Ludacris' Custody Battle, Plus 7 Other Infamous Celebrity Custody Disputes
We know that Ludacris fathered a baby by another woman, but the mother of his newest child isn't going along with the "all is forgiven" mantra. The rapper says the public dispute is ruining his reputation and has asked a judge to nix public access to the ongoing custody battle. Unfortunately, Luda isn't the only celebrity embroiled in child-custody chaos. These other infamous celebrity custody battles could make for one hell of an extended episode of Maury or Dr. Phil.
Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry
A brutal Thanksgiving Day blowup turned physical between Berry’s then-fiancé Olivier Martinez and her ex Gabriel Aubry, after a judge denied Berry’s request to move her daughter Nahla to France. Ultimately, Berry settled on having her wedding there, when she said “I do” to Martinez in July of 2013.
Late last year, instead of yelling “Cabs are here!” a Hooters waitress let Jersey Shore reality star Pauly D know that a baby was here. When Pauly D learned he’d fathered a baby girl, he swiftly made plans to file for primary custody. Unfortunately, as late as January, Pauly D learned his daughter’s mother wasn’t DTV–Down to Visit, when she refused to let him see his baby girl for the holidays.
Dwyane Wade’s basketball championships and the custody battle with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches have one thing in common: heat. After public accusations and multiple court hearings, Wade’s ex took the streets of Chicago to voice her disgust with the court system. Ultimately, the Miami Heat star was awarded sole custody of the couple’s two sons and is currently planning his wedding to actress Gabrielle Union.
The Jackson Family
After Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, it seemed like his family was in competition for who could create the wackiest the three-ring media circus. When all of the bickering over who should rightfully gain custody of his children was done, the judge granted co-guardianship to their grandmother Katherine Jackson and their cousin T.J. Jackson.
Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford proves that she will literally go for broke in order to maintain custody of the two children she shares with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch. In August 2012, the proceedings intensified when a judge ruled that the kids should spend the bulk of their time with Giersch, who resides in Monaco. Most recently Rutherford was denied custody and has declared bankruptcy as a result of the ongoing ordeal.
No stranger to ridiculous public outbursts, in 2007, Baldwin lived to regret his infamous expletive-filled voicemail to his daughter Ireland, where he referred to her as “a rude little pig.” The crude message allegedly led to him losing his visitation rights, privileges he secured after engaging in one of the nastiest Hollywood divorce battles ever, from ex-wife Kim Basinger.
You know a custody battle is nothing short of toxic when it involves a late actor. Unfortunately, such is the case with Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson, whose ex Norma accused him of neglecting his daughter to party in Dubai.