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M.I.A.’s Tweets Reveal Messy Custody Battle

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Though M.I.A. and former fiancé Ben Bronfman split in early 2012, the aftershocks of the breakup are still being felt. Wednesday (March 13), the Sri Lankan singer/rapper posted a series of tweets calling out Bronfman, who is reportedly trying to gain full custody of their four-year-old son, Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman.

The three tweets, which have since been deleted but are viewable via Spin, found M.I.A. livid over the possibility of Bronfman and his family getting custody of their son. “BEN,” she first tweeted, “you can take my son away from me “The mother” . Just because you have money doesnt mean you have the right.”

She went on to claim that despite wanting full custody of the child, the Bronfmans “never see” Ikhyd, and that “every child needs the MOTHER.”

M.I.A. also tweeted directly at Bronfman himself, claiming he was holding her and her son “hostage” in New York and that she would keep tweeting at him “till you grow some balls and call me.”

Though dubious, the New York Post’s Page Six seems to confirm all this; according to their story, Bronfman filed a restraining order in a Kings County court barring his ex-partner from heading to London — and taking their son with her. The story’s unnamed source noted that, “M.I.A has been texting and calling Ben, saying she will take their son to London, even though they both live in Brooklyn and the child goes to school there.”

When the news came of M.I.A.’s split with Bronfman last year, the New York Daily News made claims that the “Bad Girls” “sometimes goes six weeks without seeing” her son.

There has been no response from Seagrams heir Bronfman, the former leader of the Exit and founder of the Green Owl record label. His father, Edgar Bronfman Jr., also served as the CEO of Warner Music Group until 2011.

- Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

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