Bjork’s Ex Matthew Barney Sues for Custody of Their Daughter

Bjork's Cheating Ex Matthew Barney Is Suing Her for Custody
Bjork's ex, artist Matthew Barney, is suing her for equal custody of their 12-year-old daughter Isadora, blasting the Icelandic singer-songwriter as "selfish" Dave Allocca/startraksphoto.com

Bjork may not have Seen It All just yet. The lovably odd Icelandic musician is being sued by Matthew Barney, the very man who apparently broke her heart and ran off with another woman.

Page Six reported on Wednesday, April 1, that Bjork's ex is suing for custody of their 12-year-old daughter Isadora, claiming that the songstress, 49, has monopolized time with the tween. According to the paper, acclaimed multimedia artist Barney, 48, filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court against Bjork Gunmundsdottir.

In the documents, he is reportedly seeking a more equivalent schedule with Isadora, and claims that Bjork "is effectively sacrificing Doa’s emotional well-being in favor of her own selfish desires."

He also blasts the singer for having a "self-focused mindset," and for believing that "she has far greater rights than I do as Doa’s father; and, in part, from her insistence that I am solely to blame for the breakdown of our relationship and the end of our intact family."

The Fort Greene-based artist further claims in the suit that their daughter "has stated, on her own initiative, that she wants" equal time with her parents.

Barney and Bjork were together for 13 years before they split in 2013, after he ran off with a fellow artist, according to the singer herself. In an interview with Pitchfork, Bjork described her breakup with Barney as "the most painful thing" she has ever experienced.

"It really is in the lyrics. I've never really done lyrics like this, because they're so teenage, so simple," she said at the time. "I wrote them really quickly. But I also spent a long time on them to get them just right. It's so hard to talk about the subject matter; it's impossible — I'm sorry."

The Oscar nominee — who famously wore the swan dress to the 2001 Academy Awards — has based her recently released ninth studio album Vulnicura on the heartbreaking experience. Personal strife or not, the "Human Behavior" singer and her 20-plus years of work in music and other disciplines are explored and celebrated in a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

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