M.I.A. Loses It On Twitter Over The Vicious Custody Battle With Her Ex-Fiancé


Yikes! I didn’t even realize M.I.A. was in the midst of a custody battle… but based on some recent tweets from the Bad Girls singer… she’s def got some babydaddy drama popping off in the courts. As she’s been working on her next album, she’s also been, apparently, fighting to get full custody of her four year-old son. But she’s up against some serious resistance from her ex-fiancé and things are getting intense (as custody battles are wont to do… shouts-out to Halle Berry, lol). Click inside to learn more!

Jezebel has the deets:

Queen of Controversy M.I.A. is currently embroiled in a vicious custody battle over her 4-year-old son, Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, with her estranged ex-fiancé Benjamin Bronfman, the environmentalist son of Seagram heir Edgar Bronfman Jr. (and part of the younger generation of almost-too-cool dilettante-ish Bronfmans). The two broke off their engagement in February of last year, and now the Bronfmans are looking for full custody of Ikhyd. It’s all so Gossip Girl.

Going up against a powerful family like that certainly sounds daunting; unfortunately, nobody told the Sri Lankan singer that taking to Twitter wouldn’t exactly helping her case. In a series of since-deleted Tweets, she addressed her ex by name:

“BEN you cant take my son away from me… Just because you have money doesnt mean you have the right…(sic) THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME. WHAT KIND OF S- IS THAT? THEY NEVER SEE HIM.”

And on her father’s abandonment of her when she was ten:

“Every child needs the MOTHER , I GREW UP WITHOUT A DAD . If grew up without my mother i wouldnt be here.”

Wow. Awkward all around, right? I’m glad I’m not completely addicted to Twitter, because I can’t imagine putting, like, allll of my business out there. LMAO! I mean, I get that she’s under stress but there’s gotta be a better (like, less public) place to deal with this. It would suck so much if they found a way to use this against her in the case.

All that being said, these are always difficult cases. But here’s hoping M.I.A. works it out with her ex so that little Ikhyd has both parents in his life. I disagree with the idea that a child needs a mother more than a father. And in the end, this is supposed to be about the child, right?

What do you guys think of M.I.A.‘s Twitter rant? Did anyone else know about this custody battle?

  • Sandy!

    She’s not like other celebs who call people out in a passive aggressive way. She went OFF. Girl’s letting it all out there.
    There’s gotta be a better way to do this though. I was raised without a father. Here’s hoping they can work through this amicably

  • Krissy

    I think this was a really bad move on her part. First, her kid might eventually hear about this. Secondly, unless a parent is a danger to this kids, they really should be in their child’s life. Her comments about not needing a father are SO awful. Yes, mothers are special, but so is a dad. Preventing your child from seeing your ex is not putting the child’s needs first.

    • Shannon

      Krissy, ‘Her comments about not needing a father are SO awful.’ I gotta agree. I’m glad she deleted the tweets and I know how easy it is to lose it in the heat of the moment, but that was a really strong statement to put out there. We need more fathers around, not fewer– and we don’t need to normalize a world where fathers aren’t present.

  • Krissy

    “We need more fathers around, not fewer– and we don’t need to normalize a world where fathers aren’t present.”

    So true, and so well said.

  • Serenity

    I had a really great dad. Like, seriously awesome. My life would have been a lot dimmer if he hadn’t been a part of it. Count me in the group that thinks that both parents should be involved as long as there aren’t extraneous circumstances (like abuse, addiction, etc).

    I understand feeling freaked that they want to take her kid away, but taking her beef to Twitter was not wise. Even if she deleted, you know somebody had screencaps, and it can be used against her.

  • nicole

    her growing up without a dad should show her how important dads/both parents are in a child’s life. – i also cant believe she took this to twitter..i mean of all places..

  • Alys

    In no circumstances is it okay to negate the role of a father in a child’s life. Parents deserve to have equal time and impact. She is upset but it’s not right to drag her son into social media snarkfests.

  • blaqfury

    I have the best father in the world (and mother too), so i know the value of both and i can’t picture my life without them.

    I don’t know what’s worse, parents in a belittling nasty custody battle over a child or a parent who abandons a child…just hope the child can get thru this unscathed…