Tyrese Gibson Wins Joint Custody Battle
Eonline.com: Tyrese Gibson is speaking out after a judge awarded him joint custody of his only child—10-year-old daughter Shayla.
The child's mother and ex-wife Norma had in September obtained a temporary domestic violence restraining order against the Fast & Furious actor, claiming that he physically abused her and their child, which he denied. As part of the order, she obtained physical and legal custody of Shayla. The Department of Child and Family Services closed an investigation in November and on Friday, a judge awarded Gibson 50/50 joint custody of Shayla, beginning in January, and denied Norma's request to make the restraining order permanent, according to several reports.
"Today is 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," Tyrese wrote on Instagram on Saturday morning, alongside a slideshow of photos of him and his daughter over the years.
"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," he said.
He said that for the past 10 years, he has been "the best father" he could be while facing "false accusations" by Shayla's mother and "while being thrusted into unexpected social media storms all while trying to fight for my career and stay afloat financially."
Over the past few months, Tyrese had often shared long posts about his daughter and custody battle and other messages stemming from an online feud with Fast & Furious co-star Dwayne Johnson. He even threatened to quit Fast & Furious 9 if the actor reprised his role.
Last weekend, Tyrese posted on Instagram that he had had a "complete meltdown online" after suffering an "adverse effect" from a psychiatric medication.
"Today is the first day of the rest of my life with MY FAMILY, my FRIENDS, my fans and supporters and my business associates and of course my immediate TEAM - God bless you," Tyrese wrote on Saturday. "Broken but I will heal from this."
Tyrese's ex-wife has not commented on Friday's legal decisions.