Celebrity or not, children and parents don’t always see eye to eye and that’s especially heightened during the age of social media. Where before, parents may have been able to control the narrative a bit more about their children, the ability to blast them on an Instagram Story has wiped that privilege away. 50 Cent, master of the Internet, has been a victim of exactly that.
It’s been covered extensively how 50 Cent isn’t a fan of his first-born son, Marquise. The two have gone tit-for-tat over social media for years, 50 Cent’s been outspoken about Marquise’s mother and more. Previously, 50 Cent told his Instagram Live viewers that he preferred rapper 6ix9ine, who is known to have “snitched” on a number of his associates to escape charges, over his own son Marquise. Marquise responded, calling his father “stupid” on his own social media channels.
In the opposite of Marquise, 50 Cent has a younger son that he’s lavished attention upon, much to the internet’s notice.
Model Daphne Joy shares a child with rapper/mogul 50 Cent as well, in addition to Marquise’s mother Shaniqua Tompkins. Joy is an entrepreneur and swimsuit model, having launched her own swimwear line Daphne Joy for Abyss by Abby Collection – which 50 Cent has himself helped her promote on Twitter, after he’d gone through great lengths to deny the child that they have, Sire, born in 2013.
Joy and 50 Cent initially had a tumultuous relationship, with them breaking up after she accused the rapper of abusing her, but the charges were dropped. The two have been seen in public and on social media coming together to co-parent their son, which 50 Cent proudly proclaims as his.
On Sire Jackson’s 7th birthday, mother Joy posted more than a few shots of the “family” coming together for Sire’s birthday – and the Internet had something to say about 50 Cent’s seeming-erasure of Marquise.
With the release of his book Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter, the topic has continued to come up, reigniting interest in his relationship with his estranged son, now 23.
In an interview with XXL’s Van Lathan, 50 Cent discussed how his success has fractured his relationship with his son’s mother – and his son directly.
“It’s no such thing as success without jealousy, without envy or entitlement… His mom developed an entitlement that cannot be met, filtering that energy through his actual personal interests,” he told Lathan about how even his child was prone to these vices.
“I used to blame his mom but it’s him. I’ve gone places where he was at and he left,” realizing that he’s now paid over $1.36 million in child support for a child that may not even reciprocate the love in return.
50 Cent was asked by the host if he loved his son – to which he replied that he “used to.” “A complicated question would say how long can you love someone who doesn’t love you back?”
50 continued, “I didn’t think that success would cost me my firstborn but it’s the situation it is.”