Ciara Denied Sole Custody of Baby Future

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Ciara’s request for sole custody of her and Future’s son, Future Zahir Wilburn, was denied by a judge on Monday, according to TMZ.

The 30-year-old singer claimed her former beau has been absent through much of their son’s life. She and her lawyers slammed him for being a bad father and an even worse person. The judge rejected the arguments of both Ciara and her lawyers. California courts favor joint custody, so the decision was in line with the law.

In addition to their custody battle, the former couple have also filed separate lawsuits against each other. Back in February, Ciara filed a defamation suit against the Rapper in response to comments he had made about her in the media. According to E!, the rapper tweeted that he had been barred from seeing baby Future, calling the mother of his third child a “b—-.” He also shared with his 2.45 million followers that the custody battle began over a mere “[$]15k a month.” Future claimed that this had been going on for more than a year. He also went on to say that he couldn’t damage Ciara’s career because it ended long ago.

Future responded by countersuing the singer. He claimed that he is not the only one talking trash. In Februrary, TMZ reported that he found the entire legal situation to be “absurd.” One source claimed that he was confused as to why his former fiancée was coming after him for speaking ill of her while she was criticizing his skills as a father. The source alleged that a majority of Ciara’s trash-talking had taken place in her music, citing the lyrics to her hit single “I Bet,” in which she croons about moving on from one lover to “somebody better.”

The two began dating in 2012 and got engaged in October of 2013. There relationship seemed like something out of a fairytale until things went south at the end of 2014 when the couple broke off the engagement. Ciara has since found love with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, while Future has kicked his career into overdrive-releasing 2 mixtapes and headlining a tour since the split.

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