Asafa Powell has damaged his silence on years of accusations that he’s a deadbeat dad.
In a 15-minute video shared on-line, Asafa Powell shared his aspect of the tale following what gave the impression to be a sour upkeep dispute on the circle of relatives court docket between him and the mummy of his first child- his eight-year-old daughter.
According to Asafa, he isn’t a “deadbeat dad,” as posited through many individuals who’ve watched as the general public case went on over youngster enhance along with his child mom Amita Persaud-Webb, claiming that the sprinter does now not deal with his youngster and that she sought after $25,000 for upkeep per thirty days.
Asafa Powell, whose sprinting profession has been at the sluggish aspect because of many accidents, now has a YouTube channel along with his spouse, Alysia Powell. He printed his 15-minute video at the circle of relatives web page on Sunday wherein he denied that he was once ever in a “relationship” with Persaud-Webb.
However, he stated he changed into excited when he discovered that he was once to be a father for the primary time and did all he may just to make sure he was once there and provide within the youngster’s lifestyles.
“I’m not the type of person to come on social media and put my business out there…but this thing been lingering in the media for too long. My silence not helping; I figure I would just stay quiet and it would go away but at the end of the day, even if it [goes] away, people will still have it in the back of their heads to say ‘Yow, Asafa is this person’ and ‘Asafa don’t take care of his kids and all that stuff’,” he started.
The father of 3, along with his spouse anticipating his fourth youngster at the approach, stated Persaud-Webb was once by no means his ex-girlfriend as a result of they have been by no means in a dating. However, he has all the time sorted his youngsters, together with his daughter.
“The media have it to say that my daughter’s mother is my ex[-girlfriend]; please, stop saying that. She’s not my ex, she’s the mother of my child. We weren’t a couple, we weren’t together, we weren’t boyfriend and girlfriend. So please stop labelling the situation as ‘ex’,” he started.“I’ve done things in the past, you know, I was never innocent. I’ve got two beautiful children from my past and I love them to death. I take care of them fully; none a dem nah suffer. My kids are quite fine,” he persisted.
Powell was once the topic of ridicule after the mummy of his youngster took him to the Family Court in Kingston for youngster enhance in 2020. Asafa, in reaction, requested Persaud-Webb for evidence of paternity in their eight-year-old daughter.
He has since got rid of all footage of the eight-year-old, however his social media prominently options his older and more youthful sons along side his spouse.
However, the sprinter says that he catered to all Persuad-Webb’s wishes whilst she was once pregnant and whilst he was once away in Europe on a number of meets.
He and Persaud-Webb, alternatively, began having an issue with the latter allegedly verbally abusive. Still, in keeping with Powell, the topic of paternity or youngster enhance was once by no means taken to court docket through him.
“During this time there was just a lot of verbal abuse, like, random messages to my phone, calling me all sort of names. I ignore it. For years now court was supposed to come in play but my mom keep telling me ‘Don’t go to court. It doesn’t look good’,” he defined.
“I continue to support my daughter and my daughter’s mom during this time, like I said we were never together; I was just doing this out of love for my daughter and the appreciation I had for her (Persaud-Webb) for having my daughter,” he added.
In 2017, the sprinter stated Persaud-Webb threatened to take away his daughter from his lifestyles utterly, and that’s when the whole lot modified.
“[She] threatened for me not to see my daughter again; that I ‘act like father but I’m not a father’. She threatened to change my daughter last name and telling me I’ve never done anything for my child. So I’m like what? That don’t make sense,” he stated.
The sprinter admits that when this, in 2017, he scale back on the whole lot he was once doing for his daughter and her mom.
“So I cut back when she made that statement that I don’t do nothing for my child. I cut back on everything. So we came to an agreement and she came up with the figure she wanted. She said she wanted $25,000 a month and half a school fee.”
In 2017, Asafa Powell married fashion Alyshia Miller at the same time as he stopped doing a lot for his daughter. He, alternatively, says he was once harm through the best way other folks judged him over the placement.
“It kinda cut me deep when people around me questioning the situation. I mean, yeah, it don’t look good but you know everything and you shouldn’t question me,” he stated.
The sprinter says that whilst he and his spouse was once supporting his daughter, she was once dwelling at his mum or dad’s space, which led him to prevent paying the $25,000 to Amita.
Meanwhile, Persaud-Webb’s declare within the circle of relatives court docket has greater from $25,000 to $40,000.
The events have been up to now put on a gag order through the court docket whilst the topic was once being adjudicated.
However, Powell says his statements have been to make clear the placement. However, he says he isn’t troubled through the judgments handed on him through the general public as he and his circle of relatives know the reality of what has taken position.
“People dislike you for many reasons: maybe it’s the way you talk. Maybe it’s your success, how you look—maybe yuh nose too big. For me, I don’t know what it is but people assume seh mi perfect,” he ended.
Meanwhile, the case has concluded on the circle of relatives court docket with Powell’s ordered to pay $30,000 per thirty days in youngster upkeep. He may be accountable for part of the scientific bills and part of the learning bills incurred for his daughter till she reaches 18 years previous.
Amita Webb has now not reacted to the statements through Powell.