Steve Nash left Alejandra Amarilla a day after their son was born. After their divorce they had a most bizarre custody battle to boot.
Divorce finalized 2011
They were married in 2005 and divorced in 2011. In six years they managed to have three children, twin girls and a son. When Steve Nash announced his split from then-wife Alejandra, their son was not even one day old. He had literally been born the previous day. Chances are that Steve wasn’t there for the birth, but we don’t know that much detail.
The timing of the split is the first bizarre incident in this whole drama. Why would he abandon the mother of his wished-for son right after birth? At least Alejandra claimed that they had been trying for another baby and hoping for a son.
At the time, in November 2010, Steve merely said that they were dissolving their marriage and that he would say nothing further on the matter. And as far as we can tell, he never did say anything else on the matter. But that doesn’t mean we don’t know anything else.
When Steve left his wife the day after their son was born, there were rumours that the child wasn’t his. Alejandra was accused of having cheated on Steve with Jason Richardson, a former teammate of Steve. Apparently the whole affair was also the reason that Richardson was traded off to the Orlando Magic just a month later.
Well, now we know with certainty that baby Matteo is most definitely Steve’s child, because the family resemblance cannot be denied.
So, even if Alejandra cheated on Steve, the boy was his and not the reason for the split per se. The timing still looks weird, though.
Be that as it may, it appears that Steve himself has been dating another woman since his then-wife was three months pregnant. His now live-in girlfriend Brittany Richardson (no relations to Jason) has apparently been with Steve for five years now. She’s 24 years old.
If the timing is correct, then he seems to have arrived at a point in his relationship to both ex-wife and girlfriend, where a decision was due. It was not what anyone would call an honourable decision, but it happened some time ago and it’s all water under the bridge, isn’t it?
Well, if he was the cheater, and it certainly looks that way, then it’s hardly a surprise that Alejandra wanted to make him pay for it. In the divorce he apparently paid her $5 Million, but he was not ordered to pay child support as such, only paying for some of the children’s expenses.
The couple received joint custody. However, he lived in L.A. and the children lived with their mother in Arizona. The custody battle turned bizarre when Alejandra wanted to move to L.A. with the kids, not just because they would then be closer to their father, but also because it would enable her to sue him for proper child support.
Whilst the court denied her the move, because her reasons were not valid, they did agree that Steve had to pay child support.
At this point in time the story gives us another twist, because Steve, who was adamantly against the move, not believing L.A. to be a suitable place to raise children, suddenly agreed that Alejandra and the kids could move to L.A. after all. At least that’s what TMZ reported. At the same time, however, other outlets report that the matter still hasn’t been settled.
One way or another it is a fact that the children have been spending time in L.A., where they have been photographed with their father.
But of course the story wasn’t over. Alejandra objected to Brittany being left in charge of the kids when they were at their father’s home, because she was not a member of the family. Clearly Alejandra is not fond of her ex-husband’s girlfriend or her potential influence on the children.
A judge denied that Brittany had a lesser standing than a nanny, who was also allowed to be in charge of the children without another family member in attendance. Thus Brittany could be in charge without anybody else there.
As of now we only know that Steve Nash finally retired after his 18-year career as a basketball player, that he does share custody with his ex and that his girlfriend still lives with him. His three years with the Lakers were the three worst of his career due to constant injury. Surely his constant battles with his ex would have taken their toll as well.
One can only hope that they have figured it out somehow – for the sake of the children.