A judge granted a restraining order to Chris Martin after a woman allegedly made unwarranted visits to his Malibu home. On Wednesday, May 1, he ordered Ariana Joyce to stay at least 100 years away from him and his property over the next five years.
“The postings are an escalation of her delusional belief that she is in a romantic relationship with Mr. Martin,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Trent Lewis said of Joyce. He added that she “has become fixated on Chris Martin” and posed a “grave risk” to the Coldplay singer’s safety.
In his petition, Martin said Joyce left notes at his residence that alluded to death and suicide, as well as to his daughter Apple, 14, and son Moses, 12, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow.
During the hearing, Lewis criticized Joyce for her actions, which didn’t follow normal court behavior. At her previous two appearances, Lewis reprimanded her for being argumentative, going off on rants and interrupting him when he was speaking.
In one of those hearings, Joyce claimed she didn’t actually step foot onto Martin’s property, but “it’s quite obvious that she did,” Lewis said. The judge further explained that Martin made “extraordinary” efforts to be kind to Joyce when she came to his home and to deal with her in a rational manner.
However, Lewis was sympathetic to the woman’s statement that she enjoyed going to the area because it was near where her father died. “It really is a very sad situation,” he said.
Lewis served the maximum order to Joyce, which means Martin, his children and his current girlfriend, Dakota Johnson, will be protected until at least May 1, 2024. Wednesday’s ruling also means that Martin will not have to return Tuesday and resume the testimony he began April 24. The star was granted an interruption in the hearing so he could tend to business in the U.K.
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