E!: Jeremy Renner’s ‘main priority is the baby & he will fight for full custody’

What’s the best way to combat some really bad gossip surrounding your personal life? Baby photos! Following Sonni Pacheco’s seemingly sudden divorce filing – in which she claimed “fraud” and said that Jeremy Renner had taken her passport and Social Security card – Jeremy posted this photo ^^ on his WhoSay page. He wrote: “It’s very early to call, but going on the record to predict the highlight of my year 2015!!! Just sayin… #restiscake.” God, Jennifer Aniston will stop at nothing to promote her #cake. #Restiscake, #eatthecake, #OscarCake!

So, what can we tell about Jeremy Renner from this one post? I think it says that he’s actually kind of worried about what’s going to happen next. I don’t think he really cares about paying Sonni Pacheco off if it’s just a matter of money. But Jeremy is going to fight to have joint custody of his daughter. I believe that. I think he loves being a dad.

Meanwhile, a source spoke to E! News about Sonni’s divorce filing:

“This has been on the cards for a while. They are just not compatible. This is going to get ugly. His main priority is the baby and he will fight for full custody if it comes to that. All he cares about is being a dad. He is an amazing father. He is worried she is going to go back to Canada and take the baby. Jeremy wanted out of the marriage almost as soon as he got into it. He wanted to make sure Ava had a solid family unit and tried to make it work. It’s really sad because Jeremy loves Ava so much and hates that she will live her life with her parents split up.”

[From E! News]

Pro-Renner propaganda? Sure. But I also sort of believe it, as I said. Jeremy’s priority is the baby. That being said, it’s pretty rude to say that Jeremy was miserable in the marriage almost as soon as the ring went on his finger. I mean, Sonni didn’t force him to marry her, did she? No. Of course, maybe he married her in the first place as a way to keep Ava close. And the way the legal system works, he was right to do that – he has a much stronger legal hand to play with custody because he and Sonni were married, as opposed to if they were just living together.


Photos courtesy of Renner’s WhoSay page, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. MrsBPitt says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I find Renner to be sleazy…..

    • Hillshmill says:

      I agree. He gives me a Sean Penn vibe. Very controlling and dramatic in private.

      • KatieG says:

        When you read interviews with people he works with they seem to say the opposite, he is very laid back and friendly in real life, fun but very focused when he is working and extremely uptight and defensive when it comes to the media.

      • Lilliputian says:

        Would you expect them to say otherwise? Hollywood keeps its skeleton in the closet unless you are 1) female or 2) no longer bankable.

      • KatieG says:

        The interviews go back way before he was bankable, nobody cares about a character actor with small parts in movies who failed to capitalize on a few bigger roles early in his career. The fact that he was mentioned at all surprises me, but he was always spoken about with great affection.

      • Brandii says:

        Lol. Dude just posted a pic of his kid as part of a PR campaign prepping for a custody battle. Whats not to like? Its so cynical. He knows that the Us Weekly/People types go gaga for a man who is involved in his kids life so thats what he is going to be playing on. Get ready for the flood of “good daddy” pics. Shame she is so young, so he cant get papped dropping her off/picking her up at school

    • mia girl says:

      Me too. I just think he’s there is a lot mess behind his facade.

      Or maybe it’s because I still associate him with the first role I saw him in: Jeffrey Dahmer. So creepy.

    • Ladybird83 says:

      Is it because he looks like a bulldog with eyeliner?

    • Rachel says:

      He’s gay, she didn’t know, and now she’s out for revenge – SAD FOR EVERYONE!

      • fritanga says:

        Oh, please. “She didn’t know?” Their “relationship” and “marriage” were a transparent business relationship. Unfortunately, because the person he picked is totally unsavory, the whole thing is going south. Foolishly, Renner and his handlers allowed Pacheco to have several bargaining chips (the kid, probably some incriminating photos or videos) and she’s going to exploit them for all their worth.

    • silken_floss says:

      I agree with you all. Something about him just seem off to me as well.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Yes. So Yes!! You don’t have a baby with and marry someone so young and niaive and all just to stay closeted? That is so sinister. And now, of course, he wants the baby. Of course he does. I would love to go head to head with the creeps that do this. I hope she gets a fantastic attorney whose been flying under the radar that totally sends Renner for a loop. Renner thinks he has all the power because he’s rich and famous, but every once in a while, a really good attorney and a fair judge will put him in his place and expose people like him for the rats they really are.

