Utatakho: Celebrity paternity battles

18 June 2015
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Fathers' Day is on Sunday, and across the country socks and ties will be bought for the Superman in every one of our lives. But Father's Day is not a sentimental day for everybody. Many people are estranged from their fathers, and some don't know the identity of their fathers at all. The contesting and denial of paternity is a phenomenon that is suffered not only by ordinary people, but people in the public eye as well.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy sired now eight-year-old Angel Iris, whose mother is former Spice Girl Melanie "Mel-B" Brown. He denied paternity, and in December 2007 he told a Dutch TV show of Mel's pregnancy: "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test." In May the following year, Melanie told a tabloid magazine that Murphy was not only refusing to take a paternity test but that he also had not contacted her since Angel had been born. Eventually the test was taken, and with complete certainty, it was proven that little Angel Iris was Eddie Murphy's daughter.

Matthew Knowles

Matthew Knowles, father of superstar Beyonce and her sister Solange, had been married to their mother Tina for 31 years until news of an affair surfaced, with claims of a child being conceived from the affair. A paternity test proved that now four-year-old Nixon was indeed Matthew's biological son, but is estranged with his father and has never met his famous sisters. His mother is Canadian actress Alexsandra Wright, who says is fighting day and night for the her son's right to an identity.

Melusi Yeni

Former Generations and Muvhango actor Melusi Yeni was embroiled in a paternity battle when the mother of his child took him to maintenance court last year to compel him to pay maintenance for his child. It is reported that Yeni requested a paternity test to prove paternity before making any payments.

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