: MediaTakeOut.com just learned some SAD NEWS. R&B singer Anita Baker may get LOCKED UP . . . for not living up to the divorce settlement with her estranged husband Walter Bridgforth.
Here’s what happened. Walter and Anita have known each other for over 30 years and were married for nearly 23 years. The couple was together all throughout Anita’s career, and Walter claims that he helped her with some of her more popular recordings.
Well last year, they decided to split, and share joint custody of their two sons, Walter Jr (16) and Edward (15). As part of the divorce, MediaTakeOut.com learned that the couple agreed to split all of Anita’s recording money and royalties 50-50.
So anyway, now it seems like Anita has changed her mind, now that she came to her senses. According to reports, Anita is refusing to sign the paperwork so that dude can get his 50% of her hard earned money. Walter claims that Anita is reneging on her deal.
So the two are going before a judge today on a contempt hearing where Anita will have to either sign the papers, or go to jail.
We kinda got to agree with Anita on this one. It just don’t seem fair that she does all the singing, and that dude gets half the money . . .
MTO- are you guys over there really that stupid?
He was with her for over 30years; before she became famous and before she made her wealth, most certainly he deserves half, if it were the other way around and she was suing him this wouldn't be an issue.
SHE SHOULD HAVE NEVER SIGNED IT TO BEGIN WITH. HE PROLLY SWEET TALKED HER, TOLD HER THEY COULD GET ALONG FOR THE KIDS. SHE PROLLY CHANGED HER MIND AFTER THE NEW GF CAME INTO THE PICTURE.
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oh well...her being the major bread winner of the fam doesn't change the system. so she gotta pay up just like a man has to. shiiiiiiiid...this happens to rich men a whole he11 of a lot more than it does women. so ladies don't feel sorry for her. besides that man been with her a lot longer then some of these gold diggin woman that leave a rich man high and dry.
Here we go. This sounds like Rene trying to get Janet Jackson's money claiming he helped write songs. But anyway thats the way it goes. Whoever made the most money has to give up half when the divorce. I heard Anita was a biyatch so it may be karma.
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Juanita Jordan never faced the Pistons in the Eastern finals, yet she got half of Michael's money.
Tough luck, but Anita and Walter were married for 23 years and that's what happens when a couple stays together for that long and divorce.
In this case, what's good for the gander is good for the goose.
The law is the law, they were together before she was a star and he is entitled to half.
I love when this happens, makes me feel like there is justice in the world.
Women get pregnant and are celebrated for getting their money, this dude put in 30 years, give him half.
This is the biggest load of bullsh!t Ive seen. she should pay. How many men don't even get an option. We build our businesses from ground up with no help, we both on mutual stands decides to split and the law makes me give her half. pay that Man his money.
Anita needs better representation than what she has because if he did something to mess up the marriage then he messed up the contract first. I remember Anita saying she stopped singing so that she can raise her sons so in other words she stopped her career for her family.
Alex, I will take jail for 500 please. I will not sign over nothing.
Its definitely cheaper to keep him. Sad to say if they had an agreement then she needs to adhere to it. If this were a woman going after the man then all you would here on this blog is "get that money honey".
absolutely LOVE anita bakwr one of my all time favorites but they were married 23 yrs and during her career and got 2 kids plus she signed the papers in first place men get back doored on divorce deals all the time not even counting the bogus sheet they signed in first place can"t really say he a golddigger cause she basically gave up her career for him
Her having done "All the singin'" don't necessarily mean that her former husband is not entitled to something on the songs she sang. If in fact he had co-written many of those hit songs with her, he may well be entitled to as much as half the royalties. Automatically siding with Ms. Baker on this without knowing all the history details is not correct. Gotta get the facts straight first.
Anyone, man or woman, who is willing to take half of someone else's hard-earned dough, is suffering from some kind of arrogance and delusion. If he gets his way, he'll always be known as 'that dude that took half of Anita Baker's money'. She should just move on, put it down to a gain.
Damn Anita!!! Why??? Should have never agreed to that in the first place! He helped write the song, he didn't sing them shytes! Sounds like she was ready to go half pre-girlfriend and now she is...dare I say it "bitter"! Smdh! Love Rapture and I apologize!
