Yesha Callahan

Tamika Fuller Starts GoFundMe Campaign After Losing Custody Trial To Ludacris

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Tamika Fuller, the mother of Ludacris’ 16-month-old daughter Cai Bridges, lost another appeal last week and now has started a GoFundMe campaign. Fuller is attempting to raise $7,000 to fund a nonprofit for low-income mothers, as well as bring her daughter “Tink” back home.

Last week, an Atlanta judge denied Fuller a new trial to regain custody of her daughter, who she says was stripped away from her because Ludacris is wealthy.

“My experience in the Atlanta court system fighting for custody of my daughter has almost destroyed me, but I won’t let that happen,” Fuller wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I also never want another woman to feel as alone and hunted as I’ve felt throughout this process, so I am starting a foundation for mothers who are in similar situations. I want to provide support for women who are pregnant and aren’t getting any help from the father of their child. I also plan to provide resources that will educate women on how to have a safe and healthy pregnancy while under seemingly insurmountable stress.”

So far only $665 has been raised.

  1. April 14, 2015 - Reply

    this to me is an example when someone’s ego gets in the way of good parenting/judgment. if your child is fortunate enough to have one wealthy parent that is willing to take primary custody, then the best thing for your child is to let that happen & be an active part of the child’s life. i think it’s foolish to start a foundation based on returning kids back into poverty.

    • April 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      I agree with the gofund me situation, but if Sparger’s comment is true above, then that may be her only option for someone who isn’t wealthy.

      • April 14, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        i get the feeling that she’s fighting for custody for the sake of fighting & b/c she’s the “mom.” she hasn’t said anything that leads me to believe that ludacris wouldn’t be a good dad & the best option for their daughter to live with. ludacris is married, has a stable source of income, access to great schools, & no record of abuse that i’m aware of. what makes her better for the child than him besides being female?

        • April 14, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          I don’t think you’re familiar with the history of this case. Ludacris DIDN’T WANT the child in the first place. He was afraid the child would ruin his image. It also didn’t help that the child was born while in a serious relationship with his now wife (she actually left him when news first surfaced; I think it was the first time they were engaged as well). He paid her about $2500 (I’ve read reports that it was less than that; either way he spent $5000 a month on lawn maintenance alone so I don’t see why he couldn’t have spent that on a child) or so a month in child support while she worked. She wanted to provide the
          things you mentioned like access to great schools but needed more money to do so. He refused and that’s how they ended up in court. Coincidentally (and I say that sarcastically), he became engaged and married his current wife within a span of two months–right before the
          trial. Then, he was able to argue that she was an unfit parent and that he could provide the child with a stable income and a two parent household more likely because, as someone stated above, it’s cheaper to get full custody. I can’t argue that she’s a perfect person, but I do know that when everything started happening, she kept quiet. No interviews, no book deals, nothing. Now, she’s in debt due to lawyer fees all because she asked for more child support.

          • April 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Nicole

            i think he should cover her lawyer’s fees after all is said & done, but him not wanting the child in the beginning in order to save his relationship is not unheard of. & then them deciding to take the child as full custody so that they wouldn’t have to deal w/the mom isn’t unheard of either (i have a couple aunts who chose that path instead of divorcing their husbands & they raise the kid just like the rest of the kids in the house). none of that says that ludacris & his mrs. wouldn’t be able to provide the home that the child needs. if they feel like they can be great providers directly instead of just handing over checks each month, why not do that instead of forcing the court to spend tax payer dollars following up on child support payments & hearings?

            • April 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Me

              In this situation, it appears to be vindictive. As if he’s punishing her for having the child and ‘ruining ‘ his image.

              • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                @Delia

                his motivation doesn’t hold all that much weight to me unless she can prove that him being vindictive will cause harm to the child, which doesn’t seem to be the case since it seems like his goal is just to get rid of tamika. being vindictive has been motivation for lots of women who have children by men who don’t want them & turn around to use the courts against the man, which honestly seems like what she was planning to do. so nobody but the baby is innocent in this whole saga & my only concern is where will the child have the best life. based on what i know, it’s w/the child’s father. tamika’s best bet would have been to sue for partial custody or visitation rights instead of going down this route of trying to prove she’s the better parent or that she has better morals than ludacris. when all is said & done, they both made that bed of infidelity so neither one of them is standing on high ground. she just happened to take the biggest risk out of the situation & lost. it’s time for them to put the pettiness aside & just give the child a good life.

                • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                  @Me

                  I think best life for the child is where they will have the most love. Money does not equate to having a better life. I think that’s evident in entertainment news on these Hollywood kids and the adults they turn into.
                  A reasonable child support can be given to ensure a comfortable life for the child.
                  I don’t know who loves the child more or if that’s even the case. But I do feel for a mother who looses a child simply because the man is more powerful, not because they will provide a more loving home. To know your child may be raised by nannies instead of primarily their mother does not sit well with me.

