Madison Channing Walls, The Challenge: Vendettas star Tony Raines’ baby mama, has told fans on Instagram that the truth will come out after rumors started to swirl that she gave up custody of her 2-year-old daughter, Harper London, and suffered from a drug relapse. According to court papers, Walls’ parents, Cally and Michael Shapshak, have had “possession of the child” since her birth.
“A lot to be told and owned. But only healing and a beautiful life to come from all the pain I am overcoming. All I ask is to be patient with me. I love everyone with all I have,” said Walls.
In April, the Shapshaks asked the court for sole custody of Harper, and they argued that since they have had her since she was born, it is in her best interest to remain with them instead of Raines or Walls. In July, Walls responded to her parents’ petition and wrote that she wanted her parents to have custody of her daughter.
However, Raines, who also has a daughter with his girlfriend, Alyssa Giacone, refused to sign away his parental rights. In his response that he filed in August, he admitted that the Shapshaks have taken care of Harper since her birth, but that is because Walls had been living with them, and he believes she will continue to do so.
Raines also denies that making Harper’s grandparents her managing conservators is in her best interest. Instead, he believes that he, Walls, and the Shapshaks can come to an agreement for custody and visitation. But if they can’t, he asks the court to step in.
This custody battle comes after an Instagram post that sparked speculation Walls had relapsed on heroin. In the now-deleted post, Walls shared a pic where she appeared incredibly skinny, and there also appeared to be track marks on her arm.
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My face doesn’t show it but the dad in me was so worried about being on these damn railroad tracks 😳🚂 Picture came out great though and thanks @shanejraines for your patience and nifty camera work 📷 . . . #Family #MyGirls #Love #Happy #Smile #MickeyMouse #MinnieMouse #Disney #NoFilter #Converse #Downtown #ProudDad
Walls’ social media activity has become less and less lately. When she does post, it is usually selfies or older pics. In the caption of a recent post of her and her daughter, Walls wrote that she had to go off the grid, but would be back soon. She also thanked fans for their support.
As for the drug rumors, Walls’ mom, Cally, says they are not true, and that her daughter is doing great and nothing is wrong. She also explained that the filing for conservatorship of Harper was because they want their family to raise her and to protect her. She added that Raines isn’t involved in Harper’s life and isn’t on her birth certificate, even though he seems to post about her on social media a lot.
Walls has opened up about her past struggles with addiction, and once revealed on the Real World: Skeletons that she has overdosed on heroin more than once. She said that it scarred her for life, and she feels grateful to be alive.
Catch Tony Raines on new episodes of The Challenge, Tuesday nights on MTV.