Kelis may have given her newborn son an important life lesson: It's all about the Benjamins, baby.
A day after the singer gave birth to a son, Knight, at a New York hospital, a judge granted the singer nearly $40,000 a month in supporter from estranged husband, Knight's father Nas. According to The Associated Press, a Los Angeles judge order the rapper to pay Kelis $30,791 in spousal support and also shell out $9,027 for baby Knight. Kelis Gives Birth, Bars Nas From Baby
Kelis and Nas (real names Kelis Rogers and Nasir Jones, respectively) have been locked in divorce proceedings since the "Milkshake" singer filed for divorce in April. The couple married back in 2003. Sex Tape Leads To Kelis and Nas Divorce
Finances have been a thorny issue, with Kelis charging that Nas wasn't paying for pregnancy expenses and seeking more money from him. Nas contends he already paid more than $30,000 for pregnancy matters. Another hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 to see if the payments need to be altered.
Originally, Nas offered to pay Kelis $20,000 in a lump sum until a hearing could be held to determine how much he should be paying for spousal and child support. However, Kelis rejected that offer, arguing that she needed more to support her lifestyle and that more was warranted according to income declarations submitted to the court.
According to Kelis's attorney, the signer is in the midst of looking a record deal and her earnings have dropped in the recent months.
Nas launched onto the music scene way back in 1994 with the release of Illmatic. He has since released nine other studio albums, including 1999's Nastradamus and an untitled album in 2008. It's been confirmed that he was working with reggage signer Damian Marley and a new album this upcoming fall.
Kelis's debut came in 1999 with the album Kaleidoscope. However it wasn't until 2003's Tasty, with the single "Milkshake" that Kelis found mainstream success in the U.S. Her latest release was a greatest hits album, released in 2008.
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