Nicole Curtis of ‘Rehab Addict’: Everything You Need to Know About Her Heartbreaking Custody Battle
Nicole Curtis made a name for herself as the star of HGTV’s Rehab Addict. Today, she is at the center of a custody battle with an ex over their two-year-old son, Harper. Curtis has kept her problems fairly private until recently. Now, she’s opened up about what it’s like to take care of a baby in and out of court.
The pregnancy was never planned
Curtis was not planning on having a second child. She had just split from her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Shane Maguire, right before she found out she was expecting. Curtis was already a single mom to her teenage son, Ethan, and told People she was worried about being nearly 40 and having another baby.
Nicole hid her pregnancy from the public
Curtis didn’t want to be judged, and she didn’t want her baby’s face to be open to criticism, either. “Having my newborn child’s face plastered all over social media on a Facebook post where someone could cut and paste it and make it a meme, that wasn’t for me,” she said in a 2016 interview. Plus, Curtis was raising her second child now as a single mom, and she thought the public might have a lot to say about it.
The father didn’t know it was his
Maguire didn’t find out Curtis’ son was his until a few months after he was born. Curtis hid her pregnancy from the public, but it appears she also hid it from the father. Since the two had split so recently, Harper did not tell him at first. When the baby was six months old, Maguire took a paternity test, and Curtis was hit by her first lawsuit from Maguire over parental rights, People reported.
The media has given her a bad name
Curtis didn’t want to go through a custody battle because she has “been through this before” and said she knows that day after day in court will have an effect on her child. “People always assume that I want to be difficult, or I’m against father’s rights, and that’s the furthest thing from the truth,” Nicole said in a taped interview with People. A friend of Curtis’ said that she is striving for a healthy, co-parenting relationship as the end result.
Breastfeeding has become a point of contention
Harper is exclusively breastfed, and if the court granted visitation rights for Harper’s father, Curtis would not be able to breastfeed him while he was with his dad. Curtis told the court that she didn’t want her son to have to wean early because of his situation. He’d never had a bottle, but it would be the only option on days he was with his father. The breastfeeding issue became the center of a two-year custody battle for the little boy.
Curtis practices ‘attachment parenting’ with her son
Attachment parenting is the idea of developing an emotional closeness to the baby, and a physical closeness as well. Holding the baby versus putting him in a stroller, and breastfeeding versus bottle feeding are both examples of attachment parenting. Curtis claimed her parenting style would be compromised if Harper’s father was granted parental rights. He would get the baby every other weekend, from Thursday evening to Monday afternoon, and Curtis was worried about Harper’s nurturing and development.
Her ex recently filed a motion for more visitation rights
Harper was still being breastfed by his mother at two and a half years old. Curtis says that he will wean on his own time. Maguire thinks it’s her way of preventing expanding visitation rights for him. Maguire recently moved from Minnesota to Michigan in order to be closer to his son, and now, he wants his visitation rights stepped up. The case was still ongoing as of late 2017.
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