RumorFix has learned Fantasia Barrino is facing a custody battle for her daughter Zion.
A rep for the singer tells RumorFix exclusively that a lawsuit has been filed in Meckleburg, North Carolina by Barrino’s baby daddy Brandel J. Shouse.
We have been provided an official statement via the former American Idol winner’s rep that reads, “Fantasia Barrino is currently involved in a Child Custody, Visitation, and Child Support legal proceeding filed in Mecklenburg, North Carolina. The lawsuit was filed by Me. Brandel J. Shouse, the father of Fantasia’s 13-year-old daughter Zion. Despite living in North Carolina, Mr. Shouse had very little personal contact with Zion and has provided no financial support for her. The case will not be heard until 2015. Fantasia is confident that legal process will move forward smoothly and that the Court will make a decision that is in the best interest of Zion.”
Despite the baby daddy drama, the R&B artist is keeping her head up high, her rep tells RumorFix in a statement, “Fantasia hopes that her fans understand the sensitive nature of these matters and that she cannot share with them all of the details at this time. Fantasia also knows that all of her ‘Baby Mama’ fans know exactly what she is going though and will support her as she continues to take wonderful and complete care of her daughter.”
The 30-year-old dated Shouse for five years but reportedly called it quits in 2003. The singer is currently in a serious relationship with Kendall Taylor.
It’s no secret that Fantasia is a spectacular mother, as the star is often spotted spending quality time with her precious pride and joy while giving her the best life possible. We have no doubt that only positive results will come out of this little bump in the road for the wonderful mother-of-two.