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Your Cliff Notes Guide To DJ Pauly D And The Custody Battle For His Love Child

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Pauly D performing in Palm Beach August 2013I put off learning about this Pauly D baby daddy scandal as long as I could, because I was hoping that if I ignored it for long enough, it would go away. But unsurprisingly for someone who got famous off a show like Jersey Shore, that hasn't happened yet. Aka it's finally time for me to give you your cliff notes guide to the whole situation.

THE MOTHER

Her name is Amanda Markert, and she is a twenty-five year old mother of two born in Jersey but living in Las Vegas. Which is where she met Pauly on their drunken night in 2012, and the rest is history. She's a mother of two now that little Amabella is in the world, and both of the children have different fathers. I have no beef with that at all, but it is worth pointing out that the second birth at least was unplanned. I have no idea about the first.

THE BABY

Like I said, her name is Amabella, she was born in May 2013 and she's a few months old, currently living with her mom. She's adorable, naturally, as all babies are, but the way that Pauly was informed of her existence is up for debate a little bit.

THE CONTROVERSY

According to some sources, Pauly had no idea that Amanda had even been pregnant until she hit him with a paternity suit, asking for child support. But others are saying that he did know, and that he and Amanda had agreed she would terminate the pregnancy, since it was unplanned and the two of them didn't have a relationship. Amanda herself even says that she has text message proof that he asked her to get an abortion, which she's attempting to use against him in the custody battle.

But just to complicate matters, other sources are saying that she actually agreed to get an abortion, and even accepted money for one, and then elected to have the baby instead, without consulting Pauly or returning the cash.

THE CUSTODY BATTLE

Who knows what the deal is with that, but now that Pauly knows about his daughter, he's suing for full custody of Amabella. He feels that Amanda is an unfit mother, and cites specifically the fact that she used to work at Hooters and that she already has a child by another father.

For her part, Amanda is insisting that Pauly is trying to exploit the baby for money, even though she herself posed Amabella in a high chair with hundred dollar bills arrayed out on it in front of her. Without knowing much about the story, it seems like maybe this girl Amanda was suing for paternity just to get child support and hoping to still be able to raise the baby on her own, with Pauly's money.

It's a sketchy situation all around, and we'll have to see how it plays out in the courts, but there's one thing I do have to say. No matter how this baby came about, Pauly is doing the right thing by stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility, and I'm impressed by that.

When he found out he was Amabella's dad, he acknowledged it right away, saying, “I'm proud I'm a father.  I am excited to embark on this new part of my life.” Say what you will about the kid, but he's obviously ready to be in his daughter's life and willing to work to make that happen.

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