m sure more than a few of us would be regarded as fools.
What do you think about this person’s comment and Eudoxie’s response? How would you have handled the situation?
“I Have Been Publicly Humiliated”: Ludacris Wants Child Support Case Sealed, Says It’s Ruining His Reputation
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Ludacris believes that the drama behind his child support issues with Tamika Fuller are having a negative impact on his reputation. He says that her request for $15,000 in child support and his admission that he can’t afford it has put him in a position of heavy public scrutiny, and has led people to believe that he doesn’t care for his infant daughter, Cai Bella.
“Because the media is able to read and misinterpret the documents in the Court’s file in this case, every day since Jan. 1, 2014, I have been publically humiliated and called a deadbeat dad, who does not want to see or support his minor child. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
In court papers, Ludacris says that it’s Fuller who has not allowed him to see Cai, and that he started paying child support for her right after she was born, so it’s not like he’s not financially there for her. But he says that the public nature of his case has made it seem like he’s done nothing for Cai, and it also hasn’t painted Fuller in the best light. In fact, the stories are so harsh that he feels it could have a negative impact on the money he earns and the work he will get.
“The news articles misinterpret the documents in the court files and say very negative things. I would hate for out daughter to ever see the blogs that have nothing good to say about either of her parents.
In the event that an ex parte Order is not granted, and people are able to continue to read and misinterpret the documents in the Court’s file, my name, reputation, character, goodwill and brand will continue to suffer irreversible harm and damage, which may eventually jeopardize my earning potential.”
What do you think of what he had to say about sealing the information about his child support case? Click over to Radar Online to check out the documents and share your thoughts.
In recent developments with rapper Ludacris’s struggles with child support payments, the rapper has decided he’s going to turn the tables on his child’s mother, Tamika, and petition for full custody of his daughter.
TMZ reports in legal documents, Ludacris states he is a “fit and capable” parent and has always been an “active father” to his other daughter from a previous relationship.
In addition, Ludacris is also asking Tamika to now pay him child support. Tamika was awarded $7K a month after requesting $15K which Ludacris said he was unable to pay due to lost income from the “Fast and Furious 7” movie which was hindered due to actor Paul Walker’s death.
It’s hard to feel sorry for some of these men for the predictable situations they place themselves in. We won’t take anything from Ludacris being a good father, but we will say between creating babies on breaks and blaming unforeseen circumstances for his financial troubles, this whole situation is not a good look. We admire these rappers trying to take responsibility, but maybe they should think twice before placing themselves in situations where they pro-create with women they don’t have any intentions on being with. There ARE children growing up in the middle of all of this.
Child support laws are tricky, but we don’t understand the legality behind making a come-up off your pregnancy. Both parties are responsible for the situations that can occur from having sex with someone, but we don’t understand how a woman can go from living an average lifestyle to balling based off of having someone’s baby. There are many women who are able to provide a healthy lifestyle for their children on way less than $15K a month. We hope that everyone involved can come to an understanding so that these children don’t have to be subjected to all this conflict over cash and custody.
Do you think Luda is legit or has a point to prove?
There was a lot of juicy news this week — so much that we couldn’t even discuss it all in one video — so we decided we’d start with all the familial drama brewing on- and off-screen, like Mary Jane finally coming to her senses and kicking Andre out, and Russell Simmons announcing that his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, has already married for a third time! There’s also the issue of Ludacris using Paul Walker’s death as an excuse for not being able to pay the mother of his child $15,000/month in child support — not that she needs all that, but still.
Like I said, there was a lot of messiness going on this week, so check out our latest installment of “Did Y’all See” as the editors dig into all that’s wrong with the world of celebrity relationship drama. Weigh in in the comments section.
