Fantasia’s Ex has Filed Custody Lawsuit for Daughter Zion

A rep for American Idol season 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino, tells RumorFix  that a lawsuit has been filed in Meckleburg, North Carolina by Brandel J. Shouse, the father of  the singer’s first child, Zion.

The rep released an official statement:

Fantasia Barrino is currently involved in a Child Custody, Visitation, and Child Support legal proceeding filed in Mecklenburg, North Carolina. The lawsuit was filed by Me. Brandel J. Shouse, the father of Fantasia’s 13-year-old daughter Zion. Despite living in North Carolina, Mr. Shouse had very little personal contact with Zion and has provided no financial support for her. The case will not be heard until 2015. Fantasia is confident that legal process will move forward smoothly and that the Court will make a decision that is in the best interest of Zion.

Fantasia hopes that her fans understand the sensitive nature of these matters and that she cannot share with them all of the details at this time. Fantasia also knows that all of her ‘Baby Mama’ fans know exactly what she is going though and will support her as she continues to take wonderful and complete care of her daughter.

According to Rumor Fix, Fantasia dated Shouse for five years but “reportedly called it quits in 2003.”   The singer is currently in a serious relationship with Kendall Taylor.  The new boyfriend reportedly has a rap sheet that includes “assault on a female, possession of prescribed drugs with intent to sell” and “possession of weapon on campus.” However, after finding God, he turned his life around and is now the COO of a courier company in North Carolina and a mentor to offenders in the MOVE program in Charlotte.

Fantasia is also a mother to a son–3 year old Dallas. There were headlines galore when Fantasia began seeing the boy’s father, Antwaun Cook, who was married at the time.

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