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Update: Eddie Murphy says Angel was not planned, child support has been paid

08/04/2007 at 10:09 PM ET

Eddieandmel Update:  Gloria Allred, the attorney for Melanie Brown, complained Saturday that — contrary to yesterday’s statement, in which he vowed to ‘honor his responsibilities as a father’ — Eddie Murphy "has not indicated … to us that he plans to visit" the estranged couple’s daughter, 4-month-old Angel Iris.  Gloria added that Melanie’s primary desire is that Eddie "see his child, spend time with her, hold her, love her and bond with his daughter."

Originally posted Aug. 3: Eddie Murphy is refuting assertions by Melanie Brown that their 4-month-old daughter Angel Iris was "completely" planned, as well as claims by Melanie that Eddie has failed to pay "one penny" of child support in the wake of a DNA test confirming the baby’s paternity.

Eddie Murphy always has and will continue to honor his responsibilities as a father. Mr. Murphy and Ms. Brown dated very briefly and never made any plans of ANY sort. He acknowledges paternity of the child Angel, and has paid child support to Ms. Brown as well as covering the expenses of her pregnancy.

The statement, issued this afternoon, comes on the heels of a press conference held by Melanie and her attorney Gloria Allred on Wednesday.  Eddie said that he views the issue of child support for Angel Iris "as a private matter" and the actor "will not be making any further comments about it."

Sources:  The Insider, Metro

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Nicole on

It sounds like it’s a “private matter” because he’s not paying and it makes him look bad. I really lost a lot of respect for him over this situation.

Shay on

I don’t know who is telling the truth here – Scary says the baby was planned and they were contemplating marriage; Eddie claims she was unplanned and they were a casual relationship. But they (especially Scary) should stop talking to the press because all that is going to eventually hurt baby Angel. He said/she said. My only problem is that Scary said she left because “there were things going on in his life that she would not be a part of”. But it’s ok if her innocent baby is exposed to that? For Angel’s sake, I hope both of her parents grow up!

Natasha on

I don’t personally like Eddie Murphy but I do believe the fact that Angel wasn’t planned. Judging by what both of them said, I don’t think Angel was planned at all.

Mamasan on

I think he’s a liar who doesn’t want to take responsibility. I have no respect for him.

Anna on

How sad, someday if Angel allows, he will have to explain such stupid comments!! May God forgive you Eddie….

LA Shark on

Oh snap! now that his baby Momma #2 joins forces with baby Momma #1 he is getting colder by the minute!

babycakes on

I think Eddie should be ashamed of himself.

G-Girl on

WHAT EVER!!! He is a day late and a dollar short. It took her doing all of that for him to own up. So sad. I hope he paid the attorney expenses too!

Venni on

I think Eddie is such a loser. His comment about child support being a private matter is not true. Today one can barely get a driver’s license much less a professional license if they are not current on child support. I cannot, for the life of me, see why Tracey E. is with him.

LAILA on

What is wrong with this man? Even if the baby wasn’t planned why come NOW out and say that? What possible good does it serve at this point? Frankly I don’t understand why Mel B is pursuing him for child support or to be a part of her daughter’s life. If I were her I’d want him to keep his money and his triflin’ self out my kid’s life.

lisen on

C’mon – we don’t know what’s true. The only thing we know for sure Murphy did was make a horrible statement about “Well, it remains to be seen if it’s my child”. Imagine when the kid grows up and hears about that. He should have kept his doubts private.

Scary tells a very sympathetic story. It may all be true…or not. We really have no way of knowing.

But she’s been playing to the media for a while now and it just isn’t necessary for her or her daughter. Why does she need to court public opinion in this matter?

I think she’s just enjoying the attention.

