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The Top 8 Most Brutal Celebrity Custody Battles of Them All

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Till death do us part, or nah? Breaking up is hard to do, but it's even more difficult if you have children. Ex-lovers Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry aren’t the only famous exes who brutally battled it out in court over the custody of their kid. Celebrity custody battles blossom into huge blow-outs, playing out in a media circus, including everything from accusations of infidelity and STDs, substance abuse and unfit parenting.

Countless celeb fall-outs could rightfully be deemed nasty, but we've gathered the ugliest duels between exes over their children in the most notorious custody battles.


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Halle Berry vs. Gabriel Aubry

Gorgeous actress Halle Berry and former boyfriend Gabriel Aubry have been fighting over their 4-year-old daughter, Nahla, ever since the pair split in 2010. A judge ordered the actress to pay her ex, a former model, a reported $20,000 a month in child support for Nahla, of whom they share custody. A judge also denied Berry’s request to relocate with Nahla to France, where her husband, actor Olivier Martinez, is from.

Michael Jackson vs. Deborah Rowe

After the late Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe divorced in 2001, Rowe willingly gave up all legal rights to their children. When Jackson was accused of child molestation in 2003, Rowe began a battle to obtain visitation rights. A private custody settlement was reached in September 2006.


Dwyane Wade vs. Siovaughn Funches

Not only was this high school sweethearts custody battle nasty, so was their divorce. Siohvaughn Wade was granted what the court described as "regular parenting time" on alternating weekends in Miami, as well as several other times during the year, including Mother's Day. Wade was granted full custody of the couples two boys after a lengthy, mud-slinging battle.


Whitney Houston vs. Bobby Brown

The rocky marriage of Houston and Brown was on front street for all to witness, but their biggest battle came when trying to determine custody of their daughter Bobbi Kirstina. Houston was eventually awarded legal and physical custody in 2007.

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Britney Spears vs. Kevin Federline

After Spears and Federline divorced, Spears was initially granted physical custody of their two sons. Federline accused Spears of abusing drugs and alcohol. She lost custody of the boys in 2007 after she was caught driving without a license.

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Usher Raymond vs. Tameka Foster

The high profile divorce and custody battle over the ex-spouses two sons lived on for years after their 2009 divorce. During their litigation, each of the parties threw out multiple allegations against the other ranging from infidelity to history of violence. Usher was granted primary custody.


Denise Richards vs. Charlie Sheen

After three years of marital bliss, Richards filed for divorce in 2005 claiming Sheen was unfaithful, abusive and addicted to both pornography and prostitutes. The Wild Thing actress asked the court for an emergency court order to stop Sheen from seeing the children, alleging a serious issue in Sheen's home could adversely affect them.


Pamela Anderson vs. Tommy Lee

The bombshell mom asked the court to require that a monitor be present during Lee's visits with their two sons, Brandon, 5, and Dylan, 3. The 47 year old accused her former husband of alcohol abuse and of being a "very angry, unstable man who presents a danger to others." A California judge turned Anderson down, saying she saw no evidence of a need for monitoring.

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There's a romantic and mysterious aura that seeps into Melody Thornton's solo single, "Love Will Return." From the big band production to Thornton's riveting vocals, it's almost shocking that a gem so bright was hiding in plain sight.

The recent release is the lead single for her forthcoming EP expected to be released next year. Formerly a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Thornton has shown off her singing chops over the years through the group's most popular tracks like "Buttons," "I Don't Need A Man" and her 2012 solo project, POYBL. With "Love Will Return," Thornton pays homage to inspirations like Eartha Kitt and her Arizona roots. Co-producing the track with Eric Zayne, the singer shared with VIBE how cinematic the creative process was.

“The entire evolution of the song was magic,” she explained. “There’s just something spiritual about it. It moves me in a way like no other song I’ve written before.” The track is a strong introduction to her vocal abilities that appeared to be gravely overlooked during her PCD days.

Last week, The Pussycat Dolls reunited without Thornton, leaving many wondering why. "What I want for myself and for my bandmates are for them is to really enjoy their lives," she told Chart Show TV in January when rumors began to surface of a possible reunion. "When I was in the group, I was a kid...I'm primarily a vocalist. Nicole had been signed twice so it only made sense for her to sing the majority of the leads. But then, I kept being asked to wait my turn and it never came– and we only released two albums. So it's this mistaken identity that I've kind of had to unravel. For me, there's really nothing to go back to."

The ladies are all on good terms with Thornton as Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the ladies wished her well wishes on her solo endeavors. "It just didn't align [with] where she is in her life right now," Sherzinger said. "She's doing a lot and doing her own music and we totally respect and understand and support her."

Nonetheless, we're thrilled about Thornton's new journey.

Listen to "Love Will Return" below.


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Ashanti Joins Omarion's Millennium Tour

Our prayers for a female presence on Omarion's Millenium Tour have been answered with one of the most talented singers in R&B.

On Thursday (Dec. 5), Omarion announced singer-songwriter Ashanti as a special guest for the upcoming tour. "So excited to announce that Ashanti will be joining The Millennium Tour lineup!" he said in an Instagram post. The singer announced the follow-up show last week to what was perceived as a B2K reunion tour featuring Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Bobby Valentino and the Ying Yang Twins earlier this year.

Hailed as The "Millenium Tour 2020," the new bill features Soulja Boy and Sammie, with the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd returning to the mix. The tour will also include Bow Wow, who has several jams (and an album) with Omarion like "Let Me Hold You" and "Girlfriend."

Before joining the tour, Ashanti was a special guest during Lloyd's performances of their 2004 hit, "Southside." With such a large and memorable discography, fans will be thrilled to hear some of the Grammy-winner's biggest hits like "Foolish," "Only U," and recent releases like "Say Less" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and "Pretty Little Thing" featuring Afro B.

This will more than likely be a another big financial boost to the tour. The inaugural Millennium Tour grossed $6.7 million from its first eight reports, according to Billboard and set a career-high for B2K. They also went on to earn $5 million from three additional dates at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (April 13-14), State Farm Arena in Atlanta (April 4-5), and Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (April 12).


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Boss Goals: B. Simone Earns $100K In Two Months With Beauty Line

Renaissance woman B. Simone is wrapping up her year in a big way. The comedienne, rapper and businesswoman scored a major win after raking up $100K in sales of her beauty line.

B. Simone Beauty was announced over the summer but has been in the making for over a year. Vegan and cruelty-free, her line supplies colorful lip liners, bold lipsticks, makeup bags and accessories. Simone officially launched a site for her products just two months ago with a plan to make $100K. The goal was met ironically on the last day of November, leaving her speechless.

B. Simone shared the moment in an emotional Instagram post Monday (Dec. 2). "This is bigger than me it has NOTHING to do with me," she captioned the video. "It has EVERYTHING to do with God and showing people Him by the way I act and spread LOVE. Even on every tube of lip gloss it says “FAITH OVER FEAR” on the back! I live by that ... God won’t let you down you just have to believe even when you can’t see the outcome. The sky is the limit when it comes to me I swear I’m a monster and I’ll never quit! Manifestation at its finest ... God favors me because he trusts me.

Simone also opened up about her doubts but continued to have faith in meeting her goal. "I had one more day to meet my goal and I started thinking, 'Maybe you aimed too high! Let’s just do a 100k$ goal for December.'  THAT WAS THE ENEMY y’all !!! When I woke up this is what happened... I do none of this alone I keep God-fearing people around me who love me, believe in me and see my vision. Thank you to my manager, my team, all of you and God. None of this is about money it’s all about walking in your purpose and changing the world around you to a more comfortable better place."


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B. Simone has experienced plenty of other wins with her other talents. As XONecole reports, she hosted Will Smith's birthday party, produced and starred in her own hilarious dating show, provided comedic relief on the VH1 series Girls Cruise with Mya, Lil Kim and Chilli, as well as sharing tips on monetizing in the social media space at the Revolt Summit.

Boss goals indeed. Check out B. Simone's stunning beauty line here.

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