Joe Jonas claims Sophie Turner ‘demanded’ he hand over the children’s passports to take them out the country ‘immediately'
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Joe Jonas has released a blistering response to Sophie Turner's latest claims in their increasingly chaotic divorce proceedings.
The pair wed in Las Vegas in 2019 and announced at the beginning of the month that they're sadly ending their marriage.
They said in a joint statement: "After four wonderful years of marriage we have mutually decided to amicably end our marriage.
"There are many speculative narratives as to why but, truly this is a united decision and we sincerely hope that everyone can respect our wishes for privacy for us and our children."
But things appear to have turned sour between the pair, with Turner filing a petition against her ex, claiming that the former couple's two children, aged three and one, are being 'wrongfully retained' in New York City.
Turner's said to have 'demanded' their daughter's passports from the singer in a bid to take them to the UK 'immediately'.
The lawsuit was filed under the child abduction clauses of the Hague convention, an international treaty which aims to force the return of children to their parent if they're taken from their country of 'habitual residence'.
In response to this, a spokesperson for Jonas has said that he would be 'be in violation of the Florida Court order' if he were allow his kids to leave the country.
They said: “Joe and Sophie had a cordial meeting this past Sunday in New York, when Sophie came to New York to be with the kids. They have been with her since that meeting.
"Joe’s impression of the meeting was that they had reached an understanding that they would work together towards an amicable co-parenting setup.
“Less than 24 hours later, Sophie advised that she wanted to take the children permanently to the UK. Thereafter, she demanded via this filing that Joe hand over the children’s passports so that she could take them out of the country immediately. If he complies, Joe will be in violation of the Florida Court order.
“Joe is seeking shared parenting with the kids so that they are raised by both their mother and father, and is of course also okay with the kids being raised both in the U.S. and the UK. The children were born in the U.S. and have spent the vast majority of their lives in the U.S. They are American citizens."
The rest of Jonas' lengthy statement continued: "This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending. When language like “abduction” is used, it is misleading at best, and a serious abuse of the legal system at worst. The children were not abducted. After being in Joe’s care for the past three months at the agreement of both parties, the children are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim only to move the divorce proceedings to the UK and to remove the children from the U.S. permanently.
“Joe has already disavowed any and all statements purportedly made on his behalf that were disparaging of Sophie. They were made without his approval and are not consistent with his views. His wish is that Sophie reconsider her harsh legal position and move forward in a more constructive and private manner. His only concern is the well-being of his children.”
LADbible Group has contacted Turner's representative for comment.