Annoynomus on

Personally, I think Mel is doing the right thing by trying to get Eddie to pay child support and wanting Angel to know both of her parents. I know that Mel is certainly not hurting when it comes to money, but the fact of the matter is that Angel is Eddie’s child as well as hers, and he needs to take some responsibility.
As far as Angel knowing both of her parents, I am certainly not saying that Eddie should share custody of her with Mel, or even have visitation rights to her. However, I do think that Angel should at the very least be able to meet him at some point. Just because Eddie was a jerk to Mel doesn’t mean that his daughter deserves to grow up without knowing him.
All of that said, I think BOTH Mel and Eddie lied and/or exaggerated a bit. I don’t believe that Angel was COMPELETLY planned as Mel said, nor do I believe that she wasn’t planned at all as Eddie claimed. After all, Mel DID say that she had her IUD removed, and obviously she knows what has or hasn’t happened with her own body.
I also don’t neccesarily think that Mel is doing all of this just because she loves the attention. It seems to me that right now, she just wants to do what’s best for Angel.
Good luck, Mel! Keep fightin’ for little Angel!

Leila on

I just don’t see the use in Melanie airing the baby’s business in the public’s view. In the last year, how many interviews and articles has she done on this story? Quite a few. During the press conference, Gloria Allred told Eddie, “It’s over” or “You’re going down” or something to that effect. Gloria, the lawyer, doesn’t work for free. She’s estimating her payday as well. People are seeing $$$. In addition to child support checks, Melanie Brown may want to reunite with Eddie.

andrea on

why would he pay for Brown’s pregnancy expenses after telling a reporter that he doesn’t know who the father of the baby is?

if he doesn’t want to be a father to anymore children, he should close up the factory.

gabriella on

I don’t think the baby was planned, mel and him weren’t even together that long and by the way he is acting, doesn’t seem like a planned wanted child on his behalf. That being said he needs to stop being a jerk, and act like a father in every way. If I was mel I wouldn’t push him to be in her life though, let him look angel in the face and explain why he was such a rotten father in the future. Child support he has to pay legally though.

may on

i actually believe that child support should be sorted only between parents and people must not insult eddie only he’s not saying something they want to know. according to how much he spoke to media and how much did she, he looks more grown up than melanie. and i actually believe that angel wasn’t planned, it’s just sad that one day she’ll learn to use internet..

Car on

I don’t think Mel is very credible at all. At the time of their breakup she claimed to have been taken by complete surprise at his announcement they were no longer together, she made a big media hype of that one. Now she claims she left him, because of unsavoury activities, hmmmm wonder what is really the truth.

I think she quickly fell in love with his fame and money and her pregnancy probably was planned …. by her ! It certainly has helped bring her back into the media attention.

lilli on

I don’t understand all of the hatred of Eddie Murphy. He had a right to question paternity. Women don’t ever lie about paternity? I had a neighbor who raised a child for 6 years before he found out his son was not his biological child. How did he find out? They never went to court over child support. They had always handled that between the two of them. When the child turned 6, they could no longer agree.
The child’s mother took him to court to increase child support payments. He wanted more visitation. The test was taken to establish his parental rights. She’d never informed him that there was another potential daddy. Imagine the pain of finding out the child you love is not yours.He’s still raising the child. The boy doesn’t know he’s not his biological father. But his mom can drop that little bomb at any time.

This is not about Ms. Brown and her hurt feelings. He wanted a paternity test. So what? Get from in front of the camera and work out what’s best for your daughter. Whether it’s between the two of you or in court.

Aileen on

Maybe Mel wanted to get it out in the open that shes not a slut..which maybe she is..and maybe thats why she is airing dirty laundry. One thing is for sure..whether or not the child was planned doesnt matter now and Eddie should be in his daughters life. he already used one excuse and now that the test came back positive, he seems to be using more excuses.

Melissa on

Planned… Not Planned… Get over it because you gotta go pay and you did the wrong thing anyways. And I’d believe Melanie B over Eddie Murphy any day!

Althea on

The quote that annoys me the most is ‘the child Angel’.

More like HIS child Angel.

Whether she was planned or not, we can only speculate and I don’t think that this is the point.

