In an attempt to wish his youngest child a happy birthday, rapper Fabolous may have just played himself big time. Fab’s daughter, Journey Isabella, turned 2 years old on Oct. 10. Journey is the youngest of three children that the artist shares with his stylist ex-girlfriend, Emily B. Aside from their daughter, the couple has two sons — Johan and Jonas Jackson, ages 14 and 7.
Like most parents would, the “Make Me Better” rapper took to Instagram to acknowledge his daughter’s birthday with a heartfelt message. The post featured a sweet picture of the Brooklyn rapper holding his daughter and a few words for her on her special day.
“I named you Journey because that’s really what it’s been,” the caption began. “Might not know when you going thru it, but you’ll get it at the end I don’t believe you can have faith unless you trust the JOURNEY. You have taught me that so I look at you with understanding & love. Your life assures it will all add up… 10 • 10 • 2020
Happy Bday Journey Jackson 🎈
Fab’s followers sent their virtual birthday wishes to the toddler and commented on her father’s meaningful explanation for her name. However, quickly after the post went up, the artist’s stepdaughter, Taina Williams, demanded the Brooklyn rapper stop the charades.
Williams, Emily B‘s daughter from a previous relationship, took to the rapper’s Instagram comments to accuse him of abandoning his youngest daughter after he and Emily B split. She also accused Fabolous of only being a father to his sons and manipulating them.
“This post is hilarious,” wrote Williams. “‘Might not know when you going thru it, but you’ll get it at the end’ Is Translation for = I haven’t taken care of my daughter in almost a year & don’t even ask about her well-being because IDC & I’m bitter & I’m only a father to my two beautiful sons who I can manipulate. Stop playing with the internet.”
The comment by Taina is just another item added to the dirty laundry that’s been piling up about the family for years.
As Blavity previously reported, Fab, whose real name is, John Jackson, and the mother of his children, Emily, whose full name is Emily Bustamante, have had a tumultuous relationship. In 2018, Fabolous was indicted on four felonies for assaulting her.
Fabolous allegedly assaulted Bustamante on Mar. 7, 2018, after discovering she went on a trip to Los Angeles on Instagram, TMZ reports. The then 40-year-old was also in the city at the time, and on his flight back to New Jersey, he allegedly sent a text message to Bustamante saying he wanted to hit her in the head with a baseball bat and kill her, but that he “did not want to go out like that,” NorthJersey.com reports.
Following the trip, the rapper allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head seven times and knocked out her two front teeth. According to an affidavit, Bustamante later called her father and brother to the home the couple shared to retrieve some guns because she feared Fab would use them on her, NorthJersey.com reports.
In a video obtained by TMZ, Fabolous is chasing Bustamante and threatening her dad later. The rapper appears to be holding a metal item and threatening to shoot Bustamante’s father as a bodyguard attempts to intervene. Fab lunges at Bustamante at one point, causing her to scream and run away. A child can be heard hollering in the background.
This incident left the rapper facing up to 20 years in prison.
To everyone’s surprise, the couple stayed together after the altercation and then had their daughter Journey in 2020.
According to The Jasmine Brand, fans speculated a breakup between the couple, as the celebrity stylist celebrated her birthday without Fab and unfollowed him on social media.
Neither Bustamante nor Jackson have commented on whether the split has affected his ability to be an active parent.