      • KatieG says:

        Naive? Forget silly rumors, there is film of her partying at the Playboy mansion and photographs of her working a bachelor party. She is also 26 years old, young compared with Renner, but not a child and it is insulting to think she didn’t know what she was doing.

      • Aurora says:

        And what kind of girls do you think are preyed on by these skin peddlers? Smart girls end up in college not in dodgy softcore videos. These guys exploit gullibility and stupidity.

  2. Kiddo says:

    Ah, Rembrandt’s classic, “Man in a saloon with baby”.

    • Jaderu says:

      LOL Kiddo

    • mia girl says:

      Damn @kiddo… that is funny!

      What is with celebs combining their babies with alcohol lately? First it’s Zoe and her fine Champagne and half-empty bottle of Rose and now Renner and the hard stuff.

      Is this a new trend? Should I be posing with my kids with one of those Comet cocktails in my hand?

      • Esmom says:

        Haha, I know, I was scrutinizing Zoe’s photo the other day, scratching my head at the most bizarre still life I’d seen in a while. It does appear that a theme is emerging, babies and booze.

        Wonder what Blake and Ryan have cooking up? I’m sure it will be expertly curated and exquisitely shot and filtered to highlight the luminous glow of new parenthood, whatever it is.

    • ichsi says:

      Bahahaha! It really is weird. I’m still convinced that he’s deeply in the closet and this was his way of getting a baby.

      • KatieG says:

        Then with all his years in Hollywood, his wealth and many powerful friends to help him with that, he really couldn’t have made a worse job of it. It has been a long time since anyone pushing a gay agenda with Renner has used the term Occam’s Razor.

  3. Dawn says:

    Well that will be a fight! I know lots of people think he is gay and he may very well be but I keep thinking he would be up front with that information. I’ve known friends who have hung out forever and neither are married but they are not gay. Who knows. But again it will be pretty hard for him to get full custody.

    • fritanga says:

      Please. He will never be “up front” with that information – it would mean the death of his career as a leading man. Hollywood is still notorious for keeping gay men in the closet, because the Amercian moviegoing public might as well be living in Uganda as far as their acceptance of gay lead actors is concerned. He’d never topline a big movie again, nor make the huge bucks associated with lead roles.

      This is all down to protecting dollars, of course.

      • Jessica says:

        Would it really? He’s still not a ‘big name’ despite being in some big movies, and nothing suggests he’s trying to change that, he’s pretty low-key. Before the blind items about being closeted, the baby and the marriage, absolutely no one cared about his private life except a handful of hardcore fans. He barely ever got papped, before this drama the tabloids didn’t even seem to know he existed. If he’s gay, he could have just carried as he was and if anyone noticed, it’s not like it’s going to cause some huge media frenzy, so most theatre-goers would never know anyway.

      • Lisa says:

        I know I will get jumped on for this, but it is this, more than anything that convinces me he is not running some massive campaign to hide his sexuality. Sarah, who writes for Lainey, wrote about him years ago, after the Hurt Locker. She said she had seen him around the LA party scene for years and she describes him as crazy, messy and reckless. So for many years he was all those things, well known in Hollywood, with a career that had settled into that of a character actor with no media presence and yet he was, apparently, so careful and so concerned about his private life that there is not a single convincing piece of evidence that he is gay. So now The National Enquirer are desperate to prove he is gay, if only so they can tag Tom Cruise’s name onto the story, but if you read their stories on him they are pathetically weak. If he and his business partner are a couple, it is a very strong, very discrete long term relationship. In 5 years time, once Renner’s action hero phase had passed, they could have quietly arranged a surrogacy. Or if they couldn’t wait, Renner has a mass of family living around him who could have helped top disguise the parentage of one of the many children. Where his personal life is concerned reckless and messy is a description that fits, especially if you recognize that he is also surrounded by a lot of very clever people who are very fond of him; his agent is one of the top men in Hollywood, but Renner is his longest standing client and one of his best friends.

  4. Amy says:

    There’s something really disturbing to me about couples that break up and one person seeks primary custody. Not because of works or conflicts, but because they want to erase and limit the presence of the other parent out of the child’s life. Barring addiction or abuse it skeeves me out.

    Unpopular opinion but maybe in 2015 people will wait a few more days/months to have sex instead of throwing money at a problem and pretending nothing happened.