THAT NO GOOD FOOL NEEDS TO GET A JOB... THAT SH!T IS F'D UP... AND THATS ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT! AS FOR SOME OF THE FOOLS THAT HAVE COMMENTED BEFORE ME... I GOT A JOB, I DON'T NEED TO DEPEND ON ANYBODY'S MONEY BUT MY OWN AND THATS WHAT THAT IS!
If Anita had been married to him for 30 years and she wanted half of HIS earnings, this would be a non-issue. I don't think ANYONE deserves half of YOUR earnings, but if the system is set-up that way, then what's good for the goose....
well she has a court order to pay him a certain divorce settlement and she failed to do so. how is that a travesty. when its the other way around and the man has to give half its fine but when the female has to give half its a travesty? i smell double standard. she broke the law and the court is following procedure.
Damn that! Women have been raping brother's for years with the same bullshyt! I hope that nicca get all her shyt!!! Look at how entertainers and sports players get ripped in court and the women get over like a fat ass rat!
Get that money bruh!!!!
Love Anita Barker and all but women do this to men all the time so its no difference....Just like Jessica Simpson didn't want to sign a pre-nup it came back and bit her when they got a divorce and he got her money
how is he a groupie? they were together 30 years. marriage is a partnership it doesnt matter whose job actually brought in the most income because wealth between husband and wife should be shared. and im sure he wasnt just sitting on his azz for 30 yrs. maybe he didnt make the most money but he contributd to her sucess in some way basically emotional support or maybe he was holding down the household. maybe half is too much but he does deserve a decent amount of alimony.
Wow, she said in the article that "music keeps her going." LORD,we lost Anita for her family, it saddens me to think about what we could have had ... This is so sad to hear tat this is happening. It's only two albums, that she is talking about, but please sign it don't go to jail..... Ya'll stop being so mean to eachother MTO. Where is the love and comedy?
Yes! HAHAHAHA women been gettin away wit this bullshit for years!! Now its time to pay the piper and u ho's don't like it. U always readin about some greedy woman marrying a rich dude then running away wit all the cash. This case is not a travesty...its a sign of equality LOL
Sooooooooooo, after he has been with her for all of those years, she bore his two children that changed her body as children do, suffered a miscarriage publicly, they are both older and he want sher to give him the money to finance another woman???!!!! I bet that other woman can't wait to get her hands on Anita's hard earned money. Wouldn't it be ironic if she were to run off with a younger man if they did get the money. I pray for God to intervene on this one and give Anita favor!!
Why doesn't it seem fair now. Women do it to men all the time.....
Those laws really should be changed. Just because you sit on your ass the whole time doesn't give you the right to sit on your ass the rest of your life. Man or woman, you need to go to work after a divorce. Its part of the healing process.
WOW!I remember when Anita married this guy I asked myself WHY? he was a nobody homeless and unemployed with nothing to his name. Anita is very wealthy outside of the music industry as well mass realestate investments in developing office buildings and homes around Detroit she took Walter from a bum to a relevant buiness man. Karma is a b***h Walter you'll get yours 10 fold!
WELL THATS DEF A VALID REASON 2 DO SOME TIME..B/C I WOULDN'T GIVE HIM SH!T...HE HAVEN'T BUSTED 1 NOTE ON STAGE OR BROKE A SWEAT BUT THINK HE GETT'N HALF... I'LL GO DOWN FIGHTING...I WOULDN'T EVEN SO UP @ COURT 2DAY JUST GO STRAIGHT 2 THE JAIL 2 START MY SENTENCE..HE MUST BE CRAZY!
AND FURTHERMORE THAT CHIC NEED 2 START RUNNING FROM HIS PUZZY AZZ! B/C WHAT REAL MAN WANNA TAKE HALF OF HIS EX $ & THEY HAVE KIDS THAT IM SURE SHE HAS CUSTODY OF! GET OFF UR LAZY SORRY AZZ & BE A MAN & WORK! STOP TRYNA PIGGYBACK OFF UR EX FORTUNE! MAN-UP
Ewww its sad that Men dont know and hoor their role as men in this world. Its not a man's job to take a womans money. WE HAVE the children and we raise , nurse, and nurture them. Some men are salty and bitter that women get money but who cares about money? Its a man's job to provide and support and uplift his family in any way that he can. Fellas', dont go after your womans money; Its Bitchy. Get your own and if the relationship is over, let her keep what she has, support her, and have a respectable new life on your own. Dont leave her with the kids and take the $. Let her keep her own $.