The point is that no matter what, this man seems to avoid taking responsibility over his child.

I have no respect for him anymore.

amara on

Melanie should’ve kept her mouth shut ala Liz Hurley. She opted to bring this thing to gutter level. Eddie has the right to defend himself. It’s no longer about Angel but about Melanie being a scorned woman. When he made the first comment about he wasn’t sure it was his everyone went crazy. Granted, he should have kept his mouth shut. People in relationships don’t always see eye to eye. This is obvious with these two.

justin88 on

Probably she’s just enjoying the attention

Marilyn on

How could there be such extremes in regard to their statements. Either he paid child support or he didn’t. Either she was planned or she wasn’t (which doesn’t really matter either way. Either they were planning on marrying or they weren’t. Somebody isn’t telling the truth. Why would Mel get an attorney if she wasn’t getting child support from him. He’ll probably have more children with his fiancee, too. I think he has 8 children now. Maybe he’ll have as many as the couple who have 17 someday.

Vanessa on

*My only problem is that Scary said she left because “there were things going on in his life that she would not be a part of”. But it’s ok if her innocent baby is exposed to that? For Angel’s sake, I hope both of her parents grow up!*

I completely agree 110%. Eddie Murphy may not be the sharpest tool in the shed throughout this ordeal, but Mel B. isn’t doing such a hot job herself exposing her child to this garbage either. And it says a lot about a woman who would *plan* a pregnancy with a man and then babble on about how “trashy” his personal life is. Was it so horrible when you were trying to get sperminated?

LAILA on

I don’t understand all of the hatred of Eddie Murphy. He had a right to question paternity. Women don’t ever lie about paternity? I had a neighbor who raised a child for 6 years before he found out his son was not his biological child. How did he find out? They never went to court over child support. They had always handled that between the two of them. When the child turned 6, they could no longer agree.
The child’s mother took him to court to increase child support payments. He wanted more visitation. The test was taken to establish his parental rights. She’d never informed him that there was another potential daddy. Imagine the pain of finding out the child you love is not yours.He’s still raising the child. The boy doesn’t know he’s not his biological father. But his mom can drop that little bomb at any time.

This is not about Ms. Brown and her hurt feelings. He wanted a paternity test. So what? Get from in front of the camera and work out what’s best for your daughter. Whether it’s between the two of you or in court.
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I don’t care if Murphy wanted a billion paternity tests, that’s not my issue with him. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he had genuine reasons to doubt the baby’s paternity; fine get a test. But something this sensitive you handle privately you don’t go on television and say how you don’t know whose child that is. I wish they’d resolve this behind closed doors too. But Murphy was the one you took it public and Melanie who had been pretty quiet until then, simply responded in kind.

ella on

Completely agree Laila, he brought their business to the public and now it’s not serving his purposes all of a sudden it becomes “a private matter”? If it turned out the baby wasn’t his I bet he would be screaming it from roof tops. I think the reason Mel B is doing all this publicly is for revenge (frankly who wouldn’t after such humiliation, kudos to her too cause it’s working I mean look at his image now, admittedly he did most of the dirty work himself) and also just as a way to get through to him as she said in Essence mag all her attempts to contact him via his people have been futile so he leaves her no choice.

terri on

If he had every right to question the paternity, then it certainly took him long enough to take one. She had to get a court order for him to submit to it. Give me a break that he didn’t have a pretty good idea that he was the father. He didn’t want to know the truth. He was very ugly when asked about Mel’s pregnancy. He could have simply deferred on commenting on his private life like many other celebrities and handled all this privately. He’s been running scared and acting like a scumbag ever since.

Dawna on

Both Mel and Eddie are to blame for not using birth control or at least ensuring no accidental pregnancy. If Eddie did not want more children he should have gotten a vasectomy. Also, a woman that is dating a man for just a month intentionally gets pregnant goes around after the fact saying it was a planned pregnancy? I don’t think so as I’ve yet to meet either a man or woman that upon meeting someone and dating them for a few weeks plan to get pregnant right away. Mel should have taken a lesson from Elizabeth Hurley and Mary Louise Parker who were in the same situation, and yet resolved their situations with class and far less publicity.

