Mario Winans, RAP producer and gospel singer — nephew of Broadway star Benjamin "BeBe" Winans, is refusing to support his 3-year-old son, says his ex-lover Janel Bennett.
According to Janel who was in an eight-year relationship with Winans before she had her son Jordan, she was evicted from her home in Miami because Winans wouldn't pay child support.
The jilted mom says she is homeless and living with friends on the South Side of Chicago, where she works as a cocktail waitress.
In 2005, the Miami Herald reported, "A DNA test shows a '99.99 percent probability' that Winans is the biological parent." Documents filed in a Miami-Dade, Florida court last January 2 stated, "Mario Winans is obligated to pay Janel Bennett $4,500 per month due on the first of each month as child support."
Janel told reporters, "He hasn't paid me. I just wanted support, and I was on disability and Medicaid and welfare just to have the baby." She said that after telling Winans she was pregnant, he disappeared from her life. Friends of Winan's confirmed that his current girlfriend, Joy, the mother of his toddler daughter, Sklyar is known publicly as his "wife." Janel added, "Joy lives in a 16-bedroom mansion and her daughter wears mink coats and Seven jeans, and my son doesn't have boots to wear in the winter."
She claimed Winans has only seen Jordan once, and "doesn't send Christmas cards, doesn't send him birthday cards, nothing." Bennett met Winans — who leapt to fame in 2004 with his track, "I Don't Wanna Know" — in 1997 through their mutual friend Sean "Diddy" Combs. Winans and Combs worked together at Bad Boy Records and Bennett was working on fashion consulting for Combs' clothing line, Sean John.
Janel said that for a while, Winans was sending her some money, but "he stopped paying last year...by the end of August 2007, I lost the house and moved to Chicago...I just want him to do right by Jordan...It would be so simple for him to call me so we could work something out."