Westlife singer Brian McFadden has filed papers demanding temporary custody of his two daughters with British reality TV star Kerry Katona.
The Irish singer has been increasingly worried about the welfare of his girls, eight-year-old Molly and Lilly-Sue, six, after the former Atomic Kitten star was caught on camera snorting cocaine last month (Aug09).
Katona was cautioned by police for possessing drugs, and ex-husband MCFadden was incensed by the scandal.
Now he has made his first legal bid to get custody of his daughters.
Katona was served with legal papers earlier this month (Sep09) and has until Thursday (17Sep09) to respond - otherwise MCFadden will apply for full custody of the two girls, according to Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper.
A source tells the publication, “Kerry is terrified of losing her girls. She’d heard Brian was thinking about taking custody, but had heard nothing. Suddenly a letter landed on her doorstep from Brian’s lawyers demanding intermediate custody while she sorts herself out.
“Her children are the most important thing to her, the last thing she needs is a bitter custody battle with Brian... it could destroy her.
“Brian is concerned for his daughters’ well-being. He believes that until Kerry gets clean they should be with him.”
The former couple wed in 2002 and divorced in 2004. MCFadden is now engaged to Australian singer Delta Goodrem.