Veroncia on

This is my life without all the money, celebrity, and high powered lawyers…LOL

1. Murphy, as well as any man, has the right to question paternity if he feels that there is a chance that the baby isn’t his. The test should be done at birth, and not court ordered two or three months after Eddie. He should have manned up and done it right away.

2. Once paternity is established, the mother has every right to pursue all legal means available to get financial support for her child, whether the child was planned or not.

3. Mothers and fathers have a duty to their children not to speak ill of their child’s conception, or about the other parent, especially to the media. Murphy definately started this battle. He should have kept his mouth shut. But when he didn’t, Mel B. should have kept silent and handled her business.

4. Unfortunately, the legal system can only mandate financial support. It is up to a parent how involved he/she will be soicially and emotionally with their children. I feel that Mel B. is begging for Murphy to be a part of the child’s life and that pretty pathetic. She should stop calling press conferences and move on. Should Murphy decided to never had a relationship with his child, that is his lost. All Mel has to do is keep the door open. Little Angel will know what kind of man her father is on her own.

Angela on

Melanie B is enjoying all this attention. I don’t believe the baby was planned. Her and Eddie were only dating for about 4 months. You don’t know somebody well enough after that amount of time to consider having a baby together.

I don’t like the way she is being so public about this. It is a private matter, which should be dealt with privately. I find it hilarious that she met up with Eddie’s ex-wife at The Ivy, the paps hang out there every minute of every day!

And I can’t help thinking that Melanie got pregnant on purpose. Her other daughter Phoenix is 8, she has been with a lot of men since she was born, but never got pregnant, so she was obviously very careful. She was with Eddie, a multi-millionaire, for like 5 minutes and she got pregnant. I can’t help but think his bank balance had something to do with that.

TwinMom on

I don’t think that baby was planned at all. And the way Mel has been yapping to the press from the beginning doesn’t make me think much of her.

As for Mel saying that Eddie had things going on in his life that she didn’t want to be a part of, then why is she so anxious to have him be a part of the baby’s life? Sounds to me like she isn’t over him and wants to maintain some kind of communication.

Rhona on

I have never been a fan of Eddie Murphy but Mel B just lost me as a fan. I think she is acting all selfish and I notice that her lawyer has not denied that Murphy did pay the child support, now they want him to visit the child, will the press make him love that child? The more she alienates him in the public the less likely it is that he will love his child. There are more decent ways of handling things. I have always said that baby was not planned, it does not take a genius to work that out. Eddie has 7 kids, why want a child badly after meeting a woman for a month? For what? Unless he said all that in a drunken state. And Mel B, why get pregnant intentionally from a man you have been with for a month? How much do you know about him? And meeting with his ex at IVY’s? What up with that?

ella on

For as long as Eddie refuses to open channels of communication GUARANTEE there will be a press coference every time she needs to talk to him and she clearly isn’t shy. A mother’s got to do what she’s got do, there’s a baby now to consider and God willing for many years to come he has to deal with it.

ella on

Also, how can Eddie claim he met her pregnancy expenses when he was questioning partenity???? Blatant lies.

TracyG on

I think Mel B likes that she is back in the spotlight for WHATEVER reason. Seems to me that it is SHE who is bringing all this out to the public. Eddie probably wanted to keep it quiet but when Mel went to the press, he had to defend himself.

I don’t know Eddie from a hole in the ground, but he always seemed like a loving father to his kids with his ex. Speaking of which, Mel meeting up with Eddie’s first wife is just strange. It’s like she wants to get into his life that much further.

