CROATIA – The Croatian representative at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Severina, is locked in a custody battle for her son Aleksandar. His father, Serbian millionaire Milan Popović, is vying for full custody. In April, a judge awarded the couple joint custody of the child, preventing Severina from seeing her only son for 200 days per year. The decision was controversial and a major topic in the press.
Recently, Severina said, “I have to say something about parenting. In order to be a successful parent you firstly need to be a good person. While we are talking about parenting, I have to admit that until Aleksandar’s third year, Milan Popovič didn’t visit him for a total of 18 months. He even admitted to the court that in his own child’s first year he refused to visit him for six and a half months, thinking that the man is not important in a child’s first year. Speaking of shared parenting and not participating in it are two different pairs of sleeves”.
Severina is currently pregnant with her second child and second husband, Serbian footballer Igor Kojić. The Croatian singer has received wide support from her colleagues and she recently released a cover of a song by famous Serbian singer Djordje Balašević, entitled “Uspavanka za dečaka” (A lullaby for a boy), which she dedicated to her son.
Severina represented Croatia with song “Moja štikla” (My high heel) at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, where she came 12th in the final.