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Kelis and Nas settle money wrangle in court

Nas and Kelis
The couple married in 2003

US musicians Kelis and Nas have reached a financial settlement in court, with Nas being ordered to increase monthly payments to his estranged wife.

The rapper will now pay the Milkshake star $51,000 (£31,336) each month. Kelis said she was "thrilled".

The singer, 30, lives in Los Angeles with their son Knight and has built a recording studio at the property.

Nas - real name Nasir Jones - will no longer have to pay $13,000 (£7,991) on the home which they once shared.

Tax bill

The court case in Los Angeles, at which both musicians gave evidence, described the pair as both suffering from financial hardship.

Kelis, whose full name is Kelis Rogers, recently signed a record deal worth $175,000 (£107,405), but her lawyers argued that she has only taken $50,000 (£30,683) of the fee.

They also downplayed her currency as a recording artist, telling the court that her only recent song was premiered on Twitter.

Nas said he did not expect to release an album until next year - which may result in additional income - two years after his last record.

The court heard that the 36-year-old owes his manager $700,000 (£430,000) and has a tax bill amounting to millions.

Kelis, meanwhile, has not filed a tax return for years, making her income difficult to determine.



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