    YOU picked a girl young enough to be your daughter with no real job, YOU did the deed and married her, now suddenly you’re surprised she’s not the mother you’d like for your child? Idiot.

    • jen says:

      Agree with everything you said…

    • Tulip says:

      Yep. Any parent who goes for sole custody for any reason other than the other parent being unfit and/or harmful to the child due to abuse, neglect etc (or the other parent has chosen to walk away for whatever reason) is not really acting in the child’s best interest IMO, just pure selfishness.

      • KatieG says:

        I agree, but if she is going to ask for sole physical custody and then leave the country then I understand why he would fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if joint custody was part of the prenup and she has stated her intention to attack that.

      • Algernon says:

        @ KatieG

        You can’t put custody stuff in pre-nups. Well, you can, but judge won’t honor it. Custody arrangements are treated separately from any pre-agreed upon financial terms.

      • KatieG says:

        Thanks, I didn’t know that. But she has filed for sole physical custody and I doubt she has citizenship yet, so that isn’t good for Renner.

    • Racer says:

      Great comment. These are situations comprised of people who haven’t fully taken responsibility for their choices and the “fight” comes from a lack of inner peace in recognizing a personal decision didn’t play out in your favor. Get over it and move on.

    • Kcarp says:

      I would like to know what she has done to not deserve full custody? Call me old fashioned but until the mother is deemed unfit I do not think anyone should take her children away. Co parent great but home base is with mom.

      • Hickup says:

        So true.
        As an actor Renner does probably have long days filming and long days giving one interview after the next. So instead of paying several nannies for 24/7 care he should just pay the child’s mother to do the job.

  5. aims says:

    I think this is going to get bloody fast. He looks natural with his baby girl and I cringe anytime ex’s publicly slam each other. Both parties need to think of their girl before losing their minds and going crazy.

  6. RobN says:

    He’ll start claiming she does drugs or she hangs out with suspect friends, she’ll drop the marriage is a fraud cause he’s involved with his house flipping friend bomb, and away we go.

    Should be fun.

    • KatieG says:

      I think he will have stacks of evidence on her, but I really think the fraud bit is financial. Even supposing he is in a long term relationship with his business partner how can she claim she didn’t know? It has been in the press and apparently they all lived in the same house for a year before she signed the prenup. How could she prove that she didn’t know and would a judge overturn a confidentiality agreement if she didn’t have clear proof that they are having sex AND she didn’t know when she signed the prenup? I think it will settle out of court, but only if she agrees to joint physical custody. It is just a play for more money.

  7. Lori says:

    At least he wants the kid. Only thing nice I can think to say.

  8. FingerBinger says:

    It sounds like as soon as he got married he knew he’d made a mistake if this has been “on the cards” for awhile. They’ve only been married ten months.

  9. The Original Mia says:

    He should have never gotten married. He’s never talked about wanting that for himself due to the mess his parents made of theirs. I’ve no doubt he did the right thing for Ava, to give her the stability of both her parents in the same household, but…that’s never a good idea. I do think it’s going to get ugly, but hopefully both of them will realize that Ava’s happiness is more important than scoring points in the media and with the courts. Act right. Get a divorce. Move on with your co-parenting lives.

    • Veronica says:

      This is what happens when people with two sex drives produce a child that was never intended, and that child winds up being the only tenuous thread holding them together.

      This is why contraception is your friend.

  10. jen says:

    Where was that pic taken? Those look like bottles of booze in the background. Is he in a bar with his baby?

  11. KatieG says:

    This what I think. He knocked her up, perhaps with a bit of extra help on her side if you believe the gossip from Vancouver. They live together for a year during which she behaved herself and doesn’t act like a money grabbing fame whore. They get married. She thinks this will be a changing point and he will start taking her to celebrity events, but he doesn’t. They start fighting over this. She realizes that he is going to end things fairly soon and she has allowed herself to get tied up by contracts that will not allow her to talk to the press and she will not actually get that much money out of it. She goes to a divorce attorney who writes up an inflammatory divorce petition which it makes it clear that she will do her best to drag him through the mud and deny him joint physical custody unless he pays more.

    • Neelyo says:

      Wow that’s good and sounds very plausible.

    • someone says:

      This sounds about right to me. Who the hell gets married and keeps it a secret until they divorce? If I’m proud of my spouse I shout it from the mountain tops. I too would have been offended if I was Sonni and my husband refused to tell the world we are married.