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Now that all the drama surrounding the fact that Ludacris had a child outside of his relationship with longtime love Eudoxie has died down, you would have thought the new father and mother could have worked things out financially and everything would be smooth by now (as it seems to be for Dwyane Wade and the mother of his new son). But according to TMZ, they’re battling in court because Luda says he can’t pay her the amount of child support she’s looking for (which is $15,000 per month). In court yesterday, he said that he just doesn’t have that type of money right now, and it has a lot to do with the death of Paul Walker…
In court he said that he was counting on the money from his work on Fast and Furious 7 to help him make his child support payments and pay other bills, but the movie has been on hold since the death of lead actor Paul Walker in November, so no work equals no pay. Even though Fuller is seeking $15,000 a month from Ludacris, he says he can only pay $1,800 a month, since he says that he made only $55,000 in 2013.
According to TMZ, the judge has decided that Luda will pay $7,000 per month for baby Cai while his financial documents and claims are checked and reviewed.
As TMZ also pointed out, singer Tyrese also brought up the death of Paul Walker in a public battle with his ex-wife, citing Walker’s death as reason Ty he had to skip out on time with his daughter, Shayla, to try and find work to be able to take care of her. It seems lot of people have a lot riding on the film. But since Ludacris is a rapper first, he might want to hop on a few tracks or hop in the studio ASAP.
Before our site crashed (lol), we tried to tell you about Indiana Pacer all-star and shooting guard/small forward Paul George allegedly attempting to pay a former sexual partner to abort his child:
According to Baller Alert, the 23-year-old athlete has been carrying on a relationship with an exotic dancer and model by the name of Daniela. The two have reportedly been seeing each other as early as summer 2013 and she is now alleged to be pregnant with Paul’s child. In addition to the obvious, the other problem with all of this is that Paul is in a relationship with Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ daughter, Callie Rivers. According to reports, when Callie learned of Daniela’s pregnancy, Paul offered to pay the woman a pretty penny to have the pregnancy terminated.
According to TMZ, Daniela found out she was pregnant in November and informed George. And since the public found out about all this, they’ve been giving George the side-eye (one similar to the one they gave Ludacris and Dwyane Wade). But he issued a statement to TMZ Sports, along with his reps, to address the situation. He doesn’t deny that he was messing around with her while in a relationship:
“If and when there is legal confirmation that I am the father, I will fully embrace my responsibilities. This is a personal matter that is still being sorted out, so I hope you can respect my privacy.”
As for the claims that $1 million was being exchanged between George and Daniela to be rid of his unborn child, his representatives said it’s rubbish:
“There is no truth to the rumors that Paul offered money for [Daniela] not to have the child.”
TMZ claims that things are reportedly “amicable” between Daniela and George and they would like to keep things that way despite everything that’s going on, but I’m sure the same can’t be said for Callie Rivers and George right now…
You take a break at work when you need a latte. You take a break while working out to catch your breath and take a swig of Powerade. You might even need a break from your kids when you feel like it’s either a criminal record and jail time or closing your door for 10 minutes so you can locate your maternal instincts. But relationship breaks I don’t understand. Taking a break from your boyfriend is like inviting miscommunication and infidelity into your relationship.
Long before Dwyane Wade and Ludacris were creating love-children outside of their long-term relationships, Ross from Friends was the reigning king of “We were on a break!” If his relationship with Rachel serves as any kind of warning to women, it should be that men don’t interpret breaks the same way we do. To most men, a break equals a break up with perks. It’s a fall back from the relationship itself, which indicates that there will be no more regular sex, daily phone calls and other things that serve as proof that you’re committed to someone. Most men aren’t going to freely admit, “I’m lonely and insecure. I got used to having someone next to me every night and you just up and cut that off. In the meantime I’ll substitute you with someone else.” It’s not necessarily that they’re able to move on quickly, they’re just great at making it appear that way. Naturally, it’s easier for men to compartmentalize their emotions; to them you’re either together or you aren’t. When you start playing the “it’s complicated” game, it gets easily misconstrued and that’s when feelings gets hurt. It takes a lot of maturity to successfully navigate a break and make the most of it to improve a relationship. It’s a level of maturity that most people don’t possess.
