MTV personality Nikkole Ledda Paulun – who appeared on an episode of “16 & Pregnant” – created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her daughter Ellie. Ledda set a goal of $ 3,500, the amount required to hire an attorney for her December 1, 2021 custody hearing.
“In the past year my daughter has complained about many problems in her father’s house, including the fact that she was not fed and slept all day while she wandered through his house alone,” wrote Paulun in the description of the fundraiser. “Among other things, I save for the court.”
“I’ve never asked anyone for help, but the protection of my daughter is so important to me,” said Paulun, referring to her ex Ryan Rice and his family.
“They fight me on a number of things and most of them are lies to try to take my time,” she continued. “It’s just their way of trying to keep control of me and my life like narcissists do.”
When this article was published on Nov. 20, 202.1 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. ET, the fundraiser raised $ 3,000 from 148 donations.
Her Instagram profile includes a highlight reel showing her home building process, with the first post shared 16 weeks ago.
Paulun, 28, opened up on Instagram about the upcoming legal battle and warned her followers what she was going to share, which brought her to a “vulnerable” place.
The Monroe, Michigan native said the custody battle was orchestrated by her ex’s mother.
“He would never spend his money to take me to court, but his mother would surely do it,” Paulun revealed in her Instagram statement. “She’s been looking after his lawyers and holding us in court since Ellie was one. Even if she knew I had big financial problems, she would take me back to court, but Ellie would never buy anything or even ask if she needed anything. “
Paulun – who is also the mother of a 4-month-old son, Bodhi, and a 12-year-old son, Lyle – alleged that Rice abused her 6-year-old daughter, Ellie.
“When I was looking for legal advice and a new lawyer a few months ago, I mentioned Ellie complained about not being fed and her father not taking care of her properly,” she explained. “That’s just a small sample of what’s going on.”
“Teen Mom” fans on Reddit said it was “gross” that Paulun asked for financial help. Some people claimed she missed her money, used up her bank account so she could spend it on her looks, build a splendid house, and go on vacation.
“It’s disgusting to be begging for money when she’s building a house and has just gone on vacation,” remarked one fan Telling a story so that others will pay for their responsibilities and I wish people would stop giving it a platform altogether. “
Some viewers wrote that they were suspicious of Paulun’s story.
“Apparently something is happening that could cause her to lose custody,” they suspected. “If it weren’t for that, she wouldn’t be afraid of it. She could just get a appointed attorney or one who is available through the courts for low-income people. “
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