Maybe I'm missing something. They were married for 0ver 20 years, doesn't that mean HE derserves half..? Oh right, that's the problem. It seems incredulous to some people that a man deserves half of the woman's hard earned money. Now if it was a man in Anita's position, I'm pretty sure alot of you would have no problem. You've been singing about taking half for centuries... it's glad to see it works the other way now. That's equality working in full effect my friends. :)
TruthfullySpeaking2u, please miss me with that BS. One moment you want to complain about inequality, the next you want to act like the poor helpless victims when you get the full harsh reality of it. Accept it for what it is. He's no more a bitch than a woman who demands half. Marriage is 50/50. Just because she happened to be the main bread winner doesn't mean he shouldn't be entitled.
I agree that women should be the foundation and back bone of a family and men should be the bread winners, but we're leaving in a post-feminist era. Females fought for this, you live with consequences.
To everyone that is taking mrs Baker's side need to check their selfish thoughts and learn the legal system before posting their comments.
Do all of you believe that Nas's ex-wife should get what was awarded to her?
Remember....its a two way street and not a one lane high way when it comes to a relationship of marriage!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the double standard is crazy in here some females are saying he not a man because he wants his half or he didnt write any of those songs. Well fifty baby mother never wrote get rich or die tryin, juanita jordan never won 6 championships, kelis never wrote any of nas albums but yet they deserve half of their money smh this just makes me laugh at these comments
Do ya feel its a travesty kimora gets all that bread from russell or michael jordan givin his wife 96 million cash or mel gibson or paul macartney nas even ya bitches are ignorant then you wonder why we go to white woman bitches
tiplite2004: Fuc.k that ! Paul mcartney paid his wife 25 mil.. She gotta pay! And if this was the other way around the headlines would have been " Girl get that Money"
paul paid her like a 160mil lump sum. i see some ladies saying she should fight and not pay. when it's a guy you want him to be depleted. you can't have it your way all the time ladies
I DON'T POST A LOT, BUT ALL YOU WOMEN WHO ARE MAD AT THIS SUCK, AND YOU ARE THE SAME ONES THAT WOULD BE RIGHT IN COURT IF YOU WERE WITH A SINGER, ACTOR, BALL PLAYER FOR EVEN 2 YEARS SAYING YOU DESERVE HALF. WHY IS IT DIFFERENT WHEN IT'S A WOMAN'S MONEY? YOU THINK ONLY GUYS HALF TO GIVE UP HALF? THAT'S A BUNCH OF BULLSH!T. YOU THE SAME ONES THAT GO OUT LOOKING FOR BALLERS TO GET PREGNANT BUY SO YOU CAN SIT ON YOUR FAT ASSES ALL DAY AND COLLECT A BIG CHECK FOR A KID YOU PROBABALY DON'T EVEN TAKE CARE OF.
A married partner is a partner in everything.Whether its a male or female. Janet had to pay, Monique had to pay, Sherri Shephard had to pay. That's life. That partner was there with U they deserve have whether they made does songs , movies or not..
She signed the papers...pay the piper! End of story. You don't have a say after a final order! If she didn't want to pay 50%, you should have held out until a fair agreement was made! You agreed to it obviously, so pay what you owe! Man or woman
let me find out she gave that fish eyed fool
I'mMa I'mma do something bad to her!!
all i can say, iz he would get half my foot in his Azz!!
and hell that shuld be worth somethin wit his Broke ass
there is no love strong enough or d*ck long enough to make me sign some ignorance like that. And the person who would ask me to sign that would have to g-o with a quickness cuz it obviously ain't about love! Spousal support my @$$ . . . when they were together, he got to enjoy half. Now he's gone, hell, party's over! You get to eat offa what ya new chick's bringing to the table! Spousal support is nothing but a get rick quick scheme for lazy triflin' folks with no plan. Wouldn't be necessary if everyone had their own hustle.
