Tyrese Gibson is seeking primary custody of his daughter Shayla.
The 39-year-old actor currently has 50/50 joint custody of his 10-year-old daughter alongside her mother and his ex-wife Norma, but according to new court documents, it seems he is pushing for primary custody which would see her move out to Atlanta to live with him.
According to the papers – which were obtained by The Blast – Tyrese claims it is in “Shayla’s best interest” to relocate from Los Angeles, where she lives with her mother, to Atlanta.
The ‘Fast and Furious’ star claims in the documents that he has “created a stable and loving environment” for his daughter, as he lives “in a 23,000 square foot home in an affluent and safe neighborhood in Atlanta.”
Tyrese says Shayla will have her own bedroom and bathroom in his home, complete with an extra set of bunk beds for when she decides to bring friends over to stay the night. The star – who is expecting a second child with his wife Samantha Lee Gibson – also claims the quality of life will be better in Atlanta, because of the lack of paparazzi compared to the celebrity hotspot of LA. On Instagram, it is clear that the “Sweet Lady” singer would have more than enough space to accommodate his daughter.
He added in his papers: “In Atlanta … we are free to move around the city without being harassed or photographed.”
If Shayla does move to Atlanta, Tyrese has also promised to ensure she still keeps up a good relationship with Norma and has even offered to pay for his daughter’s flights back to Los Angeles to visit.
Tyrese was awarded joint custody of Shayla last year after a lengthy and difficult court case which saw Norma allege that he had been physically violent to their daughter.
He later exclaimed how “proud” he was to have been successful in his court battle, when he said: “Friday was not a win for me, it is a win for our daughter, Shayla. Who unfortunately has been exposed to tension, private and public embarrassment and growing up and feeling torn between 2 parents who are no longer married……
“It is a win because she gets to spend equal time with both of her parents in joint legal custody while she continues to grow in a happy and healthy environment – this has always been and will continue to be my priority.”