Kelis Files Request For Support From Nas, Asks For Pre-Natal Care Funds, Nanny & Stem Cell Bank Fees
First Published: June 17, 2009 9:16 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- “Milkshake” singer Kelis has filed new documents in a Los Angeles court, asking her estranged husband, Nas, to pay spousal support and child support for their baby on the way.
Kelis, who is expecting a baby boy on July 21, claims in her court filing obtained by Access Hollywood, that she has “run out of money” and that her rap star husband “is refusing to pay for most of my expenses.”
In her declaration to the court, the singer revealed she spent the money she made as a singer-songwriter in part while she attended culinary school in 2008 and on her bills.
Kelis is asking Nas to foot the bill for a host of supplies related to the child she is carrying including $20,000 “towards the cost of purchasing strollers, cribs and other baby supplies” for the couple’s two residences – an apartment in Manhattan and a home in Los Angeles.
The singer is hoping to go back to work after the baby is born and she is asking Nas to help fund a nanny for that purpose.
In her court filing, Kelis reveals she earns around $21,616 a month, mostly from royalties for her past works. In her attempt to show Nas’ value, she noted he has released nine albums, worked on songs for feature films — including one starring Leonardo DiCaprio, signed a sneaker deal, produced a Mike Tyson movie and is part owner of a company called Gorillla Union.
The 30-year-old singer said in her filing that she and Nas kept separate bank accounts during their marriage and her only knowledge of his financial situation is what his business manger told her, and what she’s “read in the news media.”
“I do not have funds to maintain our marital lifestyle or pay for our unborn child’s expenses,” Kelis said in her filing, noting those expenses tally around $80,000 a month. “My survival is based on [Nas’s] will at this time.”
Additionally, in a letter to Nas’ lawyer, Mark Kaplan, Kelis’ lawyer, Laura Wasser, claims the singer needs money to buy storage space “to bank the baby’s blood when he is born. The banking is the collection and storage of the stem cells found in the baby’s umbilical cord.” A storage plan pricing information leaflet included in the filing notes stem cell storage costs $1,999 for the first year.
She has also asked for Nas to pay pregnancy-related medical expenses and half of the expenses related to their son after he is born. She has also asked that he pay the mortage, property taxes, insurance and utilities on their primary residence, as well as $100,000 toward her attorney fees and $50,00 toward forensic accounting fees.
Nas and his legal team have not yet responded to the petition.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Kelis filed for divorce from Nas in December after four years of marriage.
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