Iggy Azalea has been sued for divorce — even though she says she was never married. But rapper Hefe Wine, the ex-boyfriend behind the threatened Iggy Azalea sex tape, now says that he and the then-teenage Iggy were married in 2008, and now he wants a divorce.
According to court documents unearthed by — who else — the celebrity news site TMZ, Hefe Wine, whose real name in Maurice Williams, says that in 2008 he and Iggy Azalea, whose real name is Amethyst Kelly, “agreed to be married, holding themselves out as man and wife and began residing together in the State of Texas on or about September, 2008.”
Azalea recently filed a legal action against Williams, aka Wine, in an attempt to keep him from making financial claims against her.
“It’s disappointing that this thief, felon and fugitive is continuing to use the media to attack Iggy as part of his desperate and despicable attempt to keep himself in the press,” a source reportedly close to Iggy Azalea told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. “Iggy’s federal court complaint froze Mr. Williams’ ability to trade on her fame by profiting from music he stole from her, so he has resorted to elevating his predatory relationship with a 17 year old girl into a sham ‘marriage’ claim unsupported by any certificate or evidence.”
Iggy Azalea turned 18 in June of 2008.
The court documents do not say that Hefe Wine claims to have actually married Iggy Azalea in a legal ceremony, only that they “agreed” to be married, meaning their marriage, if it indeed exists, would have only “common law” status.
In Texas, a common law marriage can count as a legal marriage if the couple “agree” that they are married, live together in the same residence, and tell others that they are husband and wife.
But reps for Iggy Azalea say that she never “agreed” to any such thing and that she was completely unaware of her supposed marriage to Hefe Wine.
So what does the Texas rapper have to gain by filing for divorce from a woman he never married? Quite a lot, as it turns out. If Hefe Wine can persuade a judge that he was really married to Iggy Azalea under Texas law, any earnings stemming from music she created during the alleged marriage would become his property as well as hers.
Iggy Azalea could be forced to split millions of dollars in revenues from record sales and songwriting royalties with Hefe Wine, as if he were her equal partner.