Ok, I understand the bread winner of the divorce usually has to pay alimony, and such...but why should she have to face jail time?? That's some bullshiit!! What ever happened to probation, or community service?? F*ck all the paperwork, what's fair, what's not fair, contracts, divorcees rights, etc. Fuuck it all!! Because like I said before, he would be a burnt, charred, piece of shiit after I light that azz up in his sleep, then they will a good reason to lock a motherf*cker up!!
Why is this a “TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE”…..men have to pay out the ass all the time and women will give a standing ovation to any chick that can take a man for a few bucks…..but as soon as the shoe is on the other foot they want to change the rules….if you want to be treated as an equal then you have to get your hands just as dirty….Paul McCartney got ass raped for 33.6 million from his ex wife and see didn’t write note one hook on any of the hits in the beatles catalog
The funny thing is that people always think that a prenuptial agreements is safe and sound….the fact of the matter is that a judge can break it if he/she see’s fit and theirs nothing that anyone can do about it…..if you think I’m full of shit look it up and see for yourself…..it’s nothing more then a guideline…..and it doesn’t have to be followed
this is why i shy away from black women (i'm not saying that i don't deal with them but i'm quickly getting over them lol)...if it was the other way around and he said "fuck that i'll go to jail rather then pay" then i would be reading no less then a thousand post from angry black women talking about how black men are no good dogs and are nothing but trash....but now i'm seeing you and other women saying that you would do the very thing that women complain about men doing...
I don't get this whole give me half thing. In my opinion everyone should leave with what they came with. I mean if it's a business that was jointly created/maintained then YES half is right. But if we're talking about one person who has the talent/doing the work whytf should someone get half just cause you were around? that's hella greedy and trifling
I can't believe MTO is this stupid. When a man earns the money it's OK for him to give up half of everything he has worked for (plus the house he's probably paying for) in a divorce, but when it's the other way around all of a sudden it's not fair. IT'S CALLED COMMUNITY PROPERTY IGNORANTS! And she signed the settlement agreement!
PLEASE STAY IN SCHOOL PEOPLE! It's not a prenup agreement it's a divorce settlement agreement. She signed the settlement but hasn't signed the necessary paperwork to relinquish the money thus the reason she is in contempt of court.
WOW Media Take Out!!!! How F*ckin stupid do you think you sound? Men have been giving up 50% of what they earned since forever. But now since it's a woman it is legally wrong? I urge you to email me your reasoning behind this. Please I really do!!!!
I SEE ALL YOU WOMEN TAKING UP FOR HER, BUT HELL TO THE NAW, WHEN RICH MEN BREAK UP WITH THEIR WIVES THEY HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING, SO I SAY PAY UP!!!! SHE NEEDS TO PAY THAT MAN
I JUST HOPE IT DONT AFFECT THE KIDS MENTALLY!!
I'm sorry Ms. Baker (and I love you dearly) but reneging on your deal is NOT what's up no matter who u r. It isn't your ex husbands fault that you agreed to splitting everything 50/50 with him. That's your dumb a*s lawyers fault...... once its signed ITS SIGNED.......
hotbunny..you have not a clue about a loving, sharing, caring, and commited relationship. and if your attitude stays this way..you will surely be one of those bitter old ladys whose house reeks of cat sh!t from the 1000 felines your harboring. good luck sista.
Unfortunately, she should sign the papers, it was deal they made originally and that is what you should stick to. The arrangment were made prior, and you should live up to those expectations. Damn tina did it for her self, gave up up most every thing, money isn't be all end all firl, just let that shyt go.
I hope homeboy take EVERY CENT THAT BIITCH GOT! iN FACT i HOPE he get a younger better looking woman pregnant with that money, it will be sweet poetic justice for Men around the world. that bitch was dumb enough to sign the papers so NO MERCY! and F_CK any loser on this site who got a problem with it.
Lawd, the level stupidity on this site amazes me sometimes.
Ask Micheal Jordan If his ex hit one basket on his way to 6 championships. How bout Paul Mcartney who was only married for a few years and had to dish out 50mil. The list goes on n on but yal'll wanna say ish aint fair now.....lol. amazing.
