Singer M.I.A. stirred up some controversy this weekend when she flipped the bird in the midst of Madonna’s star-studded Super Bowl halftime show. As it turns out the ‘Paper Planes’ star has drama going on in her personal life as well.
According to new reports, M.I.A. (born Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) has split from her fiancé Benjamin Bronfman and now “sometimes goes six weeks without seeing” their son Ikhyd, who turns 3 this week. A source close to the 36-year-old singer reveals that she has relocated to London while her son continues to live in New York with his dad. Benjamin’s mom, philanthropist Sherry Bronfman, is helping to care for Ikhyd.
After the birth of their son in 2009 the couple purchased a home in Brentwood, California. At the time M.I.A. explained their decision to move to the West coast, saying, “I wanted an environment where I could have a lot of friends and family come and stay. That was the important part for me. And in New York I wouldn’t have been able to afford someplace where I could have, like, all my friends come and crash out and where I could still have a baby.”
We last spotted M.I.A. and Benjamin, an environmentalist and musician, together with Ikhyd in New York in July 2010.