The former America’s Next Top Model contestant gave up on her three-year marriage to Fairplay and took their 3-year-old daughter Piper, from their Virginia home on June 8, 2011. She has not returned.
Deighton’s friends have hit back at accusations that she has been refusing Fairplay access to their child since their split. Michelle (26) insists that she is more than willing for the two to spend time together. However, she wants to monitor the visits as she is worried that Fairplay is negligent of their daughter.
From his side, since the split, Jonny Fairplay has served Michelle with legal papers, aiming to get full custody of Piper. Deighton’s friends have branded that “a joke.”
“Michelle is a responsible mom who looks after her daughter and works 40 hours per week at a child care center in Virginia. Jonny is asking her to pay for the legal fees!” the friend claims. The friend also refutes that Jonny has been denied access to his daughter.
“She has not denied Jonny or his family access to Piper and they now only live 15 minutes away from him,” the friend insisted. “All she has insisted is that she is present when he sees their daughter because she fears that he is not responsible enough. He last saw Piper two weeks ago for about 15 minutes but does not return calls from Michelle.”
Jonny has been accused of spending time on his computer or on the phone with his friends while leaving the little girl in front of the television.
It is perhaps something for which many will give Jonny sympathy, having done it themselves. But Michelle said,
“He likes to play golf or go around the country doing Survivor appearances at bars – and as long as they just paid for his flight, drink and board he is happy.”
Neither has filed for divorce but sources close to the former couple say that the marriage is definitely over.