Joe Jonas is sharing his side of the story.
Shortly after Sophie Turner filed court documents against the Jonas Brothers singer on Sept. 21 seeking to return their two children—daughters Willa, 3, and a 14-month-old whose initials are DMJ—to England, a rep for the singer pushed back against the assertions the Game of Thrones alum made in a lengthy statement.
“This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending,” Joe’s rep told E! News. “When language like ‘abduction’ is used, it is misleading at best, and a serious abuse of the legal system at worst.”
While Sophie’s filing doesn’t directly accuse Joe of abducting their children, it does state the court has jurisdiction under the International Child Abduction Remedies Act.
“The children were not abducted,” Joe’s rep reiterated. “After being in Joe’s care for the past three months at the agreement of both parties, the children are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim only to move the divorce proceedings to the UK and to remove the children from the U.S. permanently.”
The rep also reiterated Joe’s recent onstage plea regarding rumors that began circulating around his Sept. 5 divorce filing.
“Joe has already disavowed any and all statements purportedly made on his behalf that were disparaging of Sophie,” the rep statement, acknowledging recent headlines about their split, continued. “They were made without his approval and are not consistent with his views. His wish is that Sophie reconsider her harsh legal position and move forward in a more constructive and private manner. His only concern is the well-being of his children.”
E! News has reached out to Sophie’s team for comment and has not heard back.