      He married her to get the better legal rights a married father gets, versus the lesser legal rights an unmarried father has to fight for.

      I also think she was led to believe it would be a “real” marriage while he had no intentions of that. He wanted to keep living with his best boyfriend/buddy and expected her to be OK with that.

    • someone says:

      By the way KatieG, what was the gossip about the conception in Vancouver? I seemed to have missed that. I was under the assumption it was a fling gone wrong…

      • KatieG says:

        Just gossip that she had told people she was going to try and get pregnant. It is probably rubbish, I am sure that it would have been a blind item if they hadn’t been so invested in him being gay and I have no time for blind items. But they were photographed together more than 6 months before she got pregnant, so it was more than a fling.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Balogna! She was a paid beard and baby makes straight. He is the creep here. She may not be Miss Morality, but Renner doesn’t fool anybody anymore. He’ll do whatever he has to stay in the closet, so fans think he’s a macho action hero in real life. Why can’t he be honest and be a gay macho action hero in real life? I don’t get it.

      • leia says:

        Oh for shit sake. He’s so f’Kg stupid as to pick a hooker as a “beard” and to gestate his child? Are you for real? Do you know how many dicks, stds and drugs this hooker has had? Srsly. He’s THAT evil to expose a unborn fetus to that shit?

        All the gaydar screeches are good for is to keep his Q rating up.

    • YeahWrite says:

      And we have a winner!
      honestly, this girl is a con artist. It could not be any clearer. and Renner will have no trouble proving it: he does have Google after all, doesn’t he?
      Ladies: if a man hides you and doesn’t stand proudly beside you? Red. Flag.
      I don’t care how private he claims to be; that ain’t normal.

      • leia says:

        But she deserved it for being the con artist she was.
        Why not keep and honour the contract for services and then prove herself independently as the woman for him?
        All about the money and fame on the back of what she created – a meal ticket child.

    • The Original Mia says:

      If she was a hooker, then what in the world was he thinking? And no, I don’t buy the gay rumors. I think he’s a raging heterosexual who thinks with his d*ck and thought he would do the right thing by the girl he knocked up. Dumb, but whatever.

      What surprises me the most is that she jumped the gun and filed first. Why not wait it out for a few more years? Get her citizenship. Get more money. Establish herself here. Instead, she bails because she thinks he’s about to. Who is advising this chick?

  12. original kay says:

    Why do I have the gut feeling he will turn out to be the male Halle Berry in this scenario?

    speaking of, will CB cover the mess and the assault at the airport? Halle’s husband, what’s his name.

  13. Veronica says:

    Of course he does. Why pay all of that child support when he has all the power in this relationship, all of the money, all of the legal backing? I’ve no doubt he’ll win, too, because the PR machine is definitely geared in his favor. Then, of course, he’ll hire a nanny and dump the responsibility on her.

  14. Talie says:

    Would using an actual surrogate have been so horrible… I mean, c’mon!

  15. browniecakes says:

    Hoping both parents remember that whatever they say or do that is recorded on the internet can be viewed by Ava later in life. Best to take the high road – if they can find it from where they are now.

    • KatieG says:

      I do think this explains Renner’s strange behavior right from the start. I think he might have done a lot of clean up work for Sonni on the internet and as long as he didn’t acknowledge their relationship or take her to public events, then the media wouldn’t look too closely at her.

      • The Original Mia says:

        That’s what I don’t understand. If he did try to hide her because she was an escort, she just opened herself up to be exposed as one. And in this scenario, the guy will always get off better than the escort. Mark Kaplan has his work cut out for him.

      • KatieG says:

        Maybe the money means more to her than her reputation or maybe she thinks it means enough to Renner that he will pay more keep it out of court or maybe the rumors are rubbish and she was just a pretty girl who dressed up in skimpy outfits and was pleasant to customers, but nothing more.

  16. Toot says:

    Ok, say she was an escort he choose to marry her. He should have tried for custody outright if he thought she is such a terrible influence for the child.

  17. Ruyana says:

    I know it’s not very nice of me, but….. I think the dude looks like a frog.

  18. Wren33 says:

    While her claims seem outlandish, I wonder if he is afraid she’ll take their daughter to Canada, he would hide her documents or something crazy like that.

