These Divorced Celebrities Pay More for Child Support Than You’d Ever Imagine

Child support typically varies depending on how much money the one paying actually makes. But for celebrities, those numbers can mean shelling out thousands of dollars per month to support their children.

Below is a ranking of some of the highest amounts paid in child support (based on monthly payments for one child). Just wait till you see what celebrity made No. 1.

15. Nas

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Nas | Todd Williamson/Getty Images for BOND/360

  • Cost: $8,000 for one child

Rapper Nas reportedly pays $8,000 to his ex, “Milkshake” singer Kelis, for their son, Knight. However, in February 2018, Kelis reportedly took Nas to court, claiming that his payment was not enough for their child’s needs. Kelis wanted Nas to pay 50% of school-related costs, plus 50% of un-reimbursed health care. The case was still ongoing as of March 2018. At one point, it was believed that Nas was paying as much as $40,000 for the child, but it had been reduced throughout the years.

Next: This former football player pays a hefty sum. 

14. Michael Strahan

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Live with Kelly and Michael

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Live with Kelly and Michael | ABC

  • Cost: $9,000 per child; $18,000 total

When Michael Strahan divorced his former wife, Jean Strahan, things with child support quickly got messy. Strahan was ordered to pay $18,000 for his two twin daughters after the couple divorced in 2005. But he tried to claim it was unnecessary, since he’d already paid her $15.3 million in addition to the child support. The settlement turned into a long battle in court.

Next: This rapper pays a five-figure sum in child support. 

13. Ludacris

Co-stars Tyrese Gibson (L), Michelle Rodriguez (C) and Ludacris (L) listen as actor Vin Diesel (not in photo) speaks about his friend Paul Walker, at Diesel's hand and footprint ceremony in Hollywood, California, April 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Co-stars Tyrese Gibson (L), Michelle Rodriguez (C) and Ludacris (L)| ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

  • Cost: $10,000 for one child

Rapper Ludacris recently won custody of one daughter from her mother, Tamika Fuller. Fuller was originally in court asking for $15,000 per month from the rapper, but the judge realized she was in no position to take care of the child and awarded Ludacris full custody. However, the rapper still pays $10,000 per month to the mother of his other daughter, Karma, whom he had with an Atlanta attorney.

Next: This pop star was back in court in 2018 over her child support payments. 

12. Britney Spears

Britney Spears and her sons at the beach

Britney Spears and her sons at the beach. | Britney Spears via Instagram

  • Cost: $10,000 per child; $20,000 total

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline co-parent their two sons, Jayden and Sean. Spears has been paying Federline $20,000 per month in child support since 2008. But in early 2018, Federline claimed that the kids require more money and took Spears to court over it. As of March 2018, the decision was still pending, but the two were reportedly on their way to a negotiation. Just months earlier, Federline had said that the two co-parent very well and there were no issues.

Next: This singer pays a combined $25,000 for his kids. 

11. Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder performs at Hand in Hand benefit

Stevie Wonder performs during the Hand in Hand benefit for hurricane relief on September 12, 2017. | Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

  • Cost: $12,500 per child; $25,000 total

In 2009, Stevie Wonder separated from his wife, Kai Millard Morris. He filed for divorce in 2012 and it was finalized in 2015. The exes have two sons together, and each parent got shared custody. Wonder was ordered to pay $25,000 per month in combined child support for the kids.

Next: This retired football player has to pay four different women for his kids. 

7. Terrell Owens

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  • Cost: Varies per child; $44,000 total

Former NFL player Terrell Owens reportedly pays various amounts of child support to four different women. According to TMZ, Owens makes monthly payments of $15,000, $13,400, $11,200, and $5,000 for his various children. Owens used to have to pay more, but his bank records indicated that he could no longer afford the payments, so they were lowered accordingly.

Next: This actress pays a crazy amount to her ex for one child. 

10. Halle Berry


Halle Berry

Halle Berry | Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images

  • Cost; $20,000 for one child

In 2014, the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that Halle Berry had to pay $16,000 per month to her ex, Gabriel Aubrey, for their daughter, Nahla. Berry has to continue paying the sum until their daughter either graduates high school or turns 19 (whichever occurs first). The actress and her model ex met in 2005 and split up in 2010.