You have to be clear about exactly what the break means and what you hope to accomplish with it. Do you get to see other people? Do you get to sex other people? What exactly can occur in this pseudo-single lifestyle? This is where breaks get pointless to me. It’s one thing to need a couple of days to cool off, but if you think you’re trying to prove a point by putting a man’s pen*s on punishment for a month, you’re probably playing yourself.
Long before Ross was creating catch phrases, I had a best friend in high school who damn near invented “the break”. After sleeping with a guy who then turned clingy, she promptly told him they should fall back and go back to being friends for a while and then work their way up. I remember thinking of how pointless (good game, but pointless) that was then and I still feel the same way now. What the hell is the point of taking a break and not just going your separate ways? I’ve been in a relationship for more than 7 years now and I can testify that sometimes turning off your cell phone, retreating to your own place and bashing your man with your best friends (or in a good journal) does a relationship good. There’s nothing wrong with taking a few days to calm yourself down so you can focus on why you fell for your partner in the first place. But taking weeks or months to push re-occurring problems in your relationship to the back burner does nothing but make them eventually boil over. If you and your partner can’t have a clear conversation about conflicts in the relationship, taking a break does nothing but put a Band-Aid on it.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are too many women that believe being in a relationship means being up under your partner 24/7. When you start to dance on one another’s nerves (which inevitably happens) and folks start taking each other for granted, you then feel like a “break” is needed. In all actuality, all you ever needed was a healthy balance of alone time invested into your separate lives.
Still, there will be couples who think that breaks are beneficial. Fine, but then there is this whole recklessness of carelessly creating kids and bringing them into situations that grown people couldn’t even get together. It’s immature, cowardly and unfair to everyone involved. I mean, how much can you possibly care for someone if you didn’t have sense enough to use a condom correctly? I don’t know all the details of these celebrities’ indiscretions, but it appears to be messy. Relationships can be as messy as you want them to be without you pro-creating and adding more issues to the pile.
At their best, breaks allow a couple to realize how special what they have really is, but more often than not, couples use them to avoid problems that they should be working on or to soften the blow of the inevitable. Choose your breaks wisely, because too many of them or even just one taken at the wrong time and without clear communication of what is expected just might make the whole thing fall apart.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
From The Grio
By and large, celebrities are not relationship role models. The sooner we can grasp that notion the better.
Dwyane Wade made back-to-back headlines when he proposed to his girlfriend Gabrielle Union over the holidays and then just days later, he confirmed the November birth of a new son with another woman. Rapper Ludacris finds himself in a similar position with court documents TMZ unearthed which seem to indicate that a woman who is not Luda’s longtime girlfriend Eudoxie gave birth to his child in December.
Wade publicly addressed the issue and noted that he and Union were on a “break” when he impregnated the other woman and that the delicate topic is something he and Union have been working through. Many blogs have run with the idea that Ludacris was on a “break” as well, but the rapper has yet to make a statement about the situation.
Both men have been photographed with their significant others since the new baby news broke, so it seems that at least for now, both ladies are toughing it out with their celeb beaus.
Entertainers not relationship role models
Blogs and social media networks have been ablaze about these Hollywood paternity “scandals.” A good deal of the online chatter is about the idea of being on a “break” from a relationship and how this might start a new trend. I rebuke this notion. If you are an adult and you are taking relationship cues from gossip magazines, there is something very wrong.
The intense, around-the-clock documentation of celebrity life by paparazzi and the over-sharing that many famous (and non-famous) people do online, make us feel like we know these public figures, but we do not. We do not know their off-camera lives and we certainly do not know the intricacies of their relationships. Sure, we can be little Iyanla Vanzants and Dr. Phil Jr.s, spouting off missives about self-esteem, boundaries and honesty, but at the end of the day, we are only experts of our own real-life relationships.
Great dad, “meh” partner?
Read on to find out why celebrities are not role models for your relationship at TheGrio.com