Hell hath no fury like a baby daddy scorned. Days after tabloid reports alleged that M.I.A. was no longer dating her longtime beau and father of their child, Benjamin Bronfman, the heir to the Seagram’s fortune took to Twitter to lash out at the allegations that the singer/rapper has been an absentee mother.
Less than 24 hours after M.I.A. made global headlines for flying the middle finger and cursing during her bit in Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, a tabloid report surfaced that she was no longer living with Bronfman and that she sometimes goes “six weeks” without seeing their 3-year-old son, Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday and Thursday, Bronfman (referring to the rapper by her given name, Maya) threw cold water on those allegations. “All this stuff about Maya being a bad mom is completely out of bounds,” he wrote. “She’s a really great mom.” He also lashed out at the media for being in such a “state [of] unfounded gossipy nonsense when there are real problems in the world … media needs to rethink it’s code of ethics. To consistently tear down a working mother is just beyond me.”
Bronfman then took a minute to praise M.I.A.’s new song and video for the tune “Bad Girls” and to give her props for what he deemed a “great” performance at the Super Bowl. “MIA as a mom, great,” he added. Then, in a message to his boo, he wrote, “Can’t say it enough — Don’t let them flip the script — you’re a great mom and Ikhyd loves you.”
NBC and the NFL apologized to viewers for what they called the “inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,” though M.I.A. has not made any public comment on the incident.