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Hollywood stars who pay child, spousal support

The recent Hakimi divorce case saga has triggered numerous discussions. As it is in the United States, following the dissolution of a marriage or other…

The recent Hakimi divorce case saga has triggered numerous discussions. As it is in the United States, following the dissolution of a marriage or other comparable relationship, a parent may continue to pay child support on a periodic basis for the financial benefit of their kid, or depending on their earnings and assets, the husband or wife will be required by the court to provide monthly spousal support. In this feature, Weekend Magazine highlights some Hollywood celebrities who are mandated by the court to pay child or spousal support and how much they pay.

Eddie Murphy

Given that the well-known actor has 10 children from multiple ex-wives, it is logical to assume that he makes a sizable monthly child support payment. The only amount that is known, though, is what he pays to former Spice Girl Mel B, whom he dated for nine months in 2006.

A DNA test revealed that Eddie Murphy was the father of her daughter, Angel, and the actor was forced to pay $73,000 every month. He will continue to pay that sum until Angel is 18, bringing the total pay-out over the years to more than $15 million.


Madonna is not just another female celebrity who had to pay a sizable amount of spousal support to her ex-partner. Her payment may have been among the highest ever in a divorce. Although the couple formally tried to keep these facts confidential, the divorce settlement between her and her husband Guy Ritchie is said to have ranged between $76 and $96 million.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson, whose estimated net worth is $622 million, was mandated to pay $44,000 a month in child support to his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva. That amounts to $528,000 per year for Lucia.

According to the Daily Mail, his Russian pianist ex had initially requested $100,000 a month in instalments, but the agreement seemed to depend on her promise to conceal recordings of him yelling racist slurs in a fit of rage. She didn’t, and the tapes were made public in 2010.

Tom Cruise

With a net worth of roughly $366 million, Cruise is reported to pay Katie Holmes $48,300 each month in child support for his daughter Suri, who is 13-years old. Additionally, he must cover Suri’s costs for her education, dental work, insurance, and other extracurricular activities. Once Suri turns 18 in 2024, the monthly payments will stop.

Britney Spears

Britney and backup dancer Kevin Federline were only a married for three years, but she will continue to support their two children for a very long time. Spears was required to pay Federline $36,600 per month for each of the couple’s two sons, Sean and Jayden, until they turn 18 as part of the highly publicised divorce deal between the two in 2007.

2010 data analysis by E! News revealed that Spears “paid out $444,432 for child support and care.” Britney reportedly consented to pay her ex-husband “thousands more a month in child support” under a secret new agreement, according to The Blast’s article in 2018. Federline allegedly requested “three times” as much money as his prior request of $36,600.

Charlie Sheen

Although Charlie Sheen reportedly has a net worth of $220 million, at one point he was paying two child support payments totalling roughly $161,000 per month. He gave his ex-wife Denise Richards about $80,000 for their children Lola and Sam, and he gave his former lover Brooke Mueller the same amount for their twin sons Bob and Max.

According to TMZ, in 2016, both Richards and Mueller accepted a reduction to $40,000 each, implying that Sheen pays $80,000 per month in fees to his estranged spouses and children.

Halle Berry

Actress and former beauty queen Halle Berry, has been in court several times for child support payments. According to TMZ, Berry had been paying ex-boyfriend and model Gabriel Aubry $16,000 a month in child support in 2014.

She reportedly moved to court to have the payments cut to $3,800 because she was worried Aubrey was using the money to fund his own lifestyle, such as his gym membership and health insurance, instead of daughter Nahla.

Marc Anthony

In 2014, Marc Anthony was mandated to pay ex-wife Dayanara Torres, the mother of his two boys Christian and Ryan, a whopping $26,800 a month in child support in addition to $12,000 per month for travel expenses.

Torres initially requested an increase in Anthony’s monthly payments from $13,400 to $123,426 owing to lifestyle changes that would necessitate a nanny and a maid. That massive request was denied by a judge, who also decreed that child support would end when the children turned 18 in accordance with California law.

This was a change from the earlier arrangement, which stated that assistance would last until the children turned 21 “plus college education.” Anthony has a daughter, Ariana, from a previous relationship, as well as twins, Emme and Max, with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson’s very secret nine-year marriage came to an end when her husband Rene Elizondo requested a divorce. According to reports, Jackson was sued by Elizondo for $25 million in spousal support. She eventually consented to pay her ex-husband a total of $15 million after a two-year legal struggle.

Ann Heche

There were plenty of bitter words and drama involved in this actress’s divorce from her spouse Coley Laffoon. Nevertheless, Laffoon asked for custody of their son Homer and $33,000 in spousal support.

According to the Associated Press, Heche was mandated to provide her ex-husband a lump sum payment of $275,000 and $3,700 a month in child support in place of spousal support.

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