Her milkshake may have brought all the boys to the yard, and he may be widely considered one of hip hop's most influential artists, but Kelis and rapper Nas are now officially divorced.
A Los Angeles court granted the couple a divorce last week. The pair split in April 2009; Kelis cited irreconcilable differences in her divorce papers, which were filed just months before she gave birth to the couple's son, Knight. Since the filing, both sides have publicly spoken out about their distaste for one another and the terms of their divorce. Blogs and magazines have widely reported the showdowns since last April.
Kelis Rogers and Nasir Jones have been unable to come to terms on custody arrangements andspousal support payments. In early May, Nas begged a judge to reduce his monthly payments to Kelis, citing that he could not afford the hefty $10,000 installments. The rapper and producer also has stated that his now ex-wife has made visitation with his son impossible and that she remains uncooperative and hostile. In addition, Nas' camp has alluded to infidelity as being the primary reason for the split. Rogers, on the other hand, has stayed out of the debate for the most part, adding only that her ex owes her back child support. Nas has pled not guilty to the charges but could face jail time should a judge disagree. The case is set to go to trial later this year.
The Grammy-nominated Kelis and her rap mogul ex were married in July 2003. Other legal woes have plagued the duo along the way, including an incident outside a Florida nightclub that lead to an arrest for Kelis in 2007. Nas was arrested for DUI and possession last December and has faced other alimony disagreements with Carmen Bryan, his ex-fiancée and mother of his daughter.