The mom said she’d planned to use her frequent flyer miles to put her daughters on a plane to Florida to live with him, but he won’t answer her calls. She said she’ll do anything not to relive the two months when she had to live out of her car with the girls.
“My 10 year old daughter, she likes to bring her friends home,” Kanika said. “For me to have to tell her that I have to meet her at Starbucks tomorrow because we can’t go back home – it’s breaking my heart.”
Kanika said she’s been trying to provide for her girls, and has interned as well as applied for hundreds of jobs. She’s also enrolled back in school with the hopes of opening up her own yoga studio that specializes in women dealing with trauma. She said Andre’s actions are an even bigger slap in the face, because she knows he’s been making large sums of money playing basketball overseas.
The pair were college sweethearts at DePaul University in Illinois, and Kanika gave birth to their first daughter while she was still a senior. They moved to Italy, where Andre was playing overseas, and after their stint in Europe, they returned home, where she said she and Andre planned to have their second daughter, now 10. But their relationship was marked by intense fighting, Kanika said, brought on by the stresses of having kids young and the death of her own parents, who passed away just three months apart.
“The relationship was really, really volatile,” Kanika said. “There was just a lot going on at that time.”
She’s been trying to shield the daughters from their financial issues, but said the girls are hurting because their dad isn’t around.
“My oldest daughter is 14 and she wants to play basketball to connect with him,” Kanika said. “But he doesn’t want to connect.”
BOSSIP’s attempts to reach Andre weren’t successful Tuesday.
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