Next: This entrepreneur’s kids get a car as part of their child support. 

9. Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons | Aaron Davidson/Getty Images

  • Cost: $20,000 per child; $40,000 total

Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons split in 2006, but their divorce was not finalized until 2009. The couple settled on a $20,000 payout per child for a total of $40,000 per month. Plus, Simmons is required to purchase them a car that’s worth no less than $60,000. The girls are entitled to a new car every three years.

Next: This rapper’s kids are living well with his payments. 

8. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Sean Combs holding a bottle of Ciroc at a pool party

Sean “Diddy” Combs | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

  • Cost: $20,000 per child; $40,000 total

Sean Combs has two children with two different women, and each of them get $20,000 per month from the rapper. His ex, Kim Porter, reportedly gets the $20,000 on top of a $150,000 lump sum for their child, Christian. Plus, Combs must pay for their child’s college and insurance costs. He reportedly used to pay only $5,000 to his other child’s mother. But that number was increased when she found out he was paying Porter $20,000.

Next: This rapper was counting down the days until his child support was done. 

6. 50 Cent

  • Cost: $25,000 for one child

Rapper 50 Cent has made it clear that he was not happy about paying his son’s child support. In fact, he even created a countdown to his son’s 20th birthday and posted memes on social media about how excited he was to longer have to pay for his child. 50 Cent reportedly had to pay $25,000 per month for his son, Marquise Jackson, until Jackson’s 20th birthday.

Next: This father of eight is no stranger to child support. 

5. Mick Jagger

Left: Melanie Hamrick |. Right: Mick Jagger | Angela Weiss

  • Cost: $25,000 and $15,000; $40,000 total

The amount Mick Jagger has paid in child support over the years is not entirely known, but it’s clear he’s paid quite a bit. The father of eight has paid thousands of dollars to various women through the years. Most recently, the singer agreed to pay $15,000 per month to ballerina Melanie Hamrick for the birth of his eighth child. Jagger also has to pay $25,000 per month for his son, Lucas, who was born in 1999 to a different mother.

Next: In 2013, this actor claimed he could no longer afford his payments. 

4. Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser is pointing a gun in The Mummy.

Brendan Fraser | Universal Studios

  • Cost: $25,000 per child; $75,000 total

When actor Brendan Fraser split from his wife, he was forced to pay a whopping $25,000 monthly child support sum for each child. Fraser has three sons. He took his ex to court in 2013 because he claimed he could not afford the $900,000 annual payment anymore. But the sum was not lessened.

Next: This actor went off the deep end and was involved in a slew of lawsuits. 

3. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen at the Scary Movie V premiere

Charlie Sheen at the Scary Movie V premiere. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

  • Cost: $27,500 per child; $110,000 total

Actor Charlie Sheen reportedly had to pay $55,000 to each of his former wives to care for each of their two children. However, Page Six reported in 2016 that after Sheen sold his rights to Two and Half Men, his income dropped drastically. He was able to cut his child support payments in half and supposedly only pays about $25,000 to each wife today.

Next: This actor reportedly went two years without seeing his child. 

2. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise at the premiere of Rock of Ages in 2012

Tom Cruise | Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

  • Cost: $33,000 for one child

When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced, he was ordered to pay $33,000 per month in child support for their daughter, Suri Cruise. However, in 2015, rumors swirled that Katie Holmes was going to try to increase Cruise’s payments. Sourced claimed that Cruise hadn’t seen his daughter in person in more than two years. As far as we know, Cruise is still paying the same amount.

Next: This actor demanded a paternity test before seeing his child. 

1. Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell

Eddie Murphy in 2000. | Chris Weeks/Liaison

  • Cost: $50,000 for one child

Eddie Murphy pays a staggering $50,000 per month to former Spice Girl Mel B, who is the mother of Murphy’s daughter, Angel. At first, Murphy denied the child was his and refused to see her until a paternity test was done. It was later confirmed that Murphy was the father. He has five other children.

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