Daniel Gibson is bringing clarity to claims that he asked his estranged wife, Keyshia Cole, for spousal support while also petitioning the courts for full custody of their son, Daniel Gibson Jr. The star athlete took to Instagram to express his feelings on the matter on Wednesday.

“For all you bozo’s that would ever think I could consider taking this lil guy away from his mother as much as he loves her and or (sic) a f*ccin dollar from her after all she’s been to me and everybody else in her family after everything.. somebody need to slap the whole sh*t outta you and ya mama too for raising ya dumb a*s. When I told @keyshiacole I was forever indebted I meant that sh*t,” he said.



Much of the confusion comes from court documents obtained by media that showed Daniel asking for spousal support and full custody. The celebrity father’s representative, however, explained that such strategy was common in family court.

“Mr. Gibson wishes to clarify that he is not actively seeking spousal support and full custody. Mr. Gibson submitted a full settlement proposal to Ms. Cole some time ago, which excludes spousal support and includes a shared custodial plan for their son. The document in question (i.e. Mr. Gibson’s Response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage) is what we in the family law sector call inclusive.

This means that a party will always file or respond in a way that gives them the best possible outcome in the event the can goes to trial, as it is much more difficult, time-consuming, and costly for the client to go back and amend a filing to ask for something that was not originally requested. Attorneys who are well-versed in Family Law are aware of this and almost always counsel their clients to file as such with the full understanding that a resolution is typically reached that is acceptable to both parties, particularly in a case like this, where the parties are on amicable terms.

It is regretful that this document has been publicized and is now subject to scrutiny by individuals unfamiliar with standard family law practices. Mr. Gibson hopes to resolve this matter with Ms. Cole as soon as possible in a way that will allow them to move forward amicably and continue their cooperative co-parenting efforts.”

So, no, Daniel Gibson is not trying to take away his estranged wife’s parental rights and, no, he isn’t asking Keyshia for any money. Everyone can calm down.


Keyshia Cole and Daniel Gibson were married for three years before separating in 2014. The former couple filed divorce documents with the courts a few months ago.



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