Lets go of both kids to live with Gavin

New Straits Times - - Front Page - DEN­NIS CHUA KUALA LUMPUR

AC­TRESS and tele­vi­sion host Se­rina Redzuawan and her busi­ness­man hus­band Gavin Ed­ward O’Lua­naigh, whose Mus­lim name is Salahudin Gha­far, were granted a di­vorce at the Pe­tal­ing District Syariah Court in Pe­tal­ing Jaya yes­ter­day.

Gavin pro­nounced the di­vorce with a sin­gle “ta­lak” be­fore syarie judge Nu­rul Hi­dayah Jani at 10.49am.

Chef Datuk Redzuawan Is­mail, bet­ter known as Chef Wan, had lamented that his daugh­ter, Se­rina, had “let go” of her chil­dren to live with Gavin.

In an In­sta­gram post last Sun­day, Chef Wan ex­pressed re­gret that Se­rina had given cus­tody of Tris­tan Ta­reef, 7, and Is­abella Saf­fiya, 5, to Gavin, with the “ex­cuse” that she did not want them to be trau­ma­tised by their di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.

He said Se­rina, as a mother of two young chil­dren, should en­sure that Tris­tan and Is­abella were un­der her care, but she “re­fused to lis­ten to (me)”.

“I of­fered to have her and the chil­dren stay at my old house in Am­pang, or join me at my cur­rent res­i­dence in Cy­ber­jaya, but she has al­lowed them to stay with Gavin,” said Chef Wan, adding that her move had been giv­ing him sleep­less nights.

Chef Wan said he re­minded Se­rina of the im­por­tance of plac­ing the young­sters in their mother’s care, telling her that she could not just “let go”.

“Gavin can still see the chil­dren, but Se­rina needs to ex­er­cise her right as a mother.

“I pray that she does not re­gret her de­ci­sion.”

Se­rina, in an In­sta­gram post yes­ter­day, said that she had her rea­sons for al­low­ing Tris­tan and Is­abella to stay with their fa­ther, adding that she and Gavin had made ar­range­ments to look after their chil­dren.

“Gavin and I have agreed to jointly look after them.

“When he works in the morn­ing, I take care of them and that in­cludes send­ing them to school.

“In the evening, Gavin looks after them, and they’ll spend the night in our old home be­cause their room has just been ren­o­vated. I don’t see any­thing wrong with that.”

Se­rina slammed cer­tain quar­ters who ac­cused her of ne­glect­ing her chil­dren.

“I’m not ne­glect­ing my chil­dren. That’s ma­li­cious slan­der. I know what my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are,” she said.

Se­rina and Gavin’s di­vorce pro­ceed­ings be­gan in April. They were mar­ried on Jan 1, 2010.

“My chil­dren are my pri­or­ity, and I’ll al­ways be there for them.

“I love my ba­bies very much.”

On July 27, the Syariah High Court of Shah Alam de­cided to grant cus­to­di­an­ship of Tris­tan and Is­abella to Gavin, based on an agree­ment made with Se­rina.

The court granted tem­po­rary cus­tody of the chil­dren to Gavin, and Se­rina was given the right to visit them on week­ends.

Se­rina Redzuawan

Gavin Ed­ward O’Lua­naigh

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