Pop culture icon Cher has petitioned a court to become the temporary conservator of her 47-year-old son’s finances, citing “mental health and substance abuse issues.”
Elijah Blue Allman is the benefactor of a trust fund established by his late father, musician, singer, and songwriter Gregg Allman.
According to the filing, obtained independently by Variety, Elijah Blue is “currently unable to manage his assets due to severe mental health and substance abuse issues.” If her bid for a conservatorship is successful, Cher will receive the trust fund distributions on her son’s behalf.
“Elijah is entitled to regular distributions from the Trust,” the petition reads, “but given his ongoing mental health and substance abuse issues, Petitioner [Cher] is concerned that any funds distributed to Elijah will be immediately spent on drugs, leaving Elijah with no assets to provide for himself and putting Elijah’s life at risk.”
“[Cher] loves Elijah immensely and has always acted with his best interests in mind,” it states.
According to NBC News, it was two of Elijah’s half-siblings who nominated Cher to act as a temporary conservator.
In the filing, Cher points a finger at her son’s estranged wife, Marieangela King, claiming that the two had a “tumultuous relationship” punctuated by “a cycle of drug addiction and mental health crises.”
Elijah filed for a divorce from King in 2021.
According to the legendary singer, King “actively works to keep Elijah from getting clean and sober or receiving mental health treatment that he desperately needs.”
Cher accused King of attempting to check Elijah out of rehab.
It would not, the filing argues, be in his “best interest” to appoint King as the temporary conservator.
“Indeed, it would be unsafe for Elijah and his estate,” the petition argues, “because Petitioner is informed and believes that the appointment of Angela as temporary conservator of Elijah’s estate would result in the immediate loss or dissipation of Elijah’s assets for self-destructive purposes.”
The conservator arrangement was not discussed with Elijah, Cher said, because “he is unable to form or express a preference concerning the appointment of a temporary conservator for his estate.”
That estate is valued at $120,000, according to the filing.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that Cher had hired four men to ensure her son and King didn’t reconcile, Variety reports.
In a statement to People, the “Moonstruck” star denied the reports and said the situation was about her son’s addiction to drugs.
“I’m not suffering from any problem that millions of people in the United States aren’t,” Cher said at the time. “I’m a mother. This is my job — one way or another, to try to help my children. You do anything for your children. Whenever you can help them, you just do it because that’s what being a mother is. But it’s joy, even with heartache — mostly, when you think of your children, you just smile and you love them, and you try to be there for them.”
“An appointment hearing about the temporary conservatorship is scheduled for Jan. 5 in Los Angeles,” NBC News reports, “and another hearing is scheduled for March 6.”
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