Joe Jonas reacts after Sophie Turner sues him for custody of their children

Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. Photo: Instagram/Sophie Turner

Actress Sophie Turner has initiated legal proceedings against her estranged husband, pop star Joe Jonas, in an effort to obtain the passports of their two young daughters. Her goal is to enable her to take the children to England.

Turner, who was recently served with divorce papers after four years of marriage to Jonas, filed a petition on Thursday. In the petition, she stated that the couple had originally intended to raise their daughters in her native England. She also emphasized that their daughters, aged 4 and 1, have become fully immersed and integrated into the daily and cultural life in England.

Best known for playing Sansa Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones", Turner filed her petition in federal court in New York under the child abduction clauses of the Hague Convention, an international treaty aimed at compelling the return of a child taken from their country of "habitual residence".

Turner, 27, says that she and Jonas, 34, made a mutual decision to raise their daughters in England and to relocate there in April of this year.

During part of August and September, while Jonas began a tour with his band the Jonas Brothers in the United States, Turner would be working long hours filming a television series in England. So, Turner said she and Jonas had agreed that the children would travel with Jonas and a nanny.

The plan was for Turner to travel to New York after filming wrapped on September 14 to collect the children, but in the meantime "the breakdown of the parties' marriage happened very suddenly", Turner said.

According to Turner, Jonas filed for divorce in Florida on September 1 and she learned about it through the media on September 5. The pair issued a joint statement on their Instagram accounts on September 6 saying they had mutually decided to amicably end the marriage.

Turner says she and Jonas saw each other on September 17 and she asked him for the children's passports so she could take them back to England, but Jonas refused to turn over the passports of the girls, who were born in the United States, and have dual US and British citizenship.

The court filing says the girls are temporarily living with Turner in a Manhattan hotel. The Jonas Brothers were scheduled to perform in Philadelphia on Thursday and in Baltimore on Friday.

Jonas said in a statement that he is "seeking shared parenting with the kids so that they are raised by both their mother and father" and that he is "okay with the kids being raised both in the US and the UK".

"This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending," he added. "When language like 'abduction' is used, it is misleading at best, and a serious abuse of the legal system at worst."

Jonas said he did not surprise Turner with divorce papers but rather filed for divorce after what he said were "multiple conversations with Sophie". Jonas has been a pop idol since he and his brothers Nick and Kevin formed the Jonas Brothers in 2005. He and Turner met in 2016 and married in 2019.
(With PTI inputs)

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