Jaime King’s estranged husband says he’s been a ‘solo parent’ during the pandemic

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Earlier this week, we discussed Jaime King and how she filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Kyle Newman. There was no advance gossip about this, so it had the feel of something that came out of nowhere. Add to that, Jaime not only filed for divorce, she asked the California court to grant her a restraining order against Newman, which they did in a limited capacity (it’s a restraining order up until June 8th, which is their next court appointment). She also asked the court for an emergency custody motion about their two sons, James Knight and Leo Thames, but that motion was denied. Reportedly, there’s some kind of shadiness about that, and whether Newman has their sons right now… in lockdown in Pennsylvania. While Jaime is in LA? After the custody motion was denied, Kyle Newman’s spokesperson made a public statement:

“Kyle was deeply saddened by Jaime’s attempt to obtain court orders based solely on false claims without providing him any opportunity to respond,” a spokesperson for filmmaker tells PEOPLE in a statement. “As a result, he was extremely pleased that the judge nevertheless permitted their children to remain in his care. As Kyle continues to solo parent, as he has done throughout this pandemic, he remains entirely focused on putting the children’s stability and welfare first. Kyle wants nothing but the best for his whole family and hopes that Jaime can find the peace and help she needs.”

[From People]

“… Their children to REMAIN in his care” and “continues to solo parent, as he has done throughout this pandemic.” So he’s been in Pennsylvania with their sons for two months or more and… Jaime wanted a restraining order? I don’t know, but I’ve felt unsettled about this situation from the start. Now Jaime’s people have gone to People Magazine to say that of course Jaime wants to protect the kids from all of this public discourse:

Two days after Jaime King filed for divorce from estranged husband Kyle Newman after 12 years of marriage, a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE she wants to protect their children from any public drama. Via a statement released by his spokesperson, Newman broke his silence on the split Tuesday afternoon, saying he “was deeply saddened” by King’s legal filings and was “extremely pleased that the judge nevertheless permitted their children to remain in his care.”

The source close to King says Newman, 44, “was not granted any type of custody of the children by the court” and that “the judge simply took ‘no action’ in regards to custody until such time as a hearing with notice to Kyle takes place.”

“Jaime was granted her request for a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Kyle from being near her or contacting her and is hopeful for a private and peaceful resolution without further court proceedings, which would be best for their children,” says the King source. “Jaime strongly believes that their children’s lives should not be discussed in the press.”

[From People]

This sounds like a messy situation where two small children are being used as pawns by their parents anyway, and all of this talking around whatever is really happening… it’s not helpful. So the restraining order means that Kyle can’t contact her while he’s in Pennsylvania, huh? And I would guess that their lawyers are working some stuff out. But yeah, this is an odd situation.

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  1. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I wonder if they were already having major issues and he took the kids without her permission and now she’s separated from them. The custody filing was maybe a maneuver to get physical custody back.

  2. Leigh says:

    His entire statement reads extremely passive aggressive. Especially if he’s trying to twist the judge’s ruling and framing it as the judge decided he should keep the kids, rather than the judge took no action regarding custody until the next court date. And then to say he hopes she “gets the help she needs”. Hmm. And her response about DV and wanting to keep the kids out of the press. Goodness I hope those kids are not stuck in quarantine with an abuser about to fight for custody. I wonder what the circumstances were that led to him being in another state with the children? Did he know she was going to leave him and decided to pull the rug out from underneath her? Is she sincerely in need of “help” so he took the kids to protect them? Did they agree to this separation, but then the relationship deteriorated? So many questions. I hope the kids are safe.

    • Kebbie says:

      I’m getting major gaslighting vibes from his statement.

      I think she was filming in Canada until production was shut down because of the quarantine, so he may have just had the kids with him because of that.

  3. emmy says:

    So it was for a DV situation and it was granted? That clears that up I guess. Sh*t. Also, that was some major shade right there at the end of his statement. He hopes she gets the help she needs? Coming from the guy who has a restraining order against him. Right.

    I wasn’t going to say anything but honestly … she hasn’t looked well for years. She’s a beautiful woman but … yeah. I get that she was very very thin during her modeling days but once she quit that (and heroin), she looked very different. That changed dramatically a while ago.

    It must suck that she’s so far away from her kids.

    • Mia4s says:

      “So it was for a DV situation and it was granted? That clears that up I guess.”

      Ehhhhh, not exactly? The burden of proof for a petitioner on an initial order like this is extremely low (as it should be!). Plus the order is very brief in duration. None of the allegations have even begun to be tested. Next steps will be more telling.

      (I don’t mean to sound dismissive, it’s just that I work in the legal system and know of at least one case where an abusive husband managed to get one of these initial, temporary orders against the wife he was abusing! That came out in the end, it’s just…I tread lightly in making judgments on these type of orders)

    • Sof says:

      If I’m not mistaking her from someone else, Jaime has talked on Instagram about her addiction problems during her modeling years. I really hope he is not using this as his strategy to get the kids, that would be really low of him.

  4. Talie says:

    You wouldn’t know they had issues from her Instagram. A month ago, it all seemed positive. But you also would’ve never known she hasn’t been with her kids, so that’s a bit of a hiccup and curiosity.

  5. Case says:

    This is a really odd situation. She’s accusing him of DV, he seems to be low-key accusing her of addiction/mental issues (“get the help she needs”.) I follow her on Insta and find it really weird that it’s just coming out now she hasn’t been with her kids in two months. It didn’t seem that way.

    Basically, no way of knowing what the real situation is at this point. I just hope their kids are okay.

  6. MtnMadness says:

    Mmm…come hell high water etc, don’t leave your kids. No matter how this ends, she fled
    from her kids. Imagine if Angie left her kids after Brad supposedly hit or harmed the oldest? She would look like she’s more about herself than a vulnerable child. I -do- feel for the woman who leaves an abusive man and has to leave the children as well- that’s got to be painful on a cellular level…. but no matter, this is a bad look for HER as a parent.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      There’s literally no evidence that that is what or how it went down. It’s just as plausible that he TOOK the kids to punish her for wanting to leave.

    • CooCoo Catchoo says:

      We don’t know enough about the situation to conclude that she fled from her kids. If she was in Canada working, it would make sense that the children remained in the US in the care of their father. It’s not fair to assume that she ran away from them.

  7. lucy2 says:

    The whole thing sounds messy. Hope the kids are safe, and everyone can work this out peacefully.

  8. Meg says:

    just from that shady statement he released, I’m not on his side

  9. Delphinia says:

    DV survivor here. My take is that there has been a history of gaslighting and abuse, both psychological and physical, and that he’s taking advantage of a pandemic to keep her from her kids. I think he had the kids because she was working and that he took them without her consent. They don’t have a pre-existing custody arrangement because they’re still married. I can’t imagine going through the process of getting a restraining order and having that made public if there wasn’t actually abuse happening. It’s not strange at all that she wouldn’t post on Instagram about being separated from her kids during lockdown. I wouldn’t want to share about that, either. Also when the lockdown started I don’t think any of us really knew how long it would be. His statement to the press was him acting on the offense while at the same time being very passive-aggressive and an attempt to shame her. When I read that last line all I could think of was all the times my abuser has called me crazy.

  10. Leisa says:

    I am so sorry you went through that Delphina. I’ve been working in DV and GBV for many years and I agree with you , this sounds like a pretty classic case of DV in that he is using the kids to punish her for wanting to live safely. I hope those kids are ok, and that she gets a fantastic lawyer and support who see her through all this.