Tyrese is currently embroiled in a court battle with his ex-wife over the custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Shayla Gibson. Last week, the Fast & Furious actor revealed his current child support payments are exceeding $13,000 per month.
“My wife kept the news away from me cause I’ve been on with lawyers all day but our family and our sister Jada Pinkett Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat,” Tyrese wrote on Instagram.
However, the Smiths kind-hearted gesture did come with one request — that he stay off social media.
“You’ve guys asked me to get off and stay off the Internet now that my daughters legal fees will be paid ! will listen…..,” he added despite his continued posts on Instagram.
When we show UP for each-other there’s nothing that can’t be done I️ repeat nothing…… My wife kept the news away from me cause I’ve been on with lawyers all day but our family and our sister Jada-Pinkett Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat- You’ve guys asked me to get off and stay off the Internet now that my daughters legal fees will be paid ! will listen….. The Smiths’s and their whole family has always shown up for The Gibson’s Uncle Will you’re an uncle for real….. And I’m saying again if you guys are out there in the Atlanta area please vote for @keishabottoms someone my daughter looks up to a LOT!!!! #ShaylaRocks
Tyrese has had a long-standing friendship with the Smiths. During a 2008 interview with blackfilm.com, Tyrese admitted it was Will’s influence that encouraged him to pursue a serious career as an actor.
“I’ve never taken the movie thing as serious like I have music until now,” he said at the time. “And I want to send all the love possible to my man Will Smith who played a huge role in me making some big, big changes in my life. Will took me under his wing and told me that ‘you’re that guy; you have what it takes to be the next guy. We’ve become friends and I’ve even been training with Will and his trainer and lost 46 pounds working out with them.”
Last week, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services reportedly closed their investigation into allegations that Tyrese had struck his daughter.