As his less-than-amicable divorce from singer Kelis rages on, rapper Nas has disclosed his earnings and expenses to support the fact that his financial state is not quite what his estranged wife believes it is.
According to TMZ.com, the Queensbridge native reports that while Kelis divorce petition indicated that he had received $11 million for his deal with Def Jam in 2006, he in fact only received close to $4 million.
Since then, he says, his monthly income has decreased to $147, 165.
Nas monthly expenses, on the other hand, currently total $71, 371.96, including $10,000 on his personal grooming alone, clothing and toiletries included.
Almost a month ago, Kelis made a similar disclosure, telling the courts that since her separation from Nas in November of last year, her average monthly income had decreased to $21, 616, almost $60,000 less than her projected expenses, once she gives birth to the child she is expecting with her ex.
The Milkshake songbird requested that a judge order Nas to pay all pregnancy-related expenses, half of all medical expenses after the baby is born, child support, and spousal support to maintain the life she lead while married.
My survival is based on [his] will at this time, Kelis said. If he does not want to pay for an expense, it does not get paid.
Though Kelis claims Nas has not offered any support since their separation, Nas told the judge that has agreed to pay $350 for a stroller, $450 for a baby sling, and $1,598 for two cribs.
He also indicated that hed be willing to pay $5,000 a month in child support, which he called a reasonable amount.
He went on to say that he wants to be fully involved with raising his second child.
Nas has a 12-year-old daughter with ex-fiancée Carmen Bryan.