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Gabby Douglas Reveals Her Father ‘Was Never Really There’

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Gabby Douglas Reveals Father Wasn’t Involved In Her Life

In a shocking interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas revealed her father, Timothy Douglas, “was never really there“. Mr. Douglas is a staff sergeant in the Air National Guard who was twice married to Gabby’s mother, Natalie Hawkins, but the two are now perusing a divorce. Mr. Douglas unexpectedly arrived at Gabby’s Olympics trials in San Jose, California, holding an American flag and cheering his daughter on. She hadn’t seen him for two years until that day. He then reappeared (unexpectedly) in London waving an American flag with the words “Go Gabby. Love, Dad” written on it.

Gabby revealed that when her father made those two unexpected appearances she thought “We know what you’re trying to pull. It’s too late to hop on the bus.” Many believe Tim Douglas was attempting to reshape his image of being a deadbeat dad. MailOnline revealed that he was arrested on March 8 for contributing to the delinquency of a child. Natalie Hawkins appeared in court two days before purchasing her ticket to London regarding Tim Douglas’ failure to pay child support. The judge increased his child support payments to $500.

The family’s home is currently facing foreclosure due to unpaid utility bills.

62 Comments

  1. The Rain

    August 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    This little girl is starting to get under my skin.Where is the social value in us knowing that she has issues with her dad?Is not this a personal issue?All you men out there,please don’t have sex with anyone that you are not in a committed relationship with,and please don’t have children with or marry anyone you are not willing to stay with until the child is grown.It is just not worth the hassel or the money.This girl is hell bent on making her mom a saint and demonizing her father.If my mother or father is no good,that is no one’s business but our own.

  2. F. V. Roberts

    August 31, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Gabby needs to leave Grown Folks business alone. She needs to capitalize on the endorsements she can accrue and maintain a private and professional decorum and image. She is being ill advised which could impact the company’s choice for her to represent their companies. The more she get into the gutter about her personal life, the lesser her image and value. She was interviewed by Oprah and did not reveal such dumb stuff. Why give Vanity Fair the personal dirt. Go figure.

  3. Joyce Malika

    August 31, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I think “nosey Grown Folks” need to stop asking this child about her personal life and beep it moving with gymnastics conversation only. THIS IS A CHILD!!! I bet they wouldn’t try this with her Mom! Go Figure….

  4. David2001

    August 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’m fed up with white mainstream media and their obsession with the stereotypical image of the black male. Unfortunately Gabby Douglas allowed this rag of a magazine and IMHO her mother to take her down that road. This statement contradicts what she was stating earlier about her relationship with her father. I’m curious to know why she would volunteer such negative information about her father. Whether this is true or not it sounds like something a embittered mother would want a child to say about her father. Something her mother was accused of being by not acknowledging her father’s role in raising her. This is certainly something white mainstream media and far too many black women love to hear and sell to the white masses.

  5. jacquie

    August 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    To all of the above, this is Gabby’s story, and if she wants to set the record straight about her sorry @ss biological sperm donor, what’s wrong with that? This is not a black thing. He is a sorry father. Why should she have to lie for him? None of you above addressed what she said. She….said….he….wasn’t….there. That he perputrated a fraud. Please respond to what she said.

    • DEDL

      September 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thanks for your rational comment!

      • Nedrea

        September 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        I concur…someone said this is grown folks business, really??? I am in the same position she is in, and I was facing this as a child. I never knew my father, and when he called trying to see if the Michigan Warrant had been lifted, I felt nothing but disgust. Yes, she has issues with her sperm donor, because I have issues with mine. She will be facing this even more so when she becomes an adult. She can say as she pleases for those who tell her not to say anything. She is NOT being ill advised. If anything her father, just like mine is a sorry excuse for a human and is nothing but vomit.

    • raheem

      September 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      at least get paid for it..have some business sense and write a book if you’re going to air your family business. she is allowing these white people to sell her story and reep the majority of the profits.

  6. Erica

    September 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Exactly jacquie, She had not seen him it two years, the media was saying he was deployed etc, but he must have been home at some time, didn’t/couldn’t he have found time to be with his KIDS, not ex wife to be, she was living somewhere else, was he in contact with her, the reality is whether we like it or not, there are too many black women raising kids ALONE, with no help from bio dad, but they appear when there is success. Michael Phelps’ mom has been there from day one and he never acknowledges his father and it’s no big deal, but it is an issue when she does. That is her truth and she is entitled to it and should not be ashamed. The courts has him as a deadbeat so the proof is in the pudding..

