“My dad is now like a stranger,” Wyntergrace Williams, the daughter of Montel Williams told the Daily News. Wynetergrace,14, and her brother Montel,16, claim that their dad has abandoned them emotionally and physically.
As told by the NYDailyNews:
Williams, who styles himself as an inspirational guru, is locked in a 10-year fight with his ex-wife over son Montel, 16, and daughter Wyntergrace, 14. The Connecticut teens say the talk-show host has turned his back on them – paying $18,700 a month in child support while depriving them of the emotional support they crave.
“My dad is now like a stranger,” Wyntergrace, who turns 15 this week, told the Daily News.
“Everyone knows him as a great guy, but he’s not making the best choices as a parent.”
Williams, 53, is a former military man who won Emmys hosting his daytime show, which heavily promoted the importance of family and social responsibility. These days, he hosts a radio show, writes change-your-life memoirs and hawks a series of products under the name “Living Well.”
Meanwhile, his children say his public persona doesn’t jibe with their personal pain – and they are asking that Williams either take an active role in their lives or let their mom make all the decisions.
“I wouldn’t say I really have a relationship with my dad,” the younger Montel said. “He’s not in my life right now. It’s his choice.
“I eat every night. I’m comfortable, but I can’t say I have him as a father,” he added. “There’s all this fighting over things that shouldn’t be a fight, like paying for my PSAT.”
Wyntergrace has seen him four times in five years and their last meeting – a therapy session in September – was a disaster.
“He walked in already mad. He said he thought we were going to dinner, but my e-mail clearly said we were going to see my therapist,” she said.