  19. smn1985 says:

    Again, she is trying to get the prenup voided on the basis of fraud, not the marriage. This is very common when trying to get out of a prenup and usually is an argument that the other person (well, really their attorney or accountant) didn’t fully disclose all their assets; the usual claim is “I wouldn’t have entered into the prenup on these terms had I known this undisclosed financial information.” I don’t see it working very often, though, but she’s gotta try if she wants more than the prenup gives her.

  20. Spike says:

    Excellent observations here. J had major releases. coming out after Hurt Locker – Bourne, Avengers. Also starred in Hansen & Gretel. He was in long-term relationship with a partner. Rather than doing the right thing like Matt Boomer; his past was airbrushed. Around that time he was also involved in an altercation at a Thai bath house.
    Voila – pregnancy announcement, baby, marriage. Missed her escort reveal. Cluster f*ck of epic proportions. No amount of whiteout in the world to fix this.
    When her announcement dropped, it was intended to draw attention to him, stir the pot on rumor mills. Especially the part about fraud, withholding passport, seeking full custody to return to Canada. Girl, please. Expect a very high private non-disclosure settlement & joint decree about their “amicable” split. Jeremy, just saying would have been better to be out couple or single parent hiring a surrogate. This farce wasn’t the right way to bring your little one into the world.

    • KatieG says:

      It wasn’t a Thai Bath House it was a Thai bar and even the bit about it being a gay bar was wrong – it is easy enough to find out which bars in Thailand are gay bars. There was a bit more truth in that Blind item than the one that said Ava was his sister’s baby who he only borrowed for photos, or the one that said that his ‘wife’ was definitely his business partner, but not much. Ok he was in a long term relationship when The Hurt Locker was released, but that was with the actress Jess McCallan, which was also very odd if it was a bearding relationship, because they were together when he wasn’t famous or rich and he broke up with her just when he would have benefited from a beard and she could get more out of it too. He then chose to take his mum to the oscars which really ignited the rumors and when he did finally get a girlfriend it was this disaster. What on Earth makes anyone think this man is planning this mess as some sort of massive cover up of his sexuality? All he had to do was marry the nice girl he had been dating for 4 or 5 years and produce some chubby babies, if he had done that the rumors wouldn’t even have got started.

      • The Original Mia says:

        I think we’re the only two people who believe he’s straight. I knew about Jess. Back then no one cared about Jeremy’s sexual orientation. But they were together for years, and then Hurt Locker came out and he was talking about how lonely he was. If he was gay and hiding, I doubt he’d keep it a secret. I don’t think he cares enough to do that. And people love the Thai story, but don’t look deep enough to find out the truth.

  21. browniecakes says:

    Jeremy’s twitter post today via WhoSay accompanied by a photo of him with a bow and arrow:

    “Tues morn. I find myself in costume again. I just can’t tell you why. And it still fits!” Easy guess – London, ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ shoot.

  22. justme says:

    Minus the pictures with his baby he just reminds me of Grumpy Cat…. makes me wanna wrap him in a blanket, cuddle with him till he breaks and smiles. Lol.

  23. someone says:

    So where does this bit about Sonni being a paid escort come from? I’ve searched the internet and can’t come up with anything on that rumor. She appears to have some modeling and direct t DVD listings going back to 2009 but I don’t see any escort rumors.

    Also, any chance their marriage was a green card issue? Maybe because she is Canadian she couldn’t stay in the USA any longer unless they got married?

    • Aurora says:

      Its a cooked up a rumor. One of his fans dropped it around the time she became a visible part of his life. And the internet did the rest. Now you have people here repeating that twaddle so matter of factly that nobody queries it.

    • Jessica says:

      People think she dresses ‘slutty’ and looks ‘whorish’, and that she was a paid surrogate. Somewhere along the line that combination got turned into ‘she’s obviously a prostitute’, even though absolutely nothing supports that assertion, unless you think all women with breast implants and a penchant for small clothing are prostitutes, or that being a paid surrogate and selling sex go together like salt and pepper.

    • Frederika says:

      Because there were photos that mysteriously disappeared, and a video of her poolside at the Playboy mansion.

  24. KatieG says:

    This is interesting. The paps know where Jeremy’s old house is and this says he returned the baby to his mum there on Sunday. The divorce indicate that all three moved out a couple of months ago and then she moved to another place with the baby in December. Maybe the aggressive filing was to get the house, I am sure it is worth several million. It seems pretty amicable, but that might just be for the kid’s sake, which is a good sign anyway.