The trajedy lies in this article, why in the world would this be injust, if both parties agreed to the terms? Between the sexism and the discrimination of latins on this website, I can't understand why aren't more people angry? There has to be some kind of regulation because these writers are out of control.
this bum biitch HotBunny is a transparent loser.
Not even ONE man proposed to this wack azz broad. she's the typical unattractive loser that gets rejected so much that she makes up ways to seem like SHE is the one rejecting men! HA HA HA NI.GGA ROAD please I laugh at your miserable life.
You should just jump already loser.
Reading the replies I say its okay for her to try not living up to verbal agreement. I'm average person and paid child support, I was treated by the court system and judge like a man. It’s not such a big deal that there is over thousands of women paying. If she feels she wants to shut down agreement she has to be ready for the world to have say. I guess we will see more women in situation. I wish MTO was here 95 for me. My kids are grown now and I thank God sharing now how hard it was for me. You don't have your kids daily in your life you make sure to call and reach out even when they say pains
ok hotbunny..your reply just confirmed my original statement..i just got one detail wrong..so i'll amend my statement..you have not a clue about a loving, sharing, caring, and commited relationship. and if your attitude stays this way..you will surely be one of those bitter old ladys whose house reeks of giraffe sh!t from the 1000 giraffes your harboring. all them ends you worried about somebody gettin should come in handy..cuz you gonna need a big ole crib..them giraffes is some big mafukers. good luck sista.
Anita Baker's my girl! Point Blank end of story. I made a couple of baby's off her music back in the day. Still love her music now.
Problem with this picture, Kelis can get what 50-60 Thousand a month from my boy Nas for what? Fill in the BLANK _________! NOTHING OK she birthed a CHILD. Dude with her for 30 years. Good times and bad, they have 2 shorties together. Hmmmmmm lets see. All everyone hollering he need to get off his ass. NOT! shizzum crazy when a man gets his just due.
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Sorry, Walter Bridgforth is not a gold digger,and he wasn't homeless.Walter was gainly employ as a IBM executive located in Southfield Michigan.Anita Baker was a down and out singer in Detroit.Walter and Anita met each other at Northland Shopping Mall. Walter took $10,000 of HIS MONEY,cut a demo,use His Connection to shop around her demo.Walter Bridgforth is from Detroit,Walter has a long list of friends who he grew up with that are successful in the entertainment field,music,radio,NBA,NFL,Doctors,etc.Walter attend Southwestern High School,we call our school,the school of Champions!
I'm a 90's baby and I listen to Anita Baker, lover her music. I was listening to Sweet Love earlier today and now I see this bs, A deal is a deal, but if he already has $$$, why he all up on her clit like this? I hope she doesn't go to jail for this stupidity, cuz this is something that could've been avoided! Knowing MTO don't know what they be talking about half the daggone time anyway....like when they claim beyonce was having an affair with her bodyguard and it actually turned out to be her cousin!! SMH...NEXT PLEEEZE!!
Well, that might be wrong or whatever because that's HER hard earned money and all...BUT they did have an agreement at one point in time, and the law is the law. It's not always fair, but it is what it is.
Walter Brigforth is a down to earth,kind hearted individual. It was Walter money,energy,and smarts, that land her a recording contract! My wife had the experience of Anita Baker in a Kroger Supermarket on Mack Ave in Grosse Pointe,Mich. She had her face wrap with a scarf covering everything but her eyes,when people approach her(whites & blacks) she was nonchalant,her attitude was terrible. Buy my CD's, but don't bother me, leave me alone. That is her disposition!
Question: where are they boys and why should he get half??? He don't even deserves a third or anywhere close to that. This is a dumb move on her part though...should have thought about it first Anita. I guess yall trying to say Mto he gonna dress his new biatch up with Anita hard working earnings..... he don deserve non, to help with that damm 50/50..... maybe his friends and all them people he know can find him a decent job now and his gold digging biatch.
Brother, you hit the nail on the head. If this were the other way around, half of MTO would be screaming for the dude to give Anita the money he would owe here. They've been together for 23+ years? We've got men fighting this issue everyday in court and they were only with their spouses for 10 years! Dudes get half their shit taken ALL THE TIME. Sometimes more than half...true, he didn't sing a note, but he was there for "support". That word alone can get a dude's assets chopped in half.