Her career was over and she was the least popular spice girl. I think she just loves all the new attention she’s getting by bringing all this paternity/baby stuff to the forefront. :You can’t tell me she’s not getting PAID to do all these interviews…she’s in it for the money, not so Eddie can “know and love his child”

This all REEKS of desperation to me.

mookie on

Scary is 100% responsible for the disaster she has created for that sweet little girl. sure, eddie should definitely pay what is due to properly care for the baby. but what kind of nit-wit has unprotected sex without being married and then feigns this “poor me” attitude? Both these people are losers and should be ashamed of themselves. It takes a mom and a dad to raise kids. not a popular idea these days, i know. but it is the truth.

Simone on

This is he said she said business and the only 2 people that know the truth are them.

I only feel sorry for the little girl b/c one day she will come to find out all of this and I dont envy her parents b/c I doubt it will be nice for them!!!

meghan on

i agree with what rhona said regarding mel b’s atty not addressing the child support issue again after eddie murphy’s claims. i think most likely he has been providing support – just not what mel b wants…

essie on

Also, how can Eddie claim he met her pregnancy expenses when he was questioning partenity???? Blatant lies.
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Not a lie at all. He most likely paid her expenses after the fact. Happens all he time.

In my opinion, any woman who hires Gloria Allred as an attorney is not looking for justice, she’s looking for publicity!! I can imagine Ms. Allred is the one who suggested the lunch with Eddie’s ex-wife. It was not done privately since they met at the notorious Ivy and someone (Allred) called the media. Mel is enjoying all this publicity and the baby is a means to an end for her, nothing more. She wants millions from Eddie Murphy. She won’t get it but she’s trying hard.

Dawn on

“I have never been a fan of Eddie Murphy but Mel B just lost me as a fan. I think she is acting all selfish and I notice that her lawyer has not denied that Murphy did pay the child support, now they want him to visit the child, will the press make him love that child?”

Will the press make him love the child? No. But if he were a real man he would love the child and accept the child. How is Mel B acting selfish? She is defending herself and her daughter.

“The more she alienates him in the public the less likely it is that he will love his child.”

So, she should lie publically so that Eddie will accept his daughter? Again, Eddie should be a real man and step up to the plate. Mel B should not have to lie and hide the truth for Eddie to be a father and do his job as a parent. If Mel’s “behavior” makes him not love his child he is not a real father nor a real man and he shouldn’t be allowed within three feet of Angel.

“Eddie has 7 kids, why want a child badly after meeting a woman for a month? For what?”

He has done this twice before to two other women. The odds are in Mel’s favor that she is the one telling the truth and not him.

“Unless he said all that in a drunken state.”

Eddie is a grown adult. He has to take responsiblity for his own behavior. How he acts is no one’s responsibility but his.

“And meeting with his ex at IVY’s? What up with that?”

His ex is the mother of Angel’s half siblings. Mel has the right to know her (Nicole) and the children have the right to know each other as well.

“In my opinion, any woman who hires Gloria Allred as an attorney is not looking for justice, she’s looking for publicity!!”

I am no fan of Allred but she is an excellent attorney and I would be first in line to hire her myself if I needed legal assistance. This apparently was the only thing Mel could do to make Eddie start to take responsibility. Would you sit back and do nothing if you were in her situation?

“Mel is enjoying all this publicity and the baby is a means to an end for her, nothing more. She wants millions from Eddie Murphy. She won’t get it but she’s trying hard.”

If I were Mel, damn straight I would be trying to get child support for my daughter. I have no doubts that she loves both of her children and for anyone to suggest otherwise is being unintentionally cruel.

Kim on

Dawn, I just wanted to say that I agree with you 100%. I am tired of people putting Mel B down for trying to get child support for her child. It doesn’t matter how much money she makes, whats right is right. Any mother wouldn’t want the father of their child to get away with not paying child support and not being a part of their child’s life, so why should Eddie Murphy get away with it as well. I think its also more than just the child support, its about showing his child that he actually loves her and treating her as if she were his daughter.

I was glad to read your post Dawn.

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