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Babyface, 62, seeks joint custody of daughter Peyton, 12, after announcing split from wife

Babyface, 62, seeks joint custody of daughter Peyton, 12, after announcing split from wife of seven years Nicole Pantenburg


Babyface is seeking joint custody of his daughter.

The 62-year-old star – whose real name is Kenneth Edmonds – and Nicole Pantenburg announced earlier this month they had split after seven years of marriage and now the Every Time I Close My Eyes singer has filed a response to his estranged wife’s divorce petition.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Babyface is seeking joint custody of 12-year-old Peyton and is willing to pay both spousal and child support to his wife. 

Babyface will keep paying: The record producer has said he would keep paying child and spousal support to soon to be ex-wife

Struggle at home: Babyface is seeking joint custody of his daughter. The 62-year-old star and Nicole Pantenburg announced earlier this month they had split after seven years of marriage and now the Every Time I Close My Eyes singer has filed a response to his estranged wife’s divorce petition 

However, he also requested the court recognize the couple’s prenuptial agreement when making financial awards as the document already states how much Nicole should receive in the event of a split.

The document added: ‘Separate property assets and debts per Prenuptial Agreement.’

In the filing, the producer lists the former couple’s date of separation as 15 October 2020. The pair announced earlier this month they had decided to go for their separate ways but would continue to put their children first.

A recent separation: Documents from the couple's divorce proceedings list the date of separation as October 15, 2020; seem in 2016

A recent separation: Documents from the couple’s divorce proceedings list the date of separation as October 15, 2020; seem in 2016

Babyface and the former Moesha actress – who got together in 2007 and married seven years later – issued a joint statement which read: ‘After much thought and with great sadness, we have decided to end our marriage. We continue to care and have respect for one another and share eternal love for our daughter and her well-being.’

‘We ask for personal privacy for ourselves and our daughter as we navigate these new steps as a family.’

Babyface was previously married to Tracey Edmonds, the mother of his sons Brandon and Dylan, from 1992 to 2005. The Never Keeping Secrets hitmaker has spoken of how much he cherishes his children in the past. 

'A lot of love in my life': The singer-songwriter once said his family, including wife Nikki, were big sources of love in his life

Personal privacy in the public eye: The couple released a statement early this month asking for privacy as they ‘navigate these new steps as a family’; seen in 2017

He previously said: ‘The big love of my life. That’s a hard question because there’s a lot of love in my life. There’s my wife, Nikki.’

‘There’s my daughter and my boys. A couple of years ago I lost my mom, and when someone that important leaves this world, it leaves you with his feeling of wanting to grab every moment with those that are around you, and appreciate it.’

Babyface’s year is going much better professionally than it is personally. The 10-time Grammy Award winner took home a Trustees Award at this year’s ceremony, a lifetime achievement award in the music field.  

Still an industry force: Babyface's year is going much better professionally than it is personally. The 10-time Grammy Award winner took home a Trustees Award at this year's ceremony, a lifetime achievement award in the music field; seen in 2018

Still an industry force: Babyface’s year is going much better professionally than it is personally. The 10-time Grammy Award winner took home a Trustees Award at this year’s ceremony, a lifetime achievement award in the music field; seen in 2018

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