Wake up, people...what's good for the goose...enough of the double-standards.
WOW! It amazes me how sexist women on this blog r. UR quik to say a woman married to a high earning man deserves 1/2 after a lengthy marriage or a marriage that ends due to alleged infidelity from the man. However, when the shoe is on the other foot, he is a "sorry azz" etc. It's the LAW ppl!! Just as Linda Hamilton deserved James Cameron's money bc of her emotional/career sacrifices to be married to him, so does Anita's ex. Yaw didn't have a problem when Halle ask for alimony & lrg settlement from the divorce petitioner, David Justice, but likely had a problem for Eric Benet doing same.
Exactly! No one here knows the terms of why they are divorcing. Maybe they fell out of love, who knows! And MTO mentioned "his girlfriend" in the title to rile people up, yet there is no mention of her in the article AT ALL. They decided to split...he didn't leave her, and she didn't leave him.
Sadly, these double standards are subscribed to by a lot of people. You know the "get that money gurl" crowd would be all over this if her husband were the one with all the money.
MTO, you're siding with the wrong person on this one....
BMWBBY - (honest question) How is he a scrub for expecting her to live up to the agreement?
In divorces, how many women have benefited from the court rulings that say "she has to be afforded the same lifestyle she'd become accustomed to"? I've known a few dudes personally that have gotten taken to the cleaners because of that crap, even though their women cheated on THEM though they did nothing of the sort. They still had to provide them with money to "maintain their lifestyle".
Court systems are biased against men in general.
yung_Buck42 Honestly, he is not just a scrub for expecting to live up to her agreement, he is also a scrub for having a girlfriend (and being broke) and going after something that doesn't belong to him that his ex worked hard for. 50/50 is extremely too much for a scrub. He should expect his new girlfriend to support his ass
@BMWBBY MTO is wrong, there is no girlfriend mention in the news paper. Scrubs? Walter and Anita are set for Life! They are loaded! They were excellent business partners. This fight is about residual and royalties payments.
WTF!!! ?#$itches do it all the time! Now the shoe is on the other foot and it just happens to be a man's foot. Hey Anita......you will be just fine! Put the ink on the paper before the judge puts papers on you! LMAO!
MTO and your double standards...if it was a woman, kinda sorta like what happened with Nas and Kelis, who took a man for half, you'd all be calling her a genius...a guy does the same and it's a travesty....come on MTO, y'all need to be equal opportunity haters and congratualtors.
I'm readin some of these comments about there being another woman? If that is the case, then he doesn't deserve a penny especially if there wasn't a prenup and if he didn't co write any of her songs.
Secondly, I also read somewhere on here about inequality, it was in reference to "Speakthetruth2u's" comment about how men aren't supposed to take from a woman monetarily. Being EQUAL means being treated fairly and with respect, that doesn't mean he gets to take me for half after he cheats on me. Third, REAL MEN and I repeat REAL MEN would NEVER take from a woman monetarily; Men are breadwinner
If she didn't have a pre-nup, she's screwed!!!
Twenty three years is a long time to be married and if the roles were reversed, wifey would be entitled and EXPECT half, so girls we have to be fair and honest with this equal opportunities shiit.
I have just 2 questions, why didn't she do her homework first on his adultery before agreeing to anything and I love me some Anita but she ain't had a hit in a minute, sooooooooo what royalties are we talking about????
Oh please all these cows in here need to shut their trap, men got to put up half of their earnings when they get a divorce too, this Oprah Winfrey mentality by women need to be thrown in the damn garbage. Women act like they are owed everything in in life and rules should automatically change when they at the wrong end.
No he doesn't deserve 50/50 because she works hard but, she agreed to it so it's a done deal. And with split custody, I doubt she's getting child support. If she doesn't watch out, this joint custody crap will result in him seeking full custody and getting child support money too. This guy is nothing but a slick cat that slipped her his number at one of her performances. This is what happens with you get with a nobody. No he gets what she worked hard for and he has nothing to split with her. How sad.