  7. cheche

    September 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Amen…stop protecting these deadbeat dads like mine, my daughters and my grandaughters dads. And the sorry thing about all these guys is that they have money but just sorry individules. I would also like to give a shoutout to all the dads I see who do try to take care of there children the best that they can.

  8. Lnyce

    September 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    The last three comments are making me sick. Gabby is no longer a lay person she is in the limelight and definitely needs to be careful about specific information she discloses about her personal life/personal opinions about issues. White people (and everybody else who loves to see black ppl down) are loving that she’s being suckered into telling her business to “get things straight”. Ain’t nothing getting straight ppl are nosey n love to hear ppl dish out info about controversial things. It’s none of our business whether or not her father was in her life or not the public should only be focused on her career n how she’s becoming a role model. For all yal who have deadbeat dads in your life nobody really cares n that’s life. All they care about is judging you and getting a kick out of listening to your bitterness. Im going through the same things but I’m not encouraging telling my business n being bitter. That just makes you look stupid and allows other ppl to control how you feel about things. Smh to even posting this article. Vanity Fair tho?! Smdh…

    • Nedrea

      September 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      You are stupid, please shoot yourself in the foot…….

  9. insightful

    September 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    That is so RIGHT!! You continue to “PROTECT” their sorry behinds, they will continue to destroy inocent lives. Forget how that man will look & think about ALL she will have to endure because she didn’t learn how to LOVE A BLACK MAN. I say GABBY let the TRUTH SET YOU FREE regardless of the Platform u r on. You tell BAP (Black American Princess) I love you & Support YOU!

  10. Miss T

    September 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    It seems to me that some of yall need to get out the way and let him be a father…maybe he just doesn’t want YOU but wants to be a father! You became a parent for whatever reason but if there was no relationship…then it is what it is and you can’t make it more than what it is. Yall go up to his job, call his woman, put him on blast on FB all kinds of madness but you want him to be with you and if doesn’t the children have no father. That’s why I tell my sons don’t go anywhere near a young lady that doesn’t have her father in her life because she WILL BE a bitter woman, like her mother, taking it out on you. Now as far as Gabrielle is concerned, she needs to zip it up and stop playing into the media circus, but that’s her mother’s fault. She is a child, and children have no filters and they speak about how things make them feel and in her situation it should not be discussed in a public forum. Condemning her father does not make her mother look like a heroine it only makes her look bitter, weak and pathetic when you allow your child to be the spokesperson for what goes on in your lives. All that needed to be said is that he is in the military…end of story. Gabrielle’s accomplishments should be celebrated and not marred with such ugliness. Come on Black people, it’s hard enough for us!

  11. hollywood

    September 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    As a former officer of the United States Army, I find it difficult to beleive that he was not paying child support. Everything you do is revolved aroung you getting promoted which affects your pay. Had he not been paying child support he would have been called out by his commanding officer. Anytime you owe something the millitary makes sure it comes off the top of your pay check.

  12. manu

    September 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Brothers save your children from these evil woman By any means necessary. For much of the last several years, Douglas, who has done three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has made do with YouTube videos of his daughter’s routines as he served with the 203rd Red Horse civil engineering squadron, either in Virginia Beach or in Kandahar. “I just had to pray to God just to keep him safe and tell the angels to keep my dad safe and come home,” she told NBC. Even if Sgt. Douglas couldn’t see Gabby win the gold in person, the surprise visit to the trials, which marked the first time he’d seen her in nearly two years, resulted in a joyful reunion. Douglas held up an American flag with “Go Gabby Douglas, Love, Dad” on the front and his daughter had no idea he was in the crowd. “I’m like, ‘Who’s calling my name?’ And then I look up,” she told the Des Moines Register. “It was my dad and his friend, and I haven’t seen him in a while,” Gabby said later. “They were holding up the flag. And I almost felt like bawling. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, Dad!” “I just missed her so much,” Timothy Douglas told the paper. “It’s just so thrilling what’s going on.” As her father no doubt watched from afar and Gabby took her place atop the podium, her own feelings of national pride were stoked. SOMEONE IS LYING AND SOMEONE WAS LIE TO. We saw an example of this on Dr.Phill show when an AA-grand mother lie that the child toll her that she was felt on by her father.Dr.Phill said your are lying because you are crying and there are no tears.[The military take out for the family first.]EVIL is hard to stay with.

  13. Quami

    September 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I really can’t believe this, because the military don’t play when it comes to child support. The mother of your child get the money every month with out question.

  14. Observant

    September 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    These people(media) are trying to make her dad look bad because they have always tried to potray black men as worthless and most black women have bought into this idea! They need to be inclusive because currently, there are so many trifling people in all races of people. I recognized in Oprah’s interview how her own mother had so much praise for this white man who is probably charging Gabby’s mom out of the butt for rent! They are trying to pretend they are Christians, let’s be real, that family needed some extra cash so they took Gabby in for the extra income! Gabby is almost grown, so I guess her mother is saying horray, this white man and his wife supposedly has raised Gabby for 2 years when she was there for 14 years giving money for gymnastics, come on somebody needs to have a brain. Gabby probably need to go on hush next time these white people try to get her to spill the beans or dish on her family members!

  15. JC

    September 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Garbriel’s mother is too blame for not showing a united front. If anything they didn’t even need to say anything it was obvious that her dad wasn’t around. People of color like to celebrate drama. Every time Gabriel and her mother do an interview they are just closing future opportunities for themselves by presenting their story to the media in the manner they have. You can still tell a story about working hard and becoming a star. Get it together. Hire a PR person to teach you how to talk to the press. Despicable!

  16. Max

    September 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Bottom line is Having a CHILD WITH A BLACK WOMAN IS WORST THAN HAVING A CHILD WITH ANOTHER WOMAN OUTSIDE OF YOUR RACE. THIS BALCK WOMAN HAS CONVINCED HER UNGRATEFUL DAUGHTER THAN 2 YEARS OUT OF HER 16 PATHETIC YEARS OF HER LIFE THAT HER FATHER IS NO GOOD , WHEN IN FACT HE HAS BEEN SUPPORTING THIS POOR EXCUSE OF A MOTHER ALL HIS LIFE BY PAYING CHILD SUPPORT. WHICH MOST BLACK WOMEN ARE CLUSELESS TO THE FACT THAT CHILD SUPPORT IS NOT FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CHILD BUT TO IMPRISON OUR BLACK MEN EVEN MORE AND LEAVE OUR BLACK COMMUNITY FATHERLESS, BECAUSE WITH NO MALE PRESENCE IT IS EASIER TO CONTROL THESE WAYWARDLY NON CONSCIOUS WOMEN AND DO WHAT EVER THE SYSTEM PLEASES WITH THEM. CHILD SUPPORT IS A SYSTEM DESIGNED TO SELL BACK OUT BLACK CHILDREN TO US. SLAVERY AND DURING THE 40’S TO 60’S , WE HAD NO CHILD SUPPORT , WE COOKED AND PROVIDED FOR OUR KIDS AND WE RAISED STELLAR LEADERS. IT DOES NOT TAKE THAT MUCH MONEY TO RAISE A CHILD. IF YOU ARE NOT A MACDONALDS EATING GHETTO TRASH OF A MOTHER THAT DONT KNOW HOW TO COOK THEN THOSE KIDDIE MEALS ARE GOING TO ADD UP. FOR A FATHER TO GO TO A CHILDS GAME OR TAKE HIM/HER TO THE PARK TO PLAY COST , ZERO MONEY ZILCH. CHILD SICK GET MEDICAID OR MEDICARE. CLOTHES CAN BE BOUT AT THE THRIFT STORE. NO JORDAN’S SNEAKERS NECESSARY. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT AM SURE YOU GET THE MESSAGE. WHITE WOMEN AREN’T WALKING AWAY FROM THEIR WHITE MEN IN THIS MEDIA ONSLAUGHT OF BLACK MALE BASHING ONLY BLACK WOMEN SEEM TO ENCOURAGE AND SWEAR BY. THE GAME IS BEING PLAYED ON YOU BLACK SISTERS WHO ARE SO PATHETIC AND WEAK YOU CANT SEEM TO FIGURE OUT THAT YOU ARE BEING PLAYED. KEEP BELIEVE BLACK MEN ARE DEAD BEATS AND KEEP PLAYING UP THE HYPE THE MEDIA HAS TRICKED YOU INTO BELIEVING OR BUY INTO. AND WHEN THERE IS NO MEN LEFT AND ITS TIME FOR YOUR ASSES TO BE RAPED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY THE SYSTEM WHEN ALL OUR BLACK BROTHERS ARE LOCKED AWAY OR DEAD , THEN RUN TO THE WHITE MAN WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SLAVERY AND SEE HOW MUCH BETTER OF A MAN AND FATHER TO YOU HE GONNA BE. SMDH !

    • Max

      September 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Bottom line is Having a CHILD WITH A BLACK WOMAN IS WORST THAN HAVING A CHILD WITH ANOTHER WOMAN OUTSIDE OF YOUR RACE. THIS BLACK WOMAN HAS CONVINCED HER UNGRATEFUL DAUGHTER THAN 2 YEARS OUT OF HER 16 PATHETIC YEARS OF HER LIFE THAT HER FATHER IS NO GOOD , WHEN IN FACT HE HAS BEEN SUPPORTING THIS POOR EXCUSE OF A MOTHER ALL HIS LIFE BY PAYING CHILD SUPPORT. WHICH MOST BLACK WOMEN ARE CLUELESS TO THE FACT THAT CHILD SUPPORT IS NOT FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CHILD BUT TO IMPRISON OUR BLACK MEN EVEN MORE AND LEAVE OUR BLACK COMMUNITY FATHERLESS, BECAUSE WITH NO MALE PRESENCE IT IS EASIER TO CONTROL THESE WAYWARDLY NON CONSCIOUS WOMEN AND DO WHAT EVER THE SYSTEM PLEASES WITH THEM. CHILD SUPPORT IS A SYSTEM DESIGNED TO SELL BACK OUR BLACK CHILDREN TO US. SLAVERY AND DURING THE 40’S TO 60’S , WE HAD NO CHILD SUPPORT , WE COOKED AND PROVIDED FOR OUR KIDS AND WE RAISED STELLAR LEADERS. IT DOES NOT TAKE THAT MUCH MONEY TO RAISE A CHILD. IF YOU ARE NOT A MCDONALD’S EATING GHETTO TRASH OF A MOTHER THAT DON’T KNOW HOW TO COOK THEN THOSE KIDDIE MEALS ARE GOING TO ADD UP. FOR A FATHER TO GO TO A CHILD’S GAME OR TAKE HIM/HER TO THE PARK TO PLAY COST , ZERO MONEY ZILCH. CHILD SICK GET MEDICAID OR MEDICARE. CLOTHES CAN BE BOUGHT AT THE THRIFT STORE. NO JORDAN’S SNEAKERS NECESSARY. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT AM SURE YOU GET THE MESSAGE. WHITE WOMEN AREN’T WALKING AWAY FROM THEIR WHITE MEN IN THIS MEDIA ONSLAUGHT OF MALE BASHING ONLY BLACK WOMEN SEEM TO ENCOURAGE AND SWEAR BY. THE GAME IS BEING PLAYED ON YOU BLACK SISTERS WHO ARE SO PATHETIC AND WEAK YOU CANT SEEM TO FIGURE OUT THAT YOU ARE BEING PLAYED. KEEP BELIEVING BLACK MEN ARE DEAD BEATS AND KEEP PLAYING UP THE HYPE THE MEDIA HAS TRICKED YOU INTO BELIEVING OR BUY INTO. AND WHEN THERE IS NO MEN LEFT AND ITS TIME FOR YOUR ASSES TO BE RAPED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY THE SYSTEM WHEN ALL OUR BLACK BROTHERS ARE LOCKED AWAY OR DEAD , THEN RUN TO THE WHITE MAN WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SLAVERY AND SEE HOW MUCH BETTER OF A MAN AND FATHER TO YOU HE GONNA BE. SMDH !

    • Miss T

      September 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      SPEAK…

  17. Tammy

    September 3, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Max…trust me…there a lot of trailer park honey boo boo klan of white pigs that are just as bad…bet u came from one

    • Max

      September 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Clearly what i said is hella true , cuz you couldn’t add to what i was saying except toss an insult. Honesty is not one of your best trait, step off BITCH. I live in my own house , where do you live ? In a crack infested project. Get some consciousness if you can read past grade leve1.Smh

  18. Shut-up

    September 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Please SHUT-UP with all the hater aid. I thought this was AMERICA were you have the freedom to do what you will. Or is that just for one race of people?

  19. Porcelain

    September 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Max, what is wrong with you? You speak like a torture soul against black. You have it bad are you white or truly black, because if you are black you know the truth and if you are white pretending to be black so you can write the way you did sad. You had so many holes in your story and a serpent of lies. You sound like either you want us to think you have had it bad or you are just rotten to the core. Pray for MAX and his deceitful lies.

    Oh and max I can back it up!

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