                  • April 15, 2015 - Reply

                    @Delia

                    that may be so, but there’s no evidence of whether ludacris or tamika loves the child more. i could assume that all these media appearances tamika is doing is to prove she loves the child, but on the other hand i could also assume that the reason ludacris fought for custody is b/c he loves his child too much to let it be raised outside of his home. so far they both have used the child & the court to get back at each other over a failed relationship so i can only give them both the same amount of points in that category. there’s no concrete way to say who loves the child more in their situation. so with that said, the only difference b/t the two of them is who can provide the best home life & ludacris wins those points b/c he has a 2-parent, married household that’s financially stable & won’t need to chase after the other parent to make sure the child’s needs are taken care of.

          • April 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Nicole

            I don’t think you’re familiar with the history of this case. Ludacris DIDN’T WANT the child in the first place.

            A fetus is not a child. Her argument doesn’t work in a court of law, it only works on social media

            • April 14, 2015 - Reply

              @Objection

              A fetus is not a child????? This isn’t about politics, this is about morals. And morally, he is wrong.

            • April 16, 2015 - Reply

              @Objection

              we all started as a fetus. does a doctor say your fetus is developing fine and can hear the fetus heartbeat. have you ever heard a woman say she is pregnant with a fetus. and, there are fetal rights laws in place.

          • April 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Nicole

            Exactly!

          • April 15, 2015 - Reply

            @Nicole

            The courts don’t care about how they felt before the birth or why they had the baby. Whether one agrees with it or not, the court’s concern is today and what these two will do tomorrow.

  2. April 14, 2015 - Reply

    What people don’t realize in the majority of cases when a man sues for custody he gets it. Ludacris could have been making 40k a year and driving a cab and still won custody. These rich guys are realizing its much cheaper to get full custody and pay a nanny or nannies to watch the kid full time.

    • April 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Sparger

      And that’s sad to me. Rather than these ‘fathers’ ensuring their child has a healthy bond with their mother, they’re only concern is the almighty dollar. Disgusting. Didn’t Usher do the same?
      Yet, it frustrates me when a child is living with an unfit mother and the father isn’t putting up half a fight for their child’s behalf or has no resources to obtain them.
      Either scenario, the child looses in the end.

      • April 14, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        Why don’t you tell these gold digging baby moms to stop be worthless leeches and get a job instead. And who is healthy bond with their mother more important than a healthy bond with their father ?

        If a mother can’t support a child, them the father should get custody.`Period….

        • April 14, 2015 - Reply

          @stewie

          It takes two to make a child last time I heard. When is the man going to take responsibility and practice safe sex to avoid a situation described above? Misogynistic much????
          This woman has been practically best friends with Ludacris from my understanding since high school. Then they both messed around and had a break baby with her. Then feared for is ‘image’ after.
          I think this is more of getting attention than anything else. Maybe she does have a job and money, but nothing like Ludacris.

    • April 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Sparger

      Do you have any stats to back up that assertion? I was always under the impression that it is very hard for a man to get full custody.

  3. April 14, 2015 - Reply

    Sorry she lost custody but more men would have full custody of their children if they actually fight for them. The mother being the default custodian should end in my opinion.

    I hope she remains an active part of her daughter’s life as best as possible despite not having custody.

  4. April 14, 2015 - Reply

    Ludacris didn’t “win” custody because he is “wealthy.” He justly won the right to take care of his own child because you have proven to be an incompetent and worse parent.

    “I want to provide support for women who are pregnant and aren’t getting any help from the father of their child.”

    – Right. You can’t even provide adequate support for your own child. Why don’t you tell the whole truth? The father never wanted the child in the first place, so stop whining because your obvious scam didn’t go your way. He doesn’t need to “give you help” because he IS raising the child. Get over yourself, go get a job, and learn how to be a responsible parent.

  5. April 15, 2015 - Reply

    The judge has ruled in Ludacris’ favor, even after an appeal. Ludacris is wealthy and has great resources to care for the child. Yet, hopefully the child can experience a positive relationship with both its biological mother and its biological father. Long term, hopefully, both biologically parents can be on better social terms as people. The most important thing is the well-being of the child. Regardless of how people view Fuller, she should be commended for starting a foundation for supporting mothers who suffer harsh situations. Certainly, a child needs not only economic resources, but love and compassion too. True love for a child has no price tag.

  6. April 15, 2015 - Reply

    Does everyone have a GoFundme account now? Is it now de rigeur like a Facebook account? Should we be opening one to fund our vacations or pay off student loans? Inquiring minds wanna know…

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @AfroCapricornette

      good question!

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