Lil Tay could be making her return to stardom soon after the outcome of a long custody battle. Her mother, Angela Tian, has reportedly been granted sole authority and custody of the teen rapper.
“We have won our case in court and my children and I can finally move on from this nightmare,” Tian told TMZ. “My daughter can pursue and achieve her dreams on her own terms, and we are finally a happy family again, together.”
Tay’s legal team Lorne MacLean K.C and Fraser MacLean of MacLean Law posted a statement to Instagram on behalf of Tay’s mother Angela.
Amidst the ongoing custody battle, the 14-year-old was also the recent victim of a death hoax. A false statement claiming Lil Tay had died was posted to her Instagram on August 9. Tay later confirmed she was alive and said her Instagram account had been compromised by a third party.
Chuck Wigg, who has been dating Angela Tian, told Daily Mail that the teen rapper has been living in Los Angeles for several months, working on her music career.
The custody battle began back in 2018 after Lil Tay’s father Christopher obtained a court order that prohibited the influencer from further making online content. It also required her to leave Los Angeles and return to Vancouver, Canada.
In April 2021, a GoFundMe profile organized by Lil Tay’s brother alleged that Tay had endured years of abuse and neglect at the hands of her father, according to the New York Post.
“My sister Tay has been silent on social media for the past 3 years because her absentee father served my mother a court order demanding control over Tay’s money, career and custody,” he wrote. “Tay is in desperate need of funds to support her fight against her abusive father, as a result of this situation she has been in a state of depression.”
Lil Tay’s father, TMZ reports, has now been to pay $275,000 in child support back pay, per the recent court decision. He will also be required to pay ongoing monthly child support.
The court decision gives “sole day-to-day and financial decision-making powers and responsibilities in the best interests of Tay Tian for Ms Tian.”
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