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Interview:Usher talks marriage,his kids & his carreer in People Magazine

August 29, 2010

Usher‘s marriage to Tameka Foster may have ended in divorce, but the singer doesn’t consider the relationship a failure.

“I appreciate the relationship for what it was,” he says. “Even though it didn’t work out, I’m glad we got together. I love her as the mother of my children; we just couldn’t be married.”

So what went wrong? Usher says that shortly after the birth of their second child, he and Foster started to disagree over everything from parenting style to his busy schedule.

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.“We’re two different people,” he says, “and we have two different goals. It just was never going to work out 100 percent.”

The singer, 31, who sat down with PEOPLE in his Atlanta-area home, says that the couple’s priority continues to be their children. (He and Foster share custody of Usher V, who turns 3 in November, and Naviyd, who turns 2 a month later.)

“We had to put our issues aside and focus on raising them,” he says. “There will never be another mother for my sons, and I’ll always be their father.”

Life Father, Like Sons

Raising two boisterous boys can be challenging, especially when they take after their famous dad. “Usher [V] is always in everything,” he says. “He’s an instigator. He’s the one who leads his brother astray. I was like that when I was his age.”

Naviyd is more of a follower, doing whatever his big brother does. “So if one gets in trouble, the other one does, too,” says Usher. “They both have a lot of energy. They can wear me out.”

Fortunately, Usher has a babysitter nearby – his mom, Jonetta Patton, lives around the corner. “She spoils them,” Usher says with a sigh. “She lets them do everything that she wouldn’t let me do. Sometimes, when I’m scolding the kids, I sound just like my mom. I’m like, ‘how did Jonetta get in here?’ “

His Career

Usher, who released his new EP Versus last week, says that his work continues to evolve as he evolves in his own life.

“My music is about where I am at the time,” he says. “In Raymond vs. Raymond, I was going through a lot of things, and it came out in my music. My marriage fell apart and I was suddenly a single father. But now, with Versus, I’m singing about being a dating father.”

And will he sing about falling in love again? “I still believe in love,” says Usher. “I believe in marriage. When I fall in love again, everyone will know. I’ll sing about it.”

For more photos and details on Usher’s life as a dad, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands now


Le mariage d’Usher avec Tameka Foster s’est peut-être terminé par un divorce, mais le chanteur ne considère pas sa relation avec elle comme un échec.

«J’apprécie notre relation pour ce qu’elle a été. Même si ça n’a pas fonctionné, je suis heureux que nous ayons été ensemble. Je l’aime comme la mère de mes enfants. Nous ne pouvions seulement pas être mariés», a confié le chanteur au magazine People.

Il croit que son horaire occupé ainsi que des divergences sur la manière d’élever les enfants ont contribué à creuser le fossé entre eux. «Nous sommes deux personnes différentes et nous avons des buts différents. C’était impossible que ça fonctionne à cent pour cent», croit Usher, qui estime que sa relation avec Tameka Foster a commencé à se détériorer après la naissance de leur deuxième enfant.

Celui qui a lancé son nouveau maxi «Versus» la semaine dernière souligne que la musique lui permet de traverser des épreuves. «Ma musique réfère à l’étape où je suis dans ma vie. Dans Raymond v. Raymond, beaucoup de choses se brassaient dans ma vie et je l’ai exprimé par mon art. Mon mariage s’était dissout et j’étais soudainement un père célibataire. Mais maintenant, dans Versus, je chante sur le fait d’être un père à l’affût des rencontres.»

Le chanteur a eu deux garçons avec la styliste Tameka Foster. Ils se sont divorcés en
novembre 2009 après deux ans de vie commune.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. deadara hudson permalink
    June 20, 2011 4:19 am

    i have always admired you usher, you are and always will be not only a great entertainer, but a wonderful father, even before you were married and had kids, i love everything about you since your first album, and when i first seen you in the movie,…with forest whitaker as a cop in your school, cant think of the name right now,,..but i will once im done! Like always,..but you keep being a great man and a wonderful father to your kids,..youll find love again,…wish it was me,…lol,..

  2. Tanya Eve Medlock permalink
    February 9, 2011 5:49 pm

    We all go thru blessns&unfortunately challenges n life we win@luv&lose@luv but we pick up the pieces&move proud of Usher&x-wife4putn differences aside n order2raise2sons.Speakn from experience never married but single mom raising2sons also.keep up good work Usher!good dad!

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