Nas’ ex-girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, Carmen Bryan, recently penned a new book entitled When the Child Support Stops, which was released on Sept. 22. While the title suggests a tell-all book filled with secrets and tidbits about her relationship with the hip-hop icon, it seems there may be more to it than just an interesting title.
According to the book’s synopsis, When the Child Support Stops is intended to read as a “cautionary tale about outgrowing financial dependency and moving forward.” In other words, the book speaks to finding and maintaining a lifestyle after you stop receiving child support from your ex-significant other when your child is of the legal age.
Bryan is the mother of Nas’ eldest child, 24-year-old Destiny Jones. Prior to the book’s release, Bryan has been very candid about her life after child support and the direction she ultimately wants to go in. “Child support is not an income for you. It’s supposed to support the child,” she told VladTV during a 2017 interview. “It was like a gift and a curse, the child support situation. Anyone who gets child support, you know it’s not going to last forever anyway. And, when you’re getting a check every month you become a little content with that. Some people don’t want to go above and beyond that.”
Interestingly enough, the new book comes shortly after Nas’ was knee-deep in a custody battle with his ex-wife Kelis over their 9-year-old son, Knight Jones. Kelis alleged that Nas had not paid a dime of child support to help support their son. Nas also accused Kelis of prohibiting him from visiting Knight.
Like Kelis however, Bryan is not just an ex-lover; she is also a respected businesswoman. Bryan previously penned the New York Times best-selling book, It’s No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from Seduction to Scandal–a Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All, which detailed her relationship with Nas, as well as the rapper’s infamous feud with JAY-Z. She also worked at Def Jam and Capitol Records.
You can purchase When the Child Support Stops here.