Since it was announced on September 5th that Joe Jonas was filing for divorce from Sophie Turner, fans have accused the singer of running a smear campaign against his wife.
Shortly after the split was announced, a source with “direct knowledge” shared TMZ that the 27-year-old actress’ alleged partying was to blame, as Jonas, 34, took the couple’s two daughters – Willa, 3, and DJ, 1 – on tour while Turner filmed a new TV show in the UK
However, the alleged attempts to paint that X Men Star as a bad mother seems to have backfired. Social media has come out in full force in Turner’s defense. The English native has sued Jonas for unlawfully detaining her young children in the United States
“This is officially a #JoeJonas hate and pro #SophieTurner account,” @EmbezzlingErika said on X, the social network formerly known as Twitter. “Fuck this guy who is trying to separate young children from their mothers after using a calculated, nasty and fabricated PR move to claim that she is a partygoer unfit to be their mother.”
Roxane Gay agreed, writing: “The way Joe Jonas has misjudged his popularity with his blatant attempts at PR manipulation, especially as the North remembers, is FASCINATING. And holding the children’s passports to keep them away from their mother? Bruh.”
“Man…and considering #JoeJonas used to be my favorite Jonas…” Amy Thornton said.
“I’m not a Joe Bro girlie or big Sophie Turner fan in any sense of the word,” wrote @Mars_Hunter67. “I’m watching how the whole thing from the beginning was designed to beat her up and put her on a pedestal. And these children are the focus.”
“We’re on the side of the Queen in the North!” Kavya commented, referring to Turner’s character Sansa Stark game of Thrones.
“Sophie Turner played Sansa F****** Stark, a woman who saw all her tormentors fall without batting an eye, and Joe Jonas thought he could win this custody battle???? Be F****** Fri,” Kels said.
However, some users supported Jonas, with Zoe writing: “Nothing else matters except his smile and his happiness.”
“You will never be alone, unsupported or unloved by any of us @joejonas!! We all love supporting you and are always here for you!!,” said Abby.
“Joe did it wrong, but I’m Team Joe,” Breanna commented.
@kebob shared a screenshot of Jonas’ press release – in which he denied not informing Turner of the divorce and making disparaging comments about his ex-wife – along with the caption: “Joe Jonas literally said this hours ago, but you all called him “a liar and a manipulator!!!”
While Bex said: “Maybe during the breaks let’s talk about the custody battle between Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas… their children are literally nobody’s business but their own.”
According to court documents obtained by NBC News, Turner filed a petition yesterday claiming her daughters were being unlawfully detained in New York City rather than at their “habitual residence” in the United Kingdom. According to the papers, the couple declared England their permanent residence in April because they wanted their children to go to school there.
The filing also alleged that Jonas refused to hand over the children’s passports. The couple decided that their daughters would travel with Jonas over the summer while Turner worked on a TV drama Joan in the United Kingdom, and they planned to return to England in September, according to the Daily Mail.
However, when the former couple met on September 17 to discuss terms, Jonas reportedly refused to hand over the girls’ passports or allow the children to return home with Turner. The petition states that this is a “breach of the mother’s right of custody under English law, as England is the children’s habitual residence.”
When news of Turner’s filing broke, a statement attributed to Jonas’ representation was released, calling the situation an “unfortunate legal disagreement.”
“The children were not kidnapped,” the statement said. “Joe is committed to co-parenting the children so that they are raised by both their mother and father, and of course is also happy for the children to be raised in both the US and the UK.”
Since returning to the US, Turner has been seen spending time with Jonas’ ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift. The couple was spotted having dinner at Via Carota in New York City on September 19th before meeting again at Hotel Barriere Fouquet’s yesterday.
The 33-year-old singer briefly dated Jonas in 2008, but during a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowSwift claimed the pop star dumped her in a 25-second phone call.
Fans couldn’t get enough of the budding friendship, with Jay commenting: “Sophie Turner and Taylor Swift had the opportunity to do the funniest thing ever and they did.”
One night out with Taylor Swift & Sophie Turner sues Joe Jonas for kidnapping. She is so powerful. You gotta love it,” Ramona Flowers joked.
“Joe Jonas has Mickey Mouse lawyers (literally), and he’s about to FAFO with the Queen of the North, who rightfully has Taylor “I Want Him To Know It Was Me” Energy Swift by her side said Maggie Katherine.
“Joe Jonas thinking he can win against Sophie Turner and Taylor Swift is as wild to me as if he didn’t even win against Taylor the first time,” Annie wrote.
“My mom and I were gossiping about Joe Jonas over dinner, while Sophie Turner and Taylor Swift were probably doing the same thing,” Vee said. “I love being a girl.”
Newsweek has reached out to Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner for comment.