Buckle up, Perezcious readers… this one’s a doozy.
As we told you last month, Niall Horan was seen spending his weekend canoodling with former ANTM contestant Jessica Serfaty in between both Las Vegas and El Lay. Previously, the 25-year-old was also connected to Justin Bieber and Joe Jonas the before that!
And if you follow Jessica on social media, it seems as though she spends most of her time these days with Matt Cutshall and Fernando Contreras of Vine fame.
Still with us?
In a new interview with DailyMail, the model’s ex-husband Ididia Serfaty has come out of the wood works to claim that Jessica “abandoned” their seven-year-old son Roman in order to pursue her Hollywood dreams.
Ididia claims that Jessica only makes time to see her son during the summer and some Christmases.
A little background: Jessica and Ididia met at church in Arkansas when she was 16 and he was 22 years old. According to him, Jessica got pregnant during the first time they had sex when she was 17. Everything reportedly changed when she was cast on America’s Next Top Model, placing fourth in the competition. She eventually decided to head out to El Lay to pursue her career in the industry. The whole family uprooted to Hollywood, but it wasn’t long before everything went downhill, and Ididia returned to Arkansas with little Roman.
Ididia claims to being a single dad for the past four-and-a-half years back in their hometown:
“She doesn’t see Roman as regularly as you’d like to hear. We’re in Arkansas and she’s in LA. In fact it’s in our divorce decree that she can fly him out to California once a month as long as he’s not missing school. But what she takes is just six weeks in the summer. So she sees Roman six weeks out of every year and some Christmases. Last Christmas she didn’t see him. But she’s young. She’s probably not thinking about us. It’s hard not to think of yourself when you are trying to build a Hollywood career.”
He adds that he doesn’t get jealous of her high-profile life, he just wants her to be a good mother:
“I am just detached from it now. When I see she dated Joe Jonas or Niall I’m just indifferent. I don’t feel good or bad it’s pure indifference. It doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is what she does when she has Roman for those six weeks and that she’s a good mother to him then.”
But, he says that his ex says she’s too busy to see their child:
“Roman wants to see his mom he loves seeing her. In fact he wanted to go to LA to see her for Spring Break. When he got the news that he couldn’t go we were at the grocery store and he was on FaceTime with her and he just said: ‘What’s my answer? Yes or no? Yes or no?’ because she had to get off the phone. When he finally got his answer he was down. When she said no I wasn’t really surprised. She said she was busy for work but it’s hurtful to see your son upset.”
Ultimately, Ididia says he doesn’t want to bash — just wants her to take responsibility for being a part of Roman’s life:
“I want to be honest but I don’t want to bash her. I went through a phase myself where I bashed her and I said those things that other people say about how she has chosen the Hollywood lifestyle over her son but the last thing I want to do now is go backwards in my life and start criticizing my ex-wife for her choices. I would rather empower Jessica to be the mom that I know she is than deteriorate the mom she is by criticism. When she’s older she’s going to regret it. You know she’s partying with these guys from boy bands and whatever but that will only last five minutes. The bottom line is these are his formative years and she’s never going to get them back. My hopes for Jessica are number one that she becomes a woman of God and number two that she becomes the mom she truly is. And of course I want her to reach her dreams whatever those are. I think that those dreams might shift as soon as the first two start to be fulfilled though.”
When reached for comment by DailyMail, Jessica said that despite what her former husband says, she remains involved in their kid’s life — and has even asked Ididia to move back to El Lay so they can share custody:
“There’s nothing more that I want to see his father to be a successful and for us to be two strong individuals raising a child together. I know he’s frustrated and I know it’s hard for him but we are both trying our best and that’s what it comes down to. I don’t want people to think that I’m not involved in Roman’s life when I am – very much so – I send him kid books and I buy the same ones so we can read them together on FaceTime. Even though I don’t see Roman every day we chat, we Face Time and talk on the phone every other day.”
Presumably responding to the entire interview, the social media starlet just tweeted:
So sad how people lie to get attention
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Jessica Serfaty (@JessicaSerfaty) April 7, 2016
Wow. This is complicated!
While it’s not confirmed if Jessica is actually dating the One Directioner, it’s certainly hard to imagine a kid being wrapped up in all of this.
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