03/14/2013 09:05 am ET

M.I.A. vs. Benjamin Bronfman: Rapper Battles Billionaire Ex Over 4-Year-Old Son

Rapper M.I.A. and her ex-fiance, billionaire environmentalist Benjamin Bronfman, are battling it out over their 4-year-old son, Ikhyd.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, M.I.A. threatened to take Ikhyd out of Brooklyn, where they all live and where Ikhyd goes to school, back to her native London. In response, Bronfman "filed a motion for a temporary restraining order preventing her from taking their son to the UK against his wishes," per Page Six.

Once the court sided with Bronfman, M.I.A. took to Twitter to express her anger in a series of lashed out tweets, which she took down 30 minutes later. RadarOnline captured the tweets before they were removed, and reports the rapper said "BEN you cant take my son away from me 'The mother'. Just because you have money doesn't mean you hav ethe[sic] right," and "WOW. THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME . WHAT KIND OF S**T IS THAT ? THEY NEVER SEE HIM."

Furthermore, RadarOnline reports, M.I.A. brought up her own upbringing as evidence that a child should not be kept away from a parent. Though her own tweets are removed from Twitter, M.I.A. retweeted a few responses she got and those remain in her feed -- "The mother is way more important for a child than the father imo. He should think about that. I wish u the best. x" said one supporter, "NO MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TO FACE THIS. A CHILD MUST NEVER BE SEPARATED FROM THE MOTHER," says another.

Last year, Spinner reported that after M.I.A. split from Bronfman, his mother Sherry practically raised Ikhyd. The report added that at the time M.I.A. didn't see her son very often, and sometimes six weeks would go by without them seeing each other.

A request for comment made to M.I.A's rep was not immediately answered.



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