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.
Sean “Diddy” Combs
Back when he was just a father of two, Sean “Diddy” Combs and his baby mama Kim Porter had to let the courts settle their child support dispute. The duo was back and forth in a Manhattan courtroom for over a year over payments regarding their son Christian Combs. Although documents were sealed at the time, Diddy was paying his first son’s mother Misa Hylton-Brim $5,000 a month in child support at that time (although that went up to a record $20,000 a month in 2005). The acrimony between Porter and Combs was short-lived because they continued their on and off relationship for several more years and she gave birth to Diddy’s twin daughters in late 2006.
R. Kelly is no stranger to the courtroom after having faced charges of having sex with a minor, but the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has been skipping out on his child support and may be facing jail time. In February his ex-wife Andrea Kelly filed documents in court after Kellz failed to pay more than $20,000 in support for their three children. He also failed to show up in court last November. Skipping out on his bills may be not be something new to R. Kelly. It has been said that he still owes money to numerous people who worked on his last album Black Panties but they have had a hard time reaching him.
Charlie Sheen certainly has more than enough money to take care of every child he has but he still seems to have trouble paying up. As part of his divorce settlement from third wife Brooke Mueller, the “Anger Management” star was ordered to pay $55,000 a month in support for their twin boys. Even though he was the highest paid actor on television at the time, Sheen was still missing payments. Two years later, a judge ordered Warner Bros. Television to garnish his wages from “Two and a Half Men.”
Russell Simmons found love with model Kimora Lee and the happy couple tied the knot in 1998. Eleven years and two daughters later, the couple was headed for divorce court. The co-founder of Def Jam Records and business magnate was ordered to pay $40,000 a month in child support for his two daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons. Simmons, who also started the clothing line Phat Farm and was named the third richest figure in hip-hop with a net worth over $340 million, will have to pay support for his two daughters until they are 19 and a half.
Most of us knew that rapper Ludacris was a father but what we did not know was he recently fathered another baby last year. That is until he was dragged into court for child support this past January. Ludacris and Tamika Fuller, the mother of his love child, were fighting in court over custody and money with Fuller asking for $15,000 a month in child support. Luda contended that he could not cough up that much because filming for the latest Fast & Furious installment has been delayed after Paul Walker’s death and he was still waiting to get paid. Last month a judge ordered the “Throw Dem Bows” rapper to pay $10,000 a month to Fuller, who was awarded full custody. He was granted supervised visitation rights.
Britney Spears started out in the music business at a very young age and by the time she was a married mother of two, the pressure finally got to her. After a tumultuous split with hubby Kevin Federline, a clean-shaven Spears had a very public meltdown and was photographed beating up a car with an umbrella. Months after her erratic behavior landed her in the hospital for psychiatric treatment, Federline was awarded custody of their two sons and Spears was ordered by a judge to cough up $20,000 a month in child support.
50 Cent made his debut in the music world with his Get Rich or Die Tryin album and since then he’s made millions and millions of dollars. So much so that in 2008, his son’s mother Shaniqua Tomkins was requesting $50,000 a month from the In Da Club rapper to cover the living expenses for their 10-year-old son. The Queens rapper objected to the ballooned monthly payments and a judge agreed and ordered him to pay $25,000 a month. The case was later reviewed and his payments were slashed even more to just $6,700 a month.
Dennis Rodman has been making headlines lately for his sudden bff relationship with North Korean leader Kim Yong Un but several years ago his name was in the media for another reason. The former NBA player was coming up short when it came to paying child support and soon he found himself half a million dollars behind. A California courtroom found the Defensive Player of the Year in contempt. He originally owed his ex-wife more than $800,000 but the two sides agreed on him paying $500,000. Rodman was only permitted to see his two children twice a month for four hours each visit as long as he was in the presence of a retired Orange County Sheriff.
In his stand up routines Eddie Murphy famously joked about refusing to give half of his money to his future wife if they ever divorced. When he did divorce wife Nicole Murphy in real life he had a prenuptial agreement in place but he wasn’t so lucky when it came to shelling out child support for the daughter he had with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Murphy doubted the paternity of little Angel Iris, who was born on his birthday, until a DNA test came back proving he was the father. After a contentious 15-month battle in court, a judge ordered the Dr. Doolittle star to pay Brown $51,000 a month in child support.
For a while, Halle Berry had bad luck with men. Both of her marriages ended in divorce and while she momentarily found love with male model Gabriel Aubrey and had a child with him, their relationship didn’t stand the test of time. In a highly publicized custody battle that played out in the media, Berry was ordered to pay Aubrey $20,000 a month in support even though they shared custody of their daughter Nahla. Aubrey requested that amount so he could rent a home and provide other essentials to their little girl.
New York Giants superstar Michael Strahan dominated the football field but in 2006 his divorce from wife Jean Muggli dominated the headlines. She publicly accused Strahan of domestic violence and being unfaithful and famously had a yard sale to sell off all of their marital belongings. Mugglie also accused the now daytime talk show host of being gay. After a vicious battle in court, a judge awarded his ex-wife a $15 million settlement and $18,000 a month in child support for their twin daughters.
At one point Deion Sanders was proud to show off his wife Pilar and their beautiful family, but things eventually soured between the couple and they were headed for divorce court. The two battled for custody of their three children and in May 2012, Sanders was ordered by a judge to cough up $10,550 a month to Pilar in child support in addition to $3,500 to cover her living expenses. The two also accused each other of domestic abuse and police were called to the home they shared while estranged from each other several times. Last year Sanders was awarded primary custody of their three children.
Terrell Owens played 15 years in the NFL but his career has been marred in controversy and he has been plagued with money issues. It went from bad to worse for the once thriving NFL superstar when one of his four baby mamas dragged him in and out of court for child support. In April 2012, Owens was sentenced to community service for failure to pay. T.O. agreed to volunteer at an undisclosed Goodwill location after being held in contempt of court. Despite starring on his own reality show and getting a shot at playing arena football, T.O. still insists he has financial problems.
Former heavyweight champ Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield is one of the few people that can say he beat Mike Tyson. Holyfield dominated the boxing ring throughout much of his career but even though he made millions and millions and millions of dollars, he still lived well above his means and soon faced money woes. By 2012, the former champ claimed he was broke and in September of that year he was held in contempt of court for failure to pay more than $500,000 in child support for one of his daughters (he has 12 children with six different women). A few months before that Holyfield was forced to move out of his Atlanta mansion